The Scorpion Plus is a recumbent tricycle designed to help older people enjoy the pleasures and benefits of cycling. The large, comfortable seat removes any pressure on the back side, and the relaxed riding position banishes fatigue in the wrists, hands or shoulders.
Anyone who cycles regularly into older age adds years to their life expectancy. Regular exercise can reduce stress and depression and cycling is a particularly low impact activity (second only to swimming) which keeps you fit and alert.
The Scorpion Plus can extend your riding into later life, and you can get a little help from the excellent Go Swissdrive 250w power assist or the Shimano STEPS automatic 8 speed. And if you have an illness or disability you can buy this bike VAT free.
There are more good reasons for cycling in older age. Cycling involves smooth, regular movement: it doesn't put big stresses and strains on your body. It is estimated that cycling four miles daily reduces the risk of coronary heart disease by 50 per cent. It's good aerobic exercise, yet puts no load-bearing strain on joints or muscles – good news if you are arthritic, a bit overweight or generally unfit. Cycling for half an hour regularly is a great way to shed extra pounds. Regular cycling improves lung function: useful if you suffer from bronchitis or asthma.
The Scorpion Plus is available in two basic versions, the Plus 20, with a 20" rear wheel or the Plus 26 with a 26" rear wheel. This page refers to the Plus 26, with a larger back wheel, giving a little more comfort and smoother handling. If you want a trike which is easier to park and store and with a little more luggage capacity, you might want to consider the Scorpion Plus 20.
The seat of the Scorpion Plus is optimally placed between the three wheels to maximise stability, making balance problems a thing of the past and giving easy low speed manoeuvrability. It is at a comfortable height for for getting on and off with the pedals easily accessible, and there is very low gearing for getting you up the hills. Recumbents are famously fast descenders though, so you may need to take advantage of the hydraulic disc brakes on all three wheels, which will stop you on a sixpence.
The Scorpion Plus is also easy to transport. By removing the seat and loosening the hinge,it folds to just 81 x 91 x 83 cm within less than 30 seconds. It will fit into the boot of most hatchback cars and with the cover can be taken on many types of public transport. It can carry plenty of luggage. The rear rack has space for a pair of large pannier bags and with the lowrider rack two more bags (up to 50 kg luggage) can be positioned underneath the seat. There is a brand new quick-lock bracket for walking aids with a stainless steel safety clip: a walking aid can be pushed in, securely clipped into place and pulled out again using just one hand.
Most of the options on the Plus 26 are shared with its little brother, the Scorpion Plus 20 except that with the bigger wheel the rack no longer has a top platform and can only be used with panniers. The advantage of the 26" rear wheel is smoother rolling over rough surfaces and better traction on loose ground. The folded size is a little larger and unfolded it is 18cm longer.
For people who are getting older but want to remain fit and active, the Scorpion Plus 26 is the perfect vehicle for fully supported, low intensity exercise. Every Scorpion Plus is assembled by hand in Germany to the customers choice of specification and usually delivered within four weeks.
- Frame: Scorpion plus 26 (Alu 7005 T6) 10 years warranty
- Colour: Plain Sahara Silver or Magma Red with front boom and chainstays in black; other colours as on option
- Seat height: from 43 cm (BodyLink hard shell) up to 57 cm (ErgoMesh HS plus mesh seat) Seat angle: 35 - 44°
- Suspension: HP Velotechnik McPherson strut with stabilizer system (front 60 mm);
- Length: 186 - 218 cm (adjustable for riders with height from 149 - 200 cm)
- Wheelbase: 120 cm
- Width/Track width: 91 cm / 86 cm
- Ground clearence: 15,5 cm
- Turning circle: 5,35 m
- Weight: from 19,5 kg
- Max. Payload: up to 150 kg
- Folded Package: 81 x 91 x 99 cm (LxWxH)