Hand Magnum



Greenspeed has been building hand trikes to order since 1992, and these machines have been shipped to owners all over the world, including Europe and the USA. Greenspeed hand cycles are different from most other hand cycles in that they are based on the Greenspeed recumbent tricycles rather than a wheelchair with an extra wheel. Thus they are rear wheel drive, which gives superior traction than front wheel drive for hill climbing. Unlike lean to steer machines, the turning circle is even superior to the standard Greenspeed trikes, which have a very small turning circle, making them ideal for manoeuvring in tight places.  The history of the development of the Greenspeed Hand Cycle or GTH can be seen in our 2014 Catalogue, available as a download from the front page of our web site, or in hard copy format from Greenspeed dealers.

GTH 20/26 - 1992

GTH 16/16 - 2003

Hand Magnum 2014 


Thus the Hand Magnum draws on over twenty years of development at Greenspeed, plus has a host of new features over previous Greenspeed Hand Cycles. Right from the start we realized that unlike most bike riders, hand cycles riders were not normally able to get off their machines and push if the hills were too steep, so we added extra gearing systems which enables riders to climb mountains when they felt they needed the challenge. The Hand Magnum continues this theme by using three gearing systems. A nine speed derailleur system, a three speed rear hub, and two speed crank system. This gives a gear range of 946% or from 12 inches to 110 inches, plus the hub gears and the crank gears can be changed both while in motion and when stationary.


3 x 9 speed rear hub                Two speed cranks

While previous Grenspeed Hand Trikes were always built to suit the size and ability of the rider, we wanted to lower the cost of the machines to bring hand cycling to a greater number of people than those who could afford to pay for a specially built, one off machine. Thus to mass produce them, we needed to make them adjustable to suit a wide range of riders. To this end the Magnum, with its adjustable seat, and strong yet light frame was an ideal base. So the Hand Magnum has all the great features which has made the Magnum our best selling trike. The seat adjusts both for rake and for height. The wheels pop off using wheelchair type Quick-Release axles, the seat is detachable with 3 quick releases, and the frame folds in half for easy transport or storage. In addition the cranking and steering column folds forward to allow easy mounting and dismounting from the machine. Plus the cranking and steering head can be raised or lowered with the flip of a handy quick release lever. And as well as the seat back being adjustable fore and aft, the steering and cranking head can be moved fore and aft. To accommodate different leg lengths, there is 6" of foot rest adjustment, plus the footrest length can be reduced by up to 10" making a total leg adjustment of 16" available.

Adjustable Seat

"Pop-Off" front wheels

Column Folded

Hand Trike Folded


Other features are the crank handles have the spindles completely clear of the riders hands, and which are instantly adjustable for width to suit the shoulder width of the rider. The controls are on a left hand stalk, which houses the rear derailleur shift lever, the balanced two into one brake lever, and the twist grip control for the the three speed rear hub. This stalk is adjustable fore and aft, plus in and out from the seat. Plus it could be shortened if the rider required the controls to be lower. The two speed crank gears are shifted with a button in the centre of the cranks.

Some people may prefer to have the brakes and the gear shifters on the crank handles. We and most of our customers have not found that necessary. However to cater for riders with this preference, we have made the crank handles long enough to accept both shifters and brake lever at there top and bottom. Thus is should be fairly easy to fit the brakes and shifter on the crank handles if need be. Likewise, if this preference is not needed, then the length of the handles could be reduced.

One of the main advantages of the Greenspeed Hand Trikes is that they use the same engineering which has made Greenspeed trikes the 1st choice for long distance touring in all parts of the world, and this has now been enhanced with the design of the Magnum, which has been developed for both on road and off road use. This advantage cannot be explained in any list of specifications, no matter how detailed, it can only be felt by the seat of the pants, in an extensive test ride. Some riders have even ridden long distances on other machines before realizing that none can  compare with Greenspeed for comfort, roadholding, handling and reliability over long distances. In fact many Greenspeed trikes bought over 20 years ago are still in use today. 

Gill and John Wells, April 2014. On GTR trikes bought 1994.

Same Engineering, Phillip Bissell, GTR, with Rob Verity, GTH April 2002

You Tube Video, Muffy Davis, GTH, USA.

Greg Smith, Para Olympic Gold Medal Athlete, Hand Magnum.

Thus we advise potential buyer's to ride other machines if possible before riding ours. A limited number of  Hand Magnums are now available in the USA and Australia. In case of any difficulty in finding a machine to test ride, please contact Greenspeed USA or Greenspeed Australia

Ian Sims, Greenspeed CEO, July 2014.


Greenspeed Magnum Hand Trike Specifications:-



7005 Aluminium with quick release seat, centre fold, and folding column column




85 *


30 to 35

Seat Height

12 to 17

Seat Angle

30 to 48 degrees

Seat Width


X - Seam Range

40 - 50"

Ground Clearance


Turning circle






Front Wheels

Push button quick release

Rear Wheel

Nutted axle


20 alloy


Stainless Steel


20 x 2.0 Schwalbe Big Apple


54 speed


Mountain Drive, 42t x 160 mm


SA 9sp. 11/34

Rear derailleur

SA 9 speed.


YBN nine speed


SA bar end 9 speed

Gear Range

7 to 104, 1434%


Twin Sturmey Archer 90 mm drums

Rider weight limit

400 lbs

Luggage weight limit

88 lbs

Trike weight

44 lbs

Boxed size

33 x 29 x 18" (830 x 725 x 465 mm)

Recommended Price


* with foot rest extension at max.

Specifications subject to change without notice.