Screamer TR Tandem Recumbent Bicycle
RANS Screamer TR Tandem Recumbent
Linda & I have ridden the several
Screamer, Screamer Sport and Screamer TR recumbent tandems. We try to
always have one for test riding (and for our use!) These bikes are
difficult to tell apart without looking at the decals, paint color or
price tag. They all ride fine in our opinion. We are just as happy riding
a Screamer TR as any. Its components are the same quality as the Screamer. Their V-type brakes & rear Arai drum
brakes provide plenty of stopping power. We can add optional Magura
hydraulic rim caliper brakes (they are the best we have seen but are not
needed in our opinion.) On a Screamer TR the hydraulic lines do not come
apart easily for disassembling and packing.
Their climbing ability and high-speed
stability and control are indistinguishable to us.
We think all the Screamers are the highest
performance, best climbing. Most comfortable & most stable recumbent
tandems we have ridden. (The Longbikes Eliminator tandem is a very close
second and can be ordered with S&S couplings for airline travel. A
captain who prefers USS should try the Longbikes Eliminator tandem for the
best upper body comfort.)
The Screamers all use identical seats
their comfort is excellent. The new Rad-Lock seat clamps, made standard on
all RANS bikes in 2004 makes it even easier to remove the seats while
disassembling the TR.
If the front rider is tall the Screamer TR
is available in XL versions. At 6’3 I am about the tallest captain to fit
the standard size. The Sport is only available in standard size. When the
front is adjusted for me (6'3" & full recline) a stoker may hit their toes
or shins on the captain's seat and a seat bag on the front seat would
interfere with their knees.
The Screamer is also available as the TR
(traveling) model that disassembles to pack in box for airline travel. The
Screamer TR rides just the same as the regular Screamer, but can be
disassembled for shipping; a real advantage for couples planning on
airline travel to and from bike tours. The TR rides just as well as the
regular Screamer. Screamers are assembled in the USA; Screamer Sports are
assembled in Taiwan. They share identical Taiwanese frames. THE Screamer
TR uses the same frame, which is modified here with the S&S couplings.
wife likes all the Screamer models. I say she can’t tell them apart from
the back seat.
||A custom Screamer TR with
rear mechanical disk brake