Looking for advice/input on deciding between Rover Tandem vs Tandem Pro. I will be the captain, and my 18 year old developmentally disabled son will be the stoker. He can pedal pretty well, but we will definitely need the IPS. We are large guys, but will fit within the weight limit of either bike. My goals in getting a recumbent trike are exercise for him, enjoyment of cycling (he loves to go fast), and just having an activity that we can do together that is active and outdoors. I anticipate short rides (an hour) up to some long ones (4-6 hours).
We live in Cheyenne WY, near the front range of CO, which has a fair amount of hills around our neighborhood. I am concerned that I may need the extra gears of the Pro, but it's not something I can wisely afford. If the Rover wasn't geared low enough, I would probably try some of the modifications discussed in the forum.
I have tested out the Pro and we loved it;it worked really well for us. There are no dealers I can find that have a Rover Tandem that I can test out to compare.
1) The crank axles of the Pro are a lot higher relative to the seat, compared to the Rover. Does having lower pedals (less hip flexion) give you less of an advantage when riding the Rover?
2) How does gear range (1-8) of the Rover compare to the Pro? About in the middle?
Appreciate any experience, advice, input anyone has. If money were not an issue, I think I would get the Pro. If I knew the Rover would suffice, even with some mods, then I would be happy.