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Cudzoziemiec

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Scorpion folding electric trike
« on: April 12, 2017, 05:58:26 pm »
I've just been talking to my neighbour. His wife is annoyed that she's had to give up cycling completely due to a balance problem; dodgy connection between inner ear and brain, it was described to me. So they reckon a semi-recumbent trike would be the answer, and because she's getting on a bit* and it's a hilly area, electric help would be appreciated. They've found something called a Scorpion, a folding trike with electric assist, but it doesn't seem to have a UK importer. I suggested D-Tek off the top of my head, being the only recumbent retailer I could name, but they're in Norfolk(?); something a bit further west would be better.

Any ideas, anyone?

*Hope she's not reading this!
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ElyDave

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2017, 06:16:49 pm »
Cambridgeshire

About 20 miles North of Cambridge, and a ten minute taxi ride from Ely railway station.

Ely is quite a hub with trains from Norwich, Ipswich, That London and also from the west - Peterborough, Birmingham etc
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Kim

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2017, 06:16:59 pm »
Scorpion is HPVelotechnic's three-wheeler, which has recently evolved to include an impressively high-seat version.  All that fine German engineering of the Streetmachine, and they found a way to make it heavier :)

Bikefix and Kinetics are the go-to dealers for HPVelotechnik, though I'm sure others can too.  (D-Tek is in Little Thetford, near Ely - not to be confused with actual Thetford.)

ICE are local to you by recumbent standards.  If you're considering a Scorpion, then it's certainly worth looking at their stuff too.  They do electric assist, and a high-seat mod for the Adventure.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2017, 06:20:18 pm »
Thanks. I'll pass all that on. Cardiff is pretty near but I think they'd be willing to go to London for a specialist.
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Kim

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #4 on: April 12, 2017, 06:23:26 pm »
London Recumbents are also in London, if something like the Hase Kettwiesel is worth considering.  We bought barakta's[1] ICE Sprint from them, but I'm not sure if they're currently an ICE dealer (I think Bikefix are, however).


[1] She's on three wheels for balance reasons, as much as arms.
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Wowbagger

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #5 on: April 12, 2017, 06:24:04 pm »
This thread is worth a look:

https://forum.cyclinguk.org/viewtopic.php?t=90477

From memory (if she reads this, höffentlich AH can confirm or otherwise) Auntie Helen dealt with Neil at ICE. They have always seemed to be a most obliging company when she has had dealing with them.
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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #6 on: April 13, 2017, 09:20:28 am »
There is an accessible cycling charity at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff (near the castle) which has a variety of special needs cycles, including at least a couple of ICE Trices

https://www.cardiffpedalpower.org/bikes-we-sell
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Auntie Helen

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #7 on: April 13, 2017, 08:50:46 pm »
As Wowbagger says, ICE were excellent for me and Neil always super-helpful. I think the Hase Kettwiesel could be a good option though as it's less recumbent than some. Electric assist is available for most different trikes I think, and I fitted my own.

The Scorpion is very heavy, over engineered and expensive; I would recommend an ICE Adventure in preference, plus ICE's customer service is unbeatable. Or take a look at a Kettwiesel.  Ignore KMX trikes, too cheaply made.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #8 on: April 14, 2017, 10:10:37 am »
Thanks.  :thumbsup:
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2017, 01:53:58 pm »
Apparently they're having a look at Yorvik Bikes cos they're going to (or through) York anyway.
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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2017, 02:16:06 pm »
Apparently they're having a look at Yorvik Bikes cos they're going to (or through) York anyway.
I guess that's 'Jorvik' trikes.

Not heard of them, or seen any of their bikes or trikes around.

They claim to be
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leading tricycle companies in the world
which is quite some claim. Seem to have been in existence since 2015.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2017, 02:36:26 pm »
They might be disappointed then. But York's a nice place to spend a day anyway!
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Kim

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2017, 05:12:00 pm »
*shrug* Looks like it's worth a look if sturdy step-through upwrongular tricycles are your thing.
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2017, 05:20:26 pm »
<looks>
Well they've got three wheels and electric assist and they fold, but they're hardly "semi-recumbent". I'm not sure how dodgy her balance is but I can see an upright trike has more appeal in being at least superficially close to the cycling she's known.
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CAMRAMan

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #14 on: April 21, 2017, 07:05:30 pm »
Not knowing much about such things, I wonder if this might be of any use...


 
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Cudzoziemiec

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Re: Scorpion folding electric trike
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2017, 03:12:12 pm »
Spoke to neighbour today; they have a Jorvik upright trike on order. Seems it's been on order for quite a while. In non-trike news, when I spoke to him he was seeing if he could fit his Hewitt tourer in the back of his car so his wife could drive him to the airport. He's doing a cycle-camping tour with friends, from central Germany to Budapest, mostly down the Danube. Sounds good.
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