Sun Seeker T3 CX Electric Trike Review

Sun Seeker T3 Cx Electric Bike Review
Sun Seeker T3 Cx
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Geared Hub Motor In Rear 500 Watt
Sun Seeker T3 Cx 48 Volt 10 Amp Hour Lithium Ion Battery Rack Mounted
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Sleek Backlit Lcd Display Steering
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Vented Mesh Seat Adjustable
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Kenda Kwest Tires 20 1 25
Sun Seeker T3 Cx 12 Magnet Cadence Sensor Pedelec
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Winzip Mm Mechanical Disc Brakes 160 Mm
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Sram X4 Drivetrain 24 Speed
Sun Seeker T3 Cx 3 Amp Portable Battery Charger
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Electric Bike Review
Sun Seeker T3 Cx
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Geared Hub Motor In Rear 500 Watt
Sun Seeker T3 Cx 48 Volt 10 Amp Hour Lithium Ion Battery Rack Mounted
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Sleek Backlit Lcd Display Steering
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Vented Mesh Seat Adjustable
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Kenda Kwest Tires 20 1 25
Sun Seeker T3 Cx 12 Magnet Cadence Sensor Pedelec
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Winzip Mm Mechanical Disc Brakes 160 Mm
Sun Seeker T3 Cx Sram X4 Drivetrain 24 Speed
Sun Seeker T3 Cx 3 Amp Portable Battery Charger


  • A sleek, lightweight, recumbent electric trike with higher top speed and 24 gears, as a tadpole design your body and arms are more aerodynamic and laid back
  • Completely adjustable frame and mesh seat accommodate taller and shorter riders, those looking for a leaned-back body position as well as upright, it's easy to work with and change
  • Some generic parts keep the price down but you get reinforced rims, larger spokes, a SRAM drivetrain and a nice display here along with a solid one year warranty, shipping costs $350
  • Rear heavy design with both the motor and battery towards the back, generic mechanical disc brakes work well enough, no bottle cage bosses but the battery rack works with trunk bags and panniers

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Sun Seeker


T3 CX Electric Trike


$2,285 ($350 Shipping, Fully Assembled Ready to Ride)

Body Position:


Suggested Use:

Neighborhood, Urban

Electric Bike Class:

Throttle on Demand (Class 2), Speed Pedalec (Class 3)
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1 Year Comprehensive


United States

Model Year:


Bicycle Details

Total Weight:

66 lbs (29.93 kg)

Battery Weight:

9.3 lbs (4.21 kg)

Motor Weight:

9.4 lbs (4.26 kg)

Frame Material:

Tig Welded Cro-Mo Steel

Geometry Measurements:

39″ (99 cm) Wheel Base, 65″-73″ (165.1-185 cm) Overall Length, 33″ (85 cm) Width, 13″-14″ (33-35.5 cm) Seat Height

Frame Types:


Frame Colors:

Metallic Red

Frame Fork Details:

High Tensile Steel, Rigid

Attachment Points:

Rear Rack Bosses, Bottle Cage Bosses

Gearing Details:

24 Speed 3x8 SRAM X-4, 11-32T

Shifter Details:

SRAM Grip Shift on Left and Right


170 mm Cranks, 30-42-52T Chainrings


Wellgo LU-812 Metal Cage


Sealed Mechanism Alloy


Alloy, Roadster Style

Brake Details:

Winzip-MM Mechanical Disc with 160 mm Rotors, Wuxing Levers with Motor Inhibitor and Parking Latch


Flat Rubber, Locking


Alloy Frame, Padded Mesh

Seat Post:

Rans Style Seat Slide


Alloy, Stainless Nipples and Eyelets, 36 Hole


Front Stainless 14G Black, Rear Stainless 12G Silver

Tire Brand:

Kenda Kwest, 20" x 1.25"

Wheel Sizes:

20 in (50.8cm)

Tire Details:

75 to 100 PSI

Tube Details:

Schrader Valve


Bolt-on Rack with Pannier Blockers 25 kg Max Weight, Adjustable Angle Seat with Removable Cover, Adjustable Length Boom, Heavy-Duty Torque Arm for Motor Mount


