Unexpected encounter with a Mango Velomobile
- Written by Portal Editor
Often there are the unexpected things in the course of the day that lead to an exciting encounter or the literal "salt in the soup", such as in the case of the Mango Velomobile parked in a parking lot, a fully covered, everyday bike that can function as sporty Velomobile too.
The Mango Velomobile, as used in our case, is very good for the way to work and is also really fun in your free time. Admittedly, the Mango Sport is no longer the right choice for use in serious velomobile races, especially in time trials and record hunts. There are other velomobile manufacturers with faster vehicles.
A little introduction to the Mango Velomobile
The manufacturer of the Velomobil Mango Sport is the company Sinner Bikes from the town of Stadskanaal in Holland, for whom cycling is not just a hobby or a sport, but above all is associated with the endeavor to transport yourself to a destination in a practical way . After years of pioneering work, the Sinner recumbent company was founded on July 1, 1993. Sinner first launched the Comfort tricycle. The two-wheeled recumbent bike Record, Fun, Trend, Demon, Spirit, Phantom and Flash followed and the Velomobile Mango was the last. Sinner has only been producing two-wheelers since 2013. In the meantime, the company is concentrating entirely on the production of mango and comfort. Sinner recumbent bikes are sold worldwide and that's why the name was changed to Sinner Bikes.
The Mango is a very light-weight velomobile in a compact size and with a turning circle of just 8 meters suitable for everyday use and a generous amount of space inside, which you would not expect from the outside.
Benefits of the mango
- High tipping safety due to low centre of gravity and wide track
- All three wheels with one-sided suspension
- Full suspension with independent suspension for each wheel
- Very good weather protection with the Sinner Tour hood (Tourcap)
- More safety through integrated rollover protection
- Almost any standard switching group can be integrated
- Upgrading to an e-velomobile is not a problem
- Narrow 8m turning circle ideal for city traffic
The racing hood as an additional module
The Mango Sport becomes really aerodynamic when the racing hood is put on. This practical hood makes the Velomobile look as if it has been replaced. From a small, chubby everyday vehicle to a sports car. The main reason for this is that the hood has very large openings and can therefore be used not only in races but also in road traffic. There is a lot of free space for the head, which ensures caution. The driver can easily turn it to the right and left and even look slightly behind through the generous openings on the sides. The view to the front is practically unrestricted. Very important: you can also drink from the bottle under the hood. If you don't want that, put a hydration bladder with a drinking tube in the mango. Thanks to the continuously adjustable visor, the wind and thus the temperature in the cockpit can also be adjusted to your own needs.
With the tour cap on and the visor closed, not just the aerodynamics of the mango is in top condition, but also the weather protection is almost perfect. Rain has practically no way of hitting the driver. Theoretically, it would work if it hits the side openings with strong cross winds. In the velomobile, the weather only plays a minor role.
It becomes disadvantageous at high temperatures. Visor and openings help to circulate air, but a lot of heat builds up in the velomobile and only the openings on the hood are not enough to achieve a comfortable temperature in summer. That is why most velomobile drivers do without the Tourcap when the outside temperature is pleasant.
Technical data Mango Blue Edition
I don't want to withhold a few technical data about the Velomobile from you. And I know you guys probably also yearn to experience the weight. However, as you might imagine, such a velomobile is a bit more bulky than a normal bike. It is therefore difficult to weigh.
Year of construction 04/2012 - mileage approx. 16,000 km
Brakes Sturmey Archer 90 mm drum brakes
Electrics 12V on-board system / LED indicators / horn / additional rear light / 4x USB
Light front light B&M IQ Cyo LED 60 Lux
Gearshift dual drive as intermediate gear with narrowly graded 12-28 cassette
Suspension cracks Astro rear shock
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