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.
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 20, which has the advantages of being a little more compact and having a little more luggage carrying capacity due to the design of the rear rack. The rack has a useful top platform as well as the capacity to carry side panniers. Smaller wheels are a lttle more manoevreable in tight spaces. The folded size is a little smaller and unfolded it is 18cm shorter. If you want a trike which is slightly smoother rolling and the length is not an issue, you might want to consider the Scorpion Plus 26.
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.
There are also a range of options designed to make riding the Scorpion even easier and more enjoyable. The excellent Go Swissdrive 250w power assist or the Shimano STEPS automatic 8 speed can help on the hills and gives a range of up to 130 km, which can be doubled with the optional extra battery. There are special pedals for holding feet in place, some handles to make it easier to get in and out, and even a bracket for carrying a walking aid.
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 a platform on top as well as 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.
For people who are getting older but want to remain fit and active, the Scorpion Plus 20 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 20 (Alu 7005 T6) 10 years warranty
- Colour: Plain Sahara Silver or Magma Red with front boom and chainstays in black; other colours as an 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: 168 - 200 cm (adjustable for riders with height from 149 - 200 cm)
- Wheelbase: 110 cm
- Width/Track width: 91 cm / 86 cm
- Ground clearence: 16 cm
- Turning circle: 4.75 m
- Weight: from 18,8 kg
- Max. Payload: up to 150 kg
- Folded Package: 81 x 91 x 83 cm (LxWxH)