Grasshopper FX - I'm convinced ;)

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Grasshopper FX - I'm convinced ;)

Postby Velorossi » Thu Dec 12, 2013 6:14 pm

Anyone who is considering buying a versatile and easy to learn recumbent should look no further than a HPVelotechnik Grasshopper FX… (OK, I might be a little biased), what a great little green machine. I've only had mine for a few small rides so far (about 100km) and already it's performed everything I've asked of it and delivered a super wide grin the whole time.

Yes it's a fair bit slower than my Performer High Racer (not to mention the Zockra), but it's so much more relaxing to ride (disclaimer: may cause excessively rapid heart rate and near muscle failure if climbing more than 10% grades for extended periods… yep it's proper heavy).

Anyone out there have one of these gems too?

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by BNA » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:04 pm


Re: Grasshopper FX - I'm convinced ;)

Postby Cheesewheel » Mon Dec 16, 2013 9:04 pm

I've had my eye on one of these but thats about all.

Are you saying it has performance issues going uphill beyond the regular performance issues associated with bents?

IYHO is it more of an urban runabout than a workable model for touring?
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Re: Grasshopper FX - I'm convinced ;)

Postby Velorossi » Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:19 pm

The Grasshopper has no real issues that I can find in my first 200km, yes the hills are slower than my Performer and Zockra, no surprises there. The real surprise is that it is just a joy to ride everywhere, the suspension is just so good at removing both general road buzz and even quite large bumps that it has become my general purpose bike of choice. The biggest plus in my book is the ease at which you can ride it at sub walking speed while negotiating obstacles (both mobile and stationary).
While cruising is quite possible at 27km/h I think I'm most comfortable in the 22-25km/h zone (Although I hit the local Crit Track at 35km/h average for a few Km's just to try it out at speed ;))
Love it.
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