Locking Removable Battery, 1.5 lb 3 Amp Charger, KMC Z Chain, 300 lb Max Load

Electronic Details

Motor Brand:

Electric Bike Technologies

Motor Type:

Rear-Mounted Geared Hub
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Motor Nominal Output:

500 watts

Motor Peak Output:

1000 watts

Motor Torque:

45 Newton meters

Battery Brand:

Electric Bike Technologies

Battery Voltage:

48 volts

Battery Amp Hours:

10 ah

Battery Watt Hours:

480 wh

Battery Chemistry:


Charge Time:

4 hours

Estimated Min Range:

15 miles (24 km)

Estimated Max Range:

35 miles (56 km)

Display Type:

King Meter, Fixed, Backlit, Monochrome LCD


Battery Level (5 Bars), Speed, Avg. Speed, Max Speed, Power Level (0-5), Odometer, Trip A, Trip B

Display Accessories:

Independent Button Pad

Drive Mode:

Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Trigger Throttle (12 Magnet Pedelec Sensor)

Top Speed:

26 mph (42 kph) (Adjustable Speed, PAS Sensitivity, Current)

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Written Review

The T3 CX Electric Trike is a conversion by Electric Bike Technologies using a Sun Seeker platform. This is their top of the line model with higher top speeds and a more performance oriented geometry. You sit low, leaned back and the tires are narrow and efficient with higher PSI. Weighing in at 66 lbs, this is one of the lighter tadpole electric trikes I’ve tested but it doesn’t skimp on utility. There’s a solid rack with pannier guards on either side and the battery sandwiched between platforms. While this does position weight high and towards the back (along with the motor), I found the steering to be tight and responsive… there are better designs out there such as the BionX frame mounted battery on the HP Velotechnik Scorpion but it costs about three times as much. What you don’t get with the Sun Seeker T3 CX E-Trike is suspension, lights, fenders or regenerative braking. Instead, you get acceptable mechanical disc brakes, a decent 24 speed SRAM drivetrain and a highly adjustable frame (the boom extends and the seat slides and pivots). You can set it up like a race car if you’d like or turn down the top speed and bring the seat to a more upright position for relaxed neighborhood use and grocery getting.

Driving the T3CX is a 500 watt nominal geared hub motor spoked into the rear wheel. Notice the thicker spokes with reinforcement eyelets and nipples… check out the oversized torque arm on the left side of the frame. They went above and beyond here because the motor can peak at 1,000 watts transporting you up to 26 miles per hour. Since the battery is also positioned above the rear wheel, it’s good that things are overbuilt, especially if you bring along a trunk bag or panniers. In the video, you can hear the motor whirring a bit and that’s common with geared designs which tend to be more compact and lighter than gearless. Be careful with the cable leading into the axle if you’re transporting the trike or tipping it onto one side for transport, this is one area that’s vulnerable on many electric bikes. I hear from some owners that a small trailer works well for transporting it behind your car vs. inside (something you’d find at Harbor Freight). None of the wheels offer quick release so consider adding extra tools to your bag and an inner tube or two for flats and check the tire pressure before each ride.

Powering the motor and display panel is a 48 volt 10 amp hour battery pack that’s housed in a generic Aluminum alloy box. It felt sturdy to me, slid into the rack easily and offers on or off-bike charging with a port under the flip-up handle. The only thing I dislike about the design is that the key must be left in for operation. It’s not a huge deal as the ignition slot is out of the way for riding (to the lower left of the rider’s back) but if you’ve got a keychain, it might jingle… and when it comes time to take the battery off, you’ll have to pull the key out because it collides with the rack tubing. Be delicate with this, bending or breaking the key could damage the battery and compromise security. One thing that’s cool about the more “generic” design of the battery is that they can be repacked more easily or even replaced down the line using a third party product. Electric Bike Technologies uses more open source systems so you can rest assured that there will always be a way to keep your bike on the road even if they change designs. They even offer the battery, motor and control system as an aftermarket kit so you could convert a standard Sun Seeker T3 CX on your own :)

