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.
Visit us at the spring fairs!
We're starting the new fair season and show our recumbents and trikes at these shows:
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.
Bentriding the Andes Mountains
Recumbent bike and the big mountains? No way. Thats what many people
think. But only those, who had never experienced. But Dan Celis is
practitioner. Since one year the guy from Belgium is on his way with
a Grasshopper fx of HP Velotechnik. During his tour all around the
world he recently visited at least Southamerica, especially the Andes
Mountains. 4800 meters (14.400 ft), he wrote with proud, was the highest
saddle he travelled with his recumbent. His comment:
"The bike is doing great!" And by the way: Those who think that he is
cruising on well sealed roads – youre wrong! Down there the roads are
runways where urban owners of a SUV would be frightened using their
vehicle. But this are cars and no recumbent bikes for travelling the world!
Trail riding on three wheels: that gave a thrill to trike fans all
around the world – and it convinced the jury of the Eurobike Award so
that the "Scorpion fs Enduro" was awarded in 2013 for "particularly
innovative design and outstanding product quality". With Forest
Lightning and its eye-catching metallic green design we are going to
check out new trails. With full suspension and due to technologies from
the automotive construction sector it will bring to you yet unknown
pleasures while riding in the outback but as well it invites you to
delightfully cruise on nature trails. Watch out for our testpilots
riding the Taunus Mountains next to the home of HP Velotechnik in
Kriftel, where the offroad trike was constructed.
The Scorpion fs Enduro trike will be available from October 2013 at 3990 Euros in the standard
This includes bi-colored frame, tires: Schwalbe Hans Dampf, full suspension,
disc brakes: Avid BB7, 27 gears: SRAM / Shimano XT dualdrive hub.
For the next season our whole trike fleet will be available with an optional second rechargeable battery.
That means: We double the range of the vehicle. But it means even more:
You can switch over from the empty to the full battery with one movement of your hand.
And hence the twin-option blends perfectly in with the design features, so that the vehicle becomes more stable to ride.
Find out more in our press release. (2013/08/14)
Red Devil's rolling Eiffel Tower
Didi Senft is famous for his appearance as the Red Devil at the Tour de France.
For the Tour's 100th anniversary, Didi built a 5.9 meters high Eiffel Tower
which may result in Didi's 18th entry in the Guinness Book of Records.
Open Day on 13. July 2013 We look forward to welcoming you at our new premises:
Kapellenstrasse 49 in 65830 Kriftel, Germany.
From 10:00 am to 04:00 pm we will open our doors to offer an insight into our trikes and recumbent bikes manufacturing process.
Also you have the chance to enjoy a ride with one of our bikes as well as get an answer to the questions you might have.
We are happy to receive your non-binding notice, for a better organisation, in advance by e-mail: mail(at)hpvelotechnik.com (2013/05/21)
Press Room: Scorpion fs 26 tested by Aktiv Radfahren (german only)
"Grobe Fahrbahnen, anspruchsvolle Touren, rauher Alltag - alles kein Problem mit dem neuen Scorpion FS 26.
Das superkomfortable, hochmoderne Fahrwerk und die hohe Qualität bringen Fahrspaß wie Sicherheit.
Ein ausgereiftes Hightech-Liege-Trike wie es besser nicht sein kann!"(more ...) (2013/06/13)
Press room: Scorpion fs 26 tested by Recumbent & Tandem Rider Magazine "One of the things that most impressed me about the Scorpion is how comfortable it is to ride. The full suspension, coupled with the mesh seat, relaxed riding position, and under seat steering makes for a cushy ride; I mean, you could take a nap on this thing. Also, the front and rear suspension are independently adjustable, so you can dial in a firmer or softer ride. The HP "No Squat Design" rear suspension is known for not robbing the rider of pedal power, and in my experience, it lived up to that reputation."(more ...) (2013/05/21)
Press room: 'BentRider Online on the Scorpion fs 26 "HPVelotechnik has an unqualified hit on their hands with their Scorpion fs full-suspension tadpole.
