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Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride - recumbents and trikes are the perfect form of transportation for active people. At HP Velotechnik we have been working since 1993 on creating the best range of recumbent bicycles and accessories you can buy. We welcome you to take a look at the details on the following pages. Price lists and dealer information are available in the "Shopping" section.
- Trike of the week –
normally the German online magazine MTB NEWS talks about bikes, i.e.
mountainbikes. This week they were driven to change the categorie: They
had to talk about a mountaintrike! German downhill queen Franzi Meyer
had to stopp her racing efforts because of a broken collarbone. So she
turned over to ride one of our Scorpion Enduro trikes for a couple of
weeks. With growing pleasure - but see it for yourself!
(more on mtb-news.de)
Big rush: Almost 600 visitors â€“ as many as never before â€“ joined the day
of open house of German recumbent manufacturer HP Velotechnik. The hours
ticked away quickly and the visitors were highly delighted by the
program with two factory tours, an exciting special guest and, of
course, test-driving the whole range of the HP Velotechnik-trikes and
recumbents. The attendants came from whole Germany and the european
neighbor states as Netherlands, Belgium or Sweden.
As special guest the 71 year old Claude Lerognon, former European Catch
Champion in 1977, talked about his exciting life and why he is nowadays
a fan of triking the HP Velotechnik vehicles. A couple of days ago, in
May, he did the tour Paris â€“ Berlin, annonced as "Tour of peace"
starting on May, 8th, the end of WW II in Europe.
- Incredible! – The results from HP Velotechnik "SPEZI" convention
broke all records: Our stand was overrun on both days! In our 20 year attendance, no
one could remember so many visitors on both days. The doors opened at 10:00 and we were
in non-stop action until they closed again at 18:00. Whether recumbent or
not-yet-recumbent enthusiast, we were inundated with specific technical, and general
questions about the HP Velotechnik line-up. Many people confided in us that recumbent
cycles were new to them and since they had heard so much about them, they had to see
them in person. Many visitors focused on the newly introduced
comfort trike which provides an upright sitting position allowing a completely new
group of people to enjoy a tadpole trike. Additionally, we are offering many
to allow people with mobility issues to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.
Not only were we swamped with questions about the new HP Velotechnik
products, but Matthias Ramsel who will be starting in a few days on his spectacular
"Trans-Mongolian Kite-Trike Tour" took time to talk to many interested
visitors. His expedition trike which combines a HP Velotechnik
Scorpion fs 20
and a kite harness earned its share of interested looks. There were more than enough
questions about the "how and why" as well as many good luck wishes.
Our good friend Matt Galat came by to say "Hi!" He starts his 5
(yes, FIVE!) year "JaYoe" â€˜round the world tour again this summer. Matt had
to stop last year after an accident with a truck. Both of our globetrotters had lots
to tell about their experiences and give tips and tricks about their
Scorpion fs 20s.
- Add fuel, Matt! In a couple of weeks, after a 6 month break, our friend
Matt will re-boot the around the world trip "JaYoe" Project! His absence
from his Scorpion Trike (after an accident with a truck!) was put to
good use; he spent the time editing some outstanding videos of our
factory! This should come as no surprise since Matt is a professional in
this field. These impressions give detailed, behind-the-scenes look of
how the project started in Kriftel and the work in the assembly hall,
capturing the "YoJoe" spirit.
PS: "JaYoe" is Chinese and means: "Add fuel!"
- The Magic Three: A
trike, a sport kite and cross
country ski – if you thought this triad to be three different forms ao
sport: you are wrong! Matthias Ramsel is assessing this extremly rare
combination to prepare his "Transmongolian Kite-Trike-Tour". The
protagonist is our partner in one of the most spectacular bike-projects
of the 21st century: He will ride through Mongolia on a trike, pulled
most of the time by a regular kite.
He explains: "I have to get as much
practise as possible to know, how to direct the kite when sitting in my
trike." Time is getting short until the start in early May. So he just
cut off an old pair of cross country skis and fixed them to the front
wheels of his "Scorpion fs". Then he headed out for the highest mountain
in Hesse (Wasserkuppe, Rhön), buckled up the kite harness – and off he goes!
Watch the pictures here, the action video will come soon:
On friday noon
the first production model of our new Scorpion plus
range has left our manufacture in Kriftel. A reason to celebrate for
staff and CEOs alike.
With the family photo we also would like to send
our newest member, with all the best wishes to its recipient: the
"Veloladen" of Ortwin KÃ¼ in Bergisch-Gladbach. Following the "first
come, first serve" principle, the "Veloladen" receives the first
"Scorpion plus" as they already had confirmed their order when we
launched the new
Scorpion plus 20
Scorpion plus 26 in 2014.
Press room: Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung on the Scorpion plus 26
– "Jeweils ungefähr zehn Zentimeter mehr Höhe und Breite beträgt das Plus,
das schon beim Draufsetzen als Komfortsteigerung wahrnehmbar wird. (...)
Man sitzt zwar höher, aber die Kippstabilität des Dreirads
wurde deutlich verbessert, weil sich der Sitz, auf den Gesamtrahmen
bezogen, weiter hinten befindet."
