|La Joelette high in the Alps|
How do they compare? The test really, as I and the comments agreed, would be a side-by-side test. Either Australia or Canada imports a Joelette or France imports a TrailRider. I tried interesting Ferriol Marat in a stand at the ten-yearly World Parks Congress but their focus, and budget, is focussed on Europe at the moment.
To look at them side by side the main impression is of the higher seating position in the Joëlette which, from their point of view, promotes conviviality between rider and sherpas and for me speaks of a harder transfer from a wheelchair along with more balancing effort from the sherpas. Needs to be tested.
The Joëlette has suspension, a plus and the larger diameter wheel will make certain obstacles easier. The fatter tyre on the TrailRider simply is the suspension. Which is more comfortable? Needs to be tested.
The longer, larger TrailRider has more leverage opportunities for a sherpa team but means it sometimes has an awkwardly large turning circle.
My back of the envelope comparison suggests that the Joëlette might be a cheaper, better solution for places with easier trails but really the jury is out. If I had $5000 to spare I would buy one - just to find out.
If you are a Facie, here is another chance to Like the Joëlette page: