For each product category in the Consumer Guide, we’ve collected a handful of items that appeared in NM in 2014. In some cases the original article is longer, so we’ve provided the link, in case you’d like to look up more information:
Lasher All-Terrain Handcycle
Lasher Sport is taking handcycling off the paved path with its ATH (all-terrain handcycle). A brainchild of Lasher Sport owner and wheelchair user, Bill Lasher, the Lasher ATH started as a one-off experiment, so that Lasher could mountain bike with his buddies. The design worked so well that after refinement, Lasher put it into his product line (a custom wheelchair company) and the Lasher ATH has been turning heads ever since. With a frame formed of ovalized magnesium, the body is both ultralight and ultra-strong, with a complete cycle weighing in around 40 pounds. The crank set is a Shimano SLX, with gearing that allows from long climbs to high-speed runs on the flats. Add to those features an array of mountain bike wheel options, and you have a ride that’s ready for the rough stuff, including 6 inches of ground clearance. Now, don’t be fooled by the Lasher ATH’s off-road emphasis. For those living in a concrete jungle, the Lasher ATH smooths rough roads and is quite a capable curb climber. Notable options include a winter wheel set for riding on snow-packed trails; light package; fenders; hydration system; and cargo bags. The Lasher ATH is custom built, so its $4,995 price tag isn’t cheap. However, the Lasher ATH will get you to a path less traveled — and that’s hard to put a price on.