I’ve already started on this topic but powering the bike on is a two-step process with the keyed ignition followed by a press and hold of the “M” button on the control pad near the left grip. From here, the display flickers to life showing battery capacity, speed, assist level and some other ride stats (press M repeatedly to cycle through). I love that the system offers pedal assist as well as throttle mode but was a bit disappointed that throttle power and top speed are limited by the five levels of assist. I prefer that the throttle override at full power since the lever is on a spring and offers variable output on its own. This is handy for passing other riders or climbing a hill without reaching down to the control pad to click up, up, up. And while we’re on this subject, I feel that the control pad is difficult to reach and mounted in a hazardous spot on the Sun Seeker T3CX. The handlebars are vertical and very close to the wheels so there’s not a lot of room to reach around. Be extra wary after braking hard too because the disc brake rotors can heat up and are also near the grips and control pad. On the right bar, where the throttle is, there are a few options for how and where to mount the trigger but the default I was shown kind of interfered with shifting. Both grips have twist shifters and the cockpit feels a little crowded with the button pad, trigger throttle and longer brake levers all packed in. And on that topic, I would much prefer hydraulic disc brakes here but appreciate that the levers they chose have motor inhibitors and a parking brake latch to keep the trike stable when mounting and parking. It’s a cheaper, less elegant setup all around (brakes, throttle, control pad) but it works well enough and the price tag reflects all of the compromises you have to make. This is a three-wheeled ebike after all so things remain stable even if you’re distracted for a moment with the drive systems. The display panel is another mixed area for me with this e-trike. It’s large and thin but not removable, the bracket they use is flexible, allowing for some minor bumps without letting it crack or break, but it just doesn’t feel as solid as some others. You can angle the screen forward and back to reduce glare and turn the backlighting on or off using the button pad, which is great for those who dislike the view-obstruction and distraction of bright lights in your face at night. In closing, I like how open the system is, it lets you adjust more things like battery discharge curve, top speed, current or even assist sensitivity.

The T3CX Electric Trike is sporty, fast and much lighter and less expensive than alternatives. If you ride on mostly smooth streets, the trike will feel great. I love the tadpole design for many reasons… it allows for a rack, reduces weight steering and it feels sporty. However, it can be more difficult to mount (requiring you to squat down). The folks at offer many recumbent options and this is their high-end sport model. It’s not perfect and you will have to pay $350 additional for shipping unless you can drive to Croydon Pennsylvania but it’s one of the few options out there at all right now and I trust the company. these guys have been around for several years doing kits under the name E-BikeKit. They have a warehouse with several employees and a solid one year warranty with good phone support. While it may not look as sleek as a purpose built e-trike, it offers a lot more customizability. Aside from how it rides and adjusting my own fit and body position, I would definitely look into some lights and maybe even a flag pole to stay visible. The battery rack keeps the rooster tail down but the mesh seat might leak and there are no fenders up front so perhaps that’s another area for some creative aftermarket solutions. Front fenders can rattle on recumbents and I think the rear is really the most important to address for this model.


