Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A nice pair for your Scorpion fs 26

Dear Robert,

I ride a sleek blue-gray HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs 26 with white accents that is the ninth or tenth love of my life.  It has a body link seat, rear rack...all whistles and no bells.  Will a pair of HPV's Moonbiker panniers mount properly?  If not, which others might be my pleasure?  My only requirements are that they look as attractive as the trike and have excellent capacity.

Yours truly,

Dear Zing,

You're right to require that a pair of panniers look as good as the trike.

Usually, the Moonbiker or Radical Design panniers are suitable, but not this time: they won't lay properly on the Scorpion fs 26's uniquely shaped rear rack.

However the Ortlieb Recumbent Panniers are a very nice pair, with 54 liters capacity.  They are attractive, waterproof, aerodynamic, with a fiddle-free mounting system.  As you might imagine, they're not cheap but, like most Ortlieb products, you'll want to hold onto them for the long-term.

These Radical Design bags are also good choices, though with less capacity.  They're attractive and a great option if you don't feel ready to commit to one or the other: if you have trouble choosing, go with both for 35 liters total volume.
With Body Link seat: Solo Racer wide (10 liters) or Banana Racer (25 liters)
With Ergo Mesh seat: Universal Racer (10 liters) or Banana Racer (25 liters)

Have fun, and play safe,

Radical Design Universal Racer

Radical Design Banana Racer

Radical Design Solo Aero

Robert Matson
New York City Recumbent Supply
The Innovation Works, Inc.
copyright 2013 Robert Matson

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