Dealers are moving them quickly and owners adore them.
However, its not in HPVelotechniks nature to ever leave well enough alone.
Therefore, it was inevitable that there would be a new version eventually.
So came to be that the new Scorpion fs 26 that was unveiled with much fanfare at last years Eurobike show."(more ...) (2013/05/08)
Press room: "Aktiv Radfahren" tests Street Machine Gte (german only)
"Dann lässt sich auf dem ergonomischen Sitz aus der Liegeposition heraus die Landschaft
hervorragend in den Blick nehmen und vor allem genießen.
Daran ändert sich auch nichts, wenn die Streetmachine mit viel Gepäck beladen ist.
Die Laufruhe ist schlicht überzeugend."(more ...) (03/07/2013)
Due to continuous growing over the last years our location in Elisabethenstrasse became too small.
So we are moving to our new and larger site on Friday, January 25th.
Some 2000 sqm for warehouse, workshop and offices give us the opportunity to
keep growing in the emerging recumbent market.
Our new address is:
HP Velotechnik OHG
65830 Kriftel / Germany
All other contact data remain unchanged.
Press release Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec – Fast electric trike up to 45 km/h with comfortable chassis technology from the automotive sector
On stand FW-300 at the EUROBIKE show, HP Velotechnik will exhibit the first full-suspension electric trike with assisted speeds of up to 45 km/h that can be compactly folded up for transportation.
In the promising class of fast e-bikes, also known as S-pedelecs, HP Velotechnik’s model Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec focuses on secure road holding for a multi-track vehicle with chassis technology from the automotive engineering sector.
Just before the opening of the worl’s largest bike show, the new HP Velotechnik trike has already convinced a jury of experts: The Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec will be awarded with the ‘Eurobike Award 2012’ for particularly innovative design and above-average product quality.
Press release A world first: HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs 26 – The first full-suspension, foldable touring trike with a large 26-inch rear wheel
Trike riding is becoming even more efficient and comfortable. On stand FW-300 at the Eurobike trade show, recumbent manufacturer HP Velotechnik will be the world's first manufacturer to exhibit a full-suspension foldable touring trike with a large 26-inch rear wheel.
Compared to the smaller 20-inch wheels conventionally found on recumbent trikes, the larger wheel on the suspended rear of the new Scorpion fs 26 model provides an even smoother ride, less rolling resistance, and easier obstacle traversing. The combination of full suspension with tried-and-tested chassis technology from the automotive engineering sector and the positive running properties of larger wheels sets new standards in riding dynamics.
The new trike has already shown some of its high speed performance when it recently made its first appearance in the video The Dream Rider.
Increased payload: The max. payload for the Gekko and Scorpion trikes has been increased to 330 lbs (150 kg). Our other trikes with folding frames and our two-wheler recumbents are rated for a max. payload of 286 lbs (130 kg). (02/28/2012)
The new 2012 recumbent bike and trike brochures including the detailed brochure on our new Gekko trike are now availabe in our download-section. Delivery of the Gekko starts Ferbruary 2012. For more details on what's new in the upcoming season take a look at our new developments page. (10/31/2011)
Press release: HP Velotechnik's new entry level recumbent trike Gekko (1,890 EUR) can be stowed in 60 seconds At the upcoming Eurobike show HP Velotechnik unveils the new compact collapsible "Gekko" touring trike. The Gekko has a sporty frame geometry and promises to provide lots of recumbent fun with its streamlined, relaxed, reclined seat position on an ergonomic, well-ventilated seat. The trike can be broken down for transport in just one minute to a space saving 103 x 58 x 83 cm. Delivery starts January 2012. At the Eurobike show, the Gekko trike will be awarded with the Eurobike Award for it's particularly innovative design and outstanding product quality. Visit HP Velotechnik at the Eurobike show in booth FW-300. Click here to read the detailed press release. (08/19/2011)
Prices for USA now include shipping and duties To simplify price communication and increase price transparency for our US American customers, we updated our price lists: The new MSRP now includes standard shipping from our factory to your dealer, import duties and customs handling. We also negotiated lower express shipment prices - if you are in a hurry for your new HP Velotechnik recumbent, ask your dealer.
