1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Scorpion questions

Discussion in 'Recumbents, Trikes and HPVs' started by davidwalton, 24 Sep 2007.

  1. davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    Hi,

    Looking to buy a Scorpion FX next year. However, the question of gearing has come up.

    What gearing range would be needed to cover hills and high speed touring?

    Is 16" gearing low enough?

    The Scorpion comes with gearing not that wide, but with a Schlumpf High Speed Drive 29T and 34-11 cassette, can get a range of 16.55" to 127.86".

    Main thing is the hills. Trikes are not easy to push, so need to be able to keep turning on the pedals.

    Thanks.

    David
     
  2. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    Rohloff plus Schlumpf should equal triking heaven.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    Yes, but not advised.

    "Can I combine high-speed-drive with the Rohloff-Speedhub 14-speed internal hub?"
    No. Rohloff limits the minimal size of the chainwheel to 36t.


    Taken from FAQ at http://www.schlumpf.ch/hsd_engl.htm
     
  4. squeaker

    squeaker New Member

    Location:
    Steyning
    My Trice 'S' has ~18" to 91": <never> use lowest gear (but don't tour with heavy loads), and above 25mile/hr I stop pedalling and admire the view :biggrin:
     
  5. OP
    OP
    davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    Living in South Essex, it isn't TOO hilly here, but there are journeys I would be making regularly that take me further afield that do require hill climbing.

    Basically, need to assume hills, as well as distance touring with loads. Although main load will be me, my French Horn, and Concert cloths, plus normal overnight essentials.

    I also want to be able to keep up in a Cycle club rides where average speeds are near to 20MPH.

    This is why I am looking at the Schlumpf High Speed Drive and asking the questions. Need it ALLxx(

    I have also been speaking to Recumbent Dealers and asking them. Seems that most are in favour of the Schlumpf High Speed Drive, although one UK manufacturer I spoke to didn't like them, but I think that was due to where he lived and the type of constant up and down hill riding in his area. The large shift factor of 2.5 didn't fit his style.

    At the end of the day, I know it comes down to preferences. Just trying to narrow the field of play in the hope I get it right the first time.

    I have already put back in the possibility of a Trice Q trike as an alternative to the Scorpion. Would like to hear from those with experience of both as to which may be the better.
     
  6. squeaker

    squeaker New Member

    Location:
    Steyning
    Speed?

    Erm, hope you are really fit then. IMHO Scorpion is more of a touring than a fast trike (e.g. Windchettah, Catrike 700, Trice Monster): suggest you wander over to the BHPC forum and have a chat with the guys there on what is, and is not, a realistic average speed on a trike.
    FWIW I find that my speed (cruise and average) is about 10% lower on my Trice 'S' than on my Grasshopper, when carrying similar amounts.
    YMMV, of course xx(
     
  7. OP
    OP
    davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    With standard gearing, I agree that to average close to 20mph would be only for the very fit.

    I used to average over 20mph on a standard bike at a distance of just under 20 miles. If I am 10% slower on a trike, then 18mph will be OK. Don't forget, no big hills here generally.

    Based on the gearing I am looking at, 70rpm = 24.79mph. However, I seem happiest turning at between 75 to 80 rpm. I would therefore have thought that 18mph plus average was achievable. If not, then no Club rides.

    I know racing trikes average around 24mph over a race distance.

    BTW- Club rides would not be loaded.
     
  8. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    It might be worth knowing that HPV were showing two versions of the Scorpion at the last but one Friedrichshafen bike show; one was the fully kitted up touring version and the other was a stripped down one. I don't know if it was intended for racing but it was certainly meant to go faster than the tourer. It might be worth contacting HPV to see what their recommendations are. If you're prepared to remove and put on the luggage rack, mudguards and change wheels you could effectively be getting two trikes for the price of one.
     
  9. OP
    OP
    davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member


    Hi,

    Yes, there is the Scorpion and the Scorpion FX. Basically the same with a few changes to enable the FX to fold up etc. FX is more upright and higher seat. The FX is also £140 more.

    I was looking for the FX, but think the non FX will probably be better overall, and only loading up when needed. Things like racks are quick to fit and take off. Tyres and wheels are not expensive, so very feasible to have 2 sets.

    The way I am looking at it is if I am going to spend £2,500.00 plus just on the Trike, then I may as well spend the money needed to cover everything I need. I also costed out all the other bits, cloths, tools, lights, locks, etc at a further £500.
     
  10. squeaker

    squeaker New Member

    Location:
    Steyning
    A browse around BROL might also be useful, as I think several members have Scorpions.
     
  11. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    David,

    Agreed about the FX but the trikes I'm on about were on display about a year before the FX was announced. I had a chat with the bloke from HPV and he made it clear that it was possible to make two versions of the Scorpion; the faster one being created essentially by removing the touring rack and mudguards and changing down to narrower wheels and tyres. The weight savngs were significant. The FX is, of course, essentially another model.
     
  12. OP
    OP
    davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    Hi Andy,

    As my research only started this last month or so, I have only been looking at current models. On http://www.hpvelotechnik.com, only the Scorpion and FX are listed for Trikes, so not sure about anything that was there a year or more ago.

    However, my understanding was that the Scorpion was there first real Trike, so could have been a Work in Progress at that time.

    Just think, if I didn't spend £3,500 on a Horn earlier this year, I could have a really nice trike by now. Horn works very well though, so was worth it.
     
  13. Andy in Sig

    Andy in Sig Vice President in Exile

    Sorry, I'm not expressing myself clearly. When you see the Scorpion as advertised it is the standard model. You are probably aware of HPV's sheet which lists the other options (e.g. gear systems, dynamos etc) and the prices they come in at. The idea shown at the show was that you can get the Scorpion in a number of configurations according to your wishes. The two extremes of the same trike were shown. One was as near as you could get it to being a racing machine and the other was a comfort-is-everything touring variant complete with balloon tyres. They don't offer either of these extremes as the start model; what you get is up to you.
     
  14. OP
    OP
    davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    OK, got it :biggrin:

    Buy the trike, and then the extras to fit both requirements.
     
  15. OP
    OP
    davidwalton

    davidwalton New Member

    Well, it seems that unless you do buy a trike designed for speed, just speed, you do go much slower than on 2 wheels. From what I can gather, it seems that I could expect 12mph to 16mph speed on a good trike, average.

    Unfortunately that is no good for me, as my intention is to use the purchase for my main form of transport. I must be able to achieve at least 15mph, and up to 20mph plus average on shorter trips.

    5mph'ish more doesn't sound huge, but it makes the difference of some trips being reasonable to get to in time, or not.

    Looks like my requirements dictate 2 wheel bent, rather than 3.

    At least 2 wheels are cheaper, so can have all the bells and whistles for the same price, eg. DT Shocks, front fairing, brake and gear upgrades, with something like the Street Machine.