Press room: 'BentRider Online on the Scorpion plus 26
"HPVelotechnik calls the Scorpion plus 26 a «trike with SUV genes.» To create it, they took their
full-suspension knowledge from the excellent Scorpion fs, combined it with what they learned from the higher-seat
Scorpion fx and added in the same folding hinge that they use in many of their folding trike models.
The result is very nice indeed.
In short, this one of the most ergonomically perfect trike cockpits you'll ever sit in.
Huge success – comfort trike wins Eurobike Award:
At the end of last week the Eurobike Friedrichshafen has let the cat out
of the bag and announced the winners of this years Eurobike Awards. Our
Scorpion plus 20
has been chosen among 476 submitted products! The
first responses in the media shows: the trike with the high seat
position (up to 57 cm) and the wider frame for easy mounting and
entering is well received. Equipped with several accessories from the
"comfort and ability" options range the trike is ideal for physical
rehabilitation following an injury, for persons with physical handicaps
or for age-induced mobility challenges.
There and back again –
There are many globetrotters on bikes - but Matt Galats plan is
probably unique: the next five years he wants to travel through more
then 100 countries on his HP Velotechnik trike. But it is going to be a
journey without return. Because the US national takes off this Friday
from his adopted country China to arrive in Los Angeles in 2019. On the
way he is planning a couple of minor detours, such as climbing the Mount
Everest. Or to hurl himself in a basejumper suit into the 333 deep abyss
at the Cave of Swallows in Mexico.
In China Matt is quite well known, at least in his chosen region and the
town of Ningbo, one of those "small" Chinese town with "just" 9 million
inhabitants. There, the 35 year old is notorious, not at least because
of some of the spectacular video clips he produced for local television.
But Chinas western coast just aint enough for the adventurous man from
Detroit. "It is my dream to explore the world". He has planned his
journey in great detail. Down to the motto for the trip: "Ja Yoe" a
Chinese cheer meaning something like "off we go". To list everything he
has planned would be beyond any scope. Its probably best to click on
When Matt started the detailed planning for this epic journey more then
a year ago, he quickly realised that he would need a vehicle that would
accompany him through the proverbial thick and thin. After quite some
consideration his decision fell on the "Scorpion fs". And a very special
one at that: Matt visited us in Kriftel in May and filmed the
technicians during the assembly of his trike. The birth of "his baby" -
from the first to the last nut and bolt.
The video equipment will be with him on the entire journey we are
already looking forward to many special images. Because HP Velotechnik
will support Matt Galat on his journey, assist him logistically and of
course keep on posting news from his adventures on our homepage (news).
When the journey starts today we will cheer him with an extra loud "Ja
Yoe" come on, Matt, you will do it!
- Never have there been so many news at HP Velotechnik –
we are expanding all our trike ranges and present an amazing three new models at the EUROBIKE (26.–30. Aug. 2014)!
The flagship is the
Scorpion plus 26
â€“ according to the principles of:
higher, wider, more comfortable. The" trike with the SUV genes" has
already created a buzz. Hardly surprising â€“ it has never been easier to
enter a tadpole trike. 57 cm (22,4") are a unique seat height for this
kind of construction. The electric motor with an integrated reverse gear
is just one comfort plus points amongst many.
Press Service: New for 2015: Scorpion plus 26
Scorpion plus 20,
as a smaller brother lives up to the same high
standards â€“ but with a 20" rear wheel. The difference: the 20" trike
has been especially optimised to also cater for persons with special
needs. For this we have an extended range of comfort and ability options
Press Service: New for 2015: Scorpion plus 20
Gekko fx 26
we answer the popular demand by many of our fans:
finally a trike in the entry level class with large smooth running 26
inch rear wheel!
Press Service: New for 2015: Gekko fx 26
- Welcome back!
The speedo showed exactly 53.997 kilometers as Michel Leisner came to
visit our factory in Kriftel a couple of days ago. This impressive
distance was done by him during 2 yeas and 8 month on his trip all
around the world. On his way: 32 countries and a lot of impressing
encounters. His faithful companion on this mega-tour: a Streetmachine
Gte by HP Velotechnik. Read more about what the 25 year old guy from
Würzburg witnessed and what the local media wrote his Coming home (in
German). Or have a look on his Facebook-account with lots of impressive
Top Award for the Scorpion fs 26
– That is called a perfect start into the New Year: The leading US-recumbent online magazine "BentRider online" elected
Scorpion fs 26
as "2013 Recumbent of the Year"! The top model from our German manufacture achieved an outstanding result: four out of the seven available votes were given to this fully-suspended recumbent trike!
This unique and outstanding result makes the entire HP Velotechnik team feel very proud. Sincere thanks to all voters for their great support and their overwhelming feedback!
Kudos to the "BentRiders" readers! Despite an excellent choice of nominees the "fs 26" ruled the reader voting netting almost 50% of the tally. "Voters said they loved the Scorpion for its super smooth ride, rock solid build quality and great handling" the readers opinion has been resumed by the editors.
In addition to the very clear statement of the customers US bicycle dealers proclaimed their passion fort he Scorpion fs 26 giving two out of two votes. Finally, the 4th vote has been achieved through external bicycle-journalist.
The overwhelming result is completed by the editors comment stating: "Its not hard to see why it has won the award. The fs 26 is available in several flavors to satisfy almost any taste." Even the basic model is "very impressively equipped" and "theres an off-road version called the Enduro and a Pedelec version with an extremely well-integrated electric assist", too.
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