We have not changed the prices at this time, the new MSRP now only includes those handling costs that were formerly added by the dealer. Only for the Gekko fx fast folding trike the prices have changed: Starting June 2011, we offer a special Gekko fx US standard trike model that is pre-built and ready for fast shipment from our new US-warehouse. This trike is ready to go for a great price of US$ 2,290.00 including shipment to your dealer (limited accessory choice). The Gekko fx custom trike with full choice of options and accessories built to order remains available for our US customers for shipment from our recumbent factory in Germany.
Canadian customers: See note on $ price lists for additional duty charge as canadian duties can be higher than US duties. Rest of the world: Our prices quoted in Euro do not include shipping and duties as they depend on the country of destination. Please ask your dealer for your final quote. (03/18/2011)
Video: No Squat Design? "On my Street Machine Gte recumbent, there is a sticker which says ‘No-Squat Design’ but this technology is not paying off for me at least. Here you see how I have to squat every day for my bike Maya. I go to work on Maya and when I reach home in the evenings and ‘m so tired, Maya gets all over me and wants to have a ride on my shoulder." Read more about Kamrans new 10.500 km trip from Germany to Pakistanin his Blog Kamran on Bike (03/01/2011)
Gold medal reclaimed: HP Velotechnik is 'Best bicycle manufacturer' for 2011 Recumbent manufacturer HP Velotechnik of Kriftel took the Verbund Service und Fahrrad (VSF) group's coveted award for "Best bicycle manufacturer 2011". We'd like to say thank you to our employees, suppliers and customers for the great co-operation! HP Velotechnik receives this award for the fifth time. The official ceromony will take place during the Spezi show in Germersheim on April 30th, 2011. Read more in our press release. (02/15/2011)
Gekko fx review: The leading amerikan recumbent magzine bentrideronline.com has reviewd our new fast folding trike Gekko fx and is impressed: "The Gekko just feels like a trike that will last many, many years.(...) Of course, what really puts this trike on the map is its fold. I'll get this out of the way and say that it really does fold in under ten seconds. No matter how many times I folded it, I still got a silly little grin on my face. It's more than a little bit amazing. (...) I'm very impressed indeed."
Read the full review at bentrideronline.com (01/05/2011)
SnakeSeal - keeps your brake cables clean
The innovative SnakeSeal fits into virtually all standard cable brake levers and effectively protects against the penetration of dirt and moisture into the cable housing. Thus the brake system remains smooth and significantly reduces the risk of the brake cables freezing in winter. The SnakeSeal sealing system replaces the adjusting screw for cable adjustment with M10x1 thread used in most brake levers. Additional weight: just 3 grams. HP Velotechnik integrates the new SnakeSeal as a standard in all cable brakes. Color: Black with red anodized housing stop. More details in the SnakeSeal manual
Carbon fiber front boom
Our new front boom made from carbon fiber combines high-end design with low weight. We offer the boom in BSA standard with and without derailleur tube, suitable for all models. Compared to the aluminum version, this saves 170 grams (when comparing front booms with derailleur tube.)
Scorpion fs E-Dragster Accelerates from 0 to 85 km/h in 3,8 seconds: At the University of Munich, our fully suspended Scorpion fs trike was converted into an E-Dragster. 4 electric motors with a total power output of 6kW have been connected to the rear wheel, 2 Impeller turbines push with additional 4 kW each. Batteries and electronics are water-cooled. As the pedal drive train has been removed, this vehicle can no longer be considered a cycle. The researchers lead by Prof. Marquardt chose the comfortable Scorpion