  • This thing is fast, smooth rolling and efficient with narrow tires and the seat and steering is all kept low to the ground, it corners well and is one of the sportiest electric recumbent trikes I’ve tested
  • I appreciate the platform and pannier guards on the rear rack, it would easily fit a trunk bag on top and clip-on panniers for either side which is perfect for commuting… don’t forget to clip a light on or maybe add a flag pole for safety
  • The Sun Seeker T3 CX offers 24 speeds (three up front and eight in the rear), that’s nice to have on a speed pedelec so you can find a more comfortable pedal cadence, it’s also handy for starting and climbing since this trike weighs more than a standard two wheel ebike
  • At just 66 lbs I feel like the T3CX is reasonable, many of the other recumbents weigh a lot more and even though it’s rear heavy, the bike is very stable due to the three-wheel design and the battery rack feels sturdy
  • Highly adjustable frame and seat allow you to dial in the leg reach and ride in a more upright or aerodynamic way-back body position, it’s fun to experiment with and easy to change
  • The motor and battery combine for zippy performance but don’t add as much weight as a gearless design, I love that the charger is encased in an Aluminum box for protection and that it isn’t too large or heavy (I’d consider bringing it along on trips in case you decide to ride further)
  • I’m a big fan of pedal assist plus throttle mode because it allows you to ride efficiently with bursts of energy and I also like starting out with the pedal so as not to strain my knees… though I wish the throttle mode here would offer full power regardless of assist mode chosen (as it is, you are limited in power and speed which means more button pressing to go faster or a constant use of high power which drains the battery)
  • Being a recumbent trike with rear-mount motor, the front wheels are light and easy to steer, I like the steering setup because my arms go naturally down and stay out of the way… it keeps weight low and opens the view
  • The wheels uses thicker spokes and have eyelets and nipples to help strengthen the rim, this is especially nice for the rear wheel given how powerful the motor is (peak 1,000 watt output and 45 Newton meters) as well as the weight of the battery and rack overhead
  • You can charge the battery on or off the frame, it’s easy to plug in and very easy to remove and carry thanks to a plastic handle… the only thing I dislike is that you need to leave the key in while operating it and that can cause some jingling (it’s way out of the way for pedaling, just be careful for bags)
  • I love the parking brake design (both levers cut power to the motor and one has a latch so the trike won’t roll away), the brake also stabilizes the trike for getting on and off more safely
  • Decent disc brakes, one on each wheel, let you corner sharper and stop the trike quickly, they aren’t hydraulic but they worked well enough for me
  • The folks at Electric Bike Technologies have optimized their controller for the specific battery in use on each model, that means your battery gauge should be more accurate… and they left the system open so you can dial in your own top speeds (lower for stability if you’d like or for legal purposes in some countries) and experiment current output, pedal assist sensitivity or even swap out the battery and use a different third-party option, it’s just more open
  • I really like how the display backlight can be manually turned on or off because sometimes the automatic ones can be distracting and too bright
  • They’ve installed a massive torque arm at the rear drop out (on the left side) to distribute force and keep the frame in tact given the more powerful motor


  • Shipping costs a lot extra, you’ll have to pay $350 if you live in the contiguous USA or drive to Pennsylvania and pick it up for free, the nice thing is that it arrives fully assembled and ready to go (they even try to set it up based on your height if you ask)
  • I feel like they should work in some lights that could run off the main battery pack, one up front and one in the back for safer riding, maybe also upgrade to reflective tires since the trike is so low and you can go faster on it than some of the others
  • Since this is more of a kit build, the controller box and wires aren’t internally routed like some others… it keeps the price down but doesn’t look as nice and might not be as durable (easier to snag while riding or moving)
  • None of the wheels have quick release so bring some tools and an extra tire tube because the high-pressure narrow tires get flats easier (make sure you check their PSI before each ride or at least squeeze them, low tires get snake-bite flats easier), I hear that some people buy cheap trailers from Harbor Freight to load their trikes onto
  • Unfortunately, due to the fancier seat design on the SunSeeker T3CX you don’t get bottle cage bosses… consider a trunk bag with integrated holster like this
  • The display mount on this trike felt less sturdy than on some of the other conversions, it was flexible and I like how the screen could angle but you cannot remove it easily (which is nice when parking in public spaces for protection)
  • Since this trike has grip shifters on both handle bars, they get a little crowded and the throttle mounting position isn’t perfect (they sandwiched it between the grip and shifter for me which felt cramped)
  • With narrower tires that require high pressure and the lack of suspension, you tend to feel the bumps more, the mesh seat helps a little :)
  • Mounting this trike requires a bit more balance and leg strength, it’s super low which is awesome for handling while riding but you have to squat to get on/off (I usually step over the boom, rest a hand on the top of one tire or handlebar arm then ease myself in)
  • The cadence sensor is a bit exposed at the left crank arm, be careful not to accidentally kick it (and if you do, take a moment to straighten it out again for best performance)
  • Much like the throttle position (sort of crowded and awkward) the control pad is positioned in such a way that you have to take your hand off to change assist levels and the tire is very close so be careful with your hands and fingers while riding
  • When putting the battery on or taking it off the key must be removed or it will collide with the rack tubing, be careful not to force it and accidentally bend the key


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6 months ago

I need some help finding the best electric conversion kit for my needs.

I'm probably going to end up buying a Sun Seeker Fat Tad trike, since it seems to offer the best bang for the buck when it comes to fat tire trikes for off-roading.

My questions are, what's the best electric conversion kit for this trike? And should I have it done professionally, or attempt to do it myself to save money?

So far I'm aware of the E-Bike Kit company from the EBR video on the Fat Tad e-trike. They sell a completed, ready to ride out of the box e-trike here:

And I called Utah Trikes earlier and got their pricing: Fat Tad CXS: $1,899, with 500 watt Bafang mid-drive motor: - $795, and 36v 13.5 amp hour Panasonic battery (I believe it's this one: but I'll need to confirm on Monday): $389 - Total: $3,083. And I'll need to get installation charge, and shipping pricing.

There's also a somewhat local company that could do it. I'd need to call them for specifics.

I want to get the absolute best products for the best prices that I can, so are there other recommendations for converting the Fat Tad trike to an e-trike?

Let me know, thanks!

6 months ago

Today I was able to try the Rad Mini, and a step-through Electra. It's not safe for me to ride a bike, at least for now. I am thinking about getting a scooter that I can go off-road with, for traveling with a truck camper though. Any thoughts on what would be good for that? Something like a scooter version of a Rad Mini might be cool.

I was able to try a Catrike Trail, non-electric version. For working out my legs, I'm strongly leaning towards getting something like the Sun Seeker Fat Tad e-trike:

I want the fat tires for off-roading, so is this the e-trike to get? Or are there competitors?

If I want it, should I get it from here:

Or should I buy a battery and motor kit elsewhere, and do a custom electric conversion?

Ideally I'd like to find a used one in excellent condition to save money. Any ideas on where these might pop up for sale? I'll ask at the Bent Rider Online forums as well.


Ann M.
10 months ago

No ebike is perfect, this is a thread dedicated to sharing known issues or problems with electric bikes from Sun Seeker as well as any help and solutions you know of. Sometimes that means a DIY fix and other times it can mean a recall, software update or part replacement by a dealer.

Please be respectful and constructive with feedback, this is not a space for hate speech. In many cases, representatives from the company will see feedback and use it to improve their product. In the end, the goal is to enjoy riding and help each other go further and be safer.

1 year ago

Glad you liked it. I also just put up a long term review of my Magnum Ui5:

I just visited the page with the Sun Seeker trike review and the comments are not showing. Maybe you forgot to approve them?

3 months ago

Alec looks a lot like Actor Kevin Sussman from The Big Bang Theory! Good video!! Thanks very much!!

5 months ago

Is this legal in Europe? How are you going to climb sidewalks with it?

Ramon McNally
12 months ago

perfect for UberEats delivery in NYC. 😂

Seb K
1 year ago

With trikes in the city could be a problem as cycle lanes are very narrow and this thing would either take up the entire lane or go over the line .

Also with potholes if you try and avoid them and turn sharply you could lose control and flip, if you hit one it could disrupt your handling abruptly and make you lose control and if you try and get the hole between the wheels you will hit it with the rear wheel .

Finally being so low to the ground it would make it hard for drivers to see you and half of them are blind as it is .

Seb K
12 months ago

No but then on a bike you can shift your body and tuck your elbows in .

Pops Bents
12 months ago

Not entirely true. On a quick look a trike is wider than a bike, however, when you factor in the width of the rider (elbow to elbow) there is not really that much difference. Most trikes are not much wider than a riders distance from elbow to elbow.
12 months ago

All valid points, recumbents are imperfect for me, my back and neck are sensitive to the body position (especially with a helmet) but some people say it works super well for them. I just cover what's there and try to let people decide for themselves, it's nice if you can test ride first or maybe visualize what it would be like riding and encountering different conditions like you described. Thanks for sharing Seb

Alex Paulsen
1 year ago

Radial lacing on a hub motor... I hate electric bikes for compromising the years of development in bicycle standards, and I make my living selling and servicing electric bikes.
12 months ago

Hey Alex, can you please clarify what you mean by radial lacing on a hub motor? I'd like to better understand so maybe I can call this out on future reviews and gain perspective

Tom Thumb
1 year ago

I really like this trike. The price is right, fast and good looking. The thing I don't like is that it is very noisy.
1 year ago

Hey Tom! I think it could be adjusted to quiet down a little... I noticed the "click, click, click" happening when editing this footage, lol

1 year ago

Excellent. I really like this trike. Man you need to see a doctor about your immune system. You're getting sick way too often.

4 months ago

Fubritzu I
1 year ago

Haha, thanks! I've been spending more money lately to stay at Airbnb vs. sleeping in my car. Maybe I'm just not that tuff? Can't drink milk, have allergies and just seem to get under the weather even though I'm full of energy most of the time :D

Brad Fregger
1 year ago

What impresses me the most is the production quality of these video reviews. As the cameraman, reviewer, etc. he does a fantastic job. Sure would like to know how he does it.
12 months ago

Thanks for the positive energy, if you feel like supporting the site you can donate to PayPal through the forum (there's a little statement and link after the first posts on all threads). That money goes towards supporting Ann M. she's the moderator and used to run an ebike shop! In this way, it sort of gets reinvested in the community: currently the forum is offline due to database issues... difficult week for site stability ;)

1 year ago

So do I, Court's channel is among the most sophisticated on youtube. There's few other channels dedicated to electric bikes and none comes even close to his level of quality and quantity. The website is of another world, so comprehensive.
I'd love if there was a way to tip him....

Brad Fregger
1 year ago I'm the old guy living in Austin and moving to Iowa. I wanted a wanted a simple form of transportation for small town Iowa and you were kind enough to make a suggestion as a good choice. Regardless, I love your reviews so I watch them.
1 year ago

Hey Brad! Thanks for the compliment... I just do my best, learning as I go and enjoying the connections along the way. I believe in community, health and sustainability so it's kind of inspiring to help get the word out and maybe make the space accessible for people on a budget or in a tight space looking for options. I also live in my car occasionally to stay humble while traveling the beautiful countryside :P how did you get into ebikes?!

1 year ago

Was waiting for this review then last night I found my x-seam is to long for this model. :( tad bit over 47inches with shoes on.
The Sun-Ecotad looks fun as well and might be a better fit. I'm also a bigger guy in general 6'2 close to 300lbs(which I carry very well) but even big guy like to ride sporty things :-) .

Great reviews I been watching over a dozen reviews so far with upright bikes, i knew nothing about E-bikes until this past month watching EBR thanks for the work you put in Court.

Also Alec seems like a cool guy.

12 months ago

I noticed they include stock the XL boom with the cobra and wonder if the XL adds more length or is that still the considered stock from factory?.I need to ask Utah trikes a lot of questions it's where i spend half my day looking at trikes online due to their selection lol.

So how do you like the seat on the cobra? i may have to get a custom wider seat for my big butt, that just adds more money to the thing.
I think a little off road is okay like on dirt path with tiny dips and twigs, no mountain bike off roading like some use the cobra for.

I appreciate the replies thanks once more.
12 months ago

My left knee hurts me after lots of riding and climbing... sometimes after sitting a lot (driving) and even doing short ride test reviews. Sux

1 year ago

Jamesdavis911 42/32 with a x-seam 2 inches longer the manufacturer recommends. The Cobra is the on I got and has a 300lbs road limit. Off-road rated @ 210lbs but I had a bit of a joyride through the roots and into a new house construction site (for kicks) the construction is 45x45mm square tube with a 1.2mm wall thickness seems strong enough. the manufacturer and UtahTrikes answered all my questions. food for thought tho

1 year ago

I will wait until I get my weight under control before I get an ebike, I lost 30lbs last summer and put most of that back on because of a very stressful situation.
I want an ebike to help with hills because my right knee bothers me after long periods of riding and hill climbing. I have a specialized Hardrock mountain bike I converted into and upright computer type bike and somehow it holds my lard butt.

Thank you.

1 year ago

Thanks for the reply, guess I will have to ask the shop I may buy from in the future what they think about the x-seam length.
we may be about the same height but i could have a longer x-seam or shorter for that matter. I was looking at the KMX cobra but heard the frame is rather weak for what it is and at my weight I need to lose some Lbs first before taking the plunge and destroying the trike. Trike buying is Tough especially when I don't have a shop around here to test any :-(.

1 year ago

Dude has fangs
1 year ago

You're right?!! Wow... interesting topic actually. I ground my teeth down as a kid before I got braces and later on had a dentist add back the normal shapes so my little friendly fangs are actually FAKE! But Alec has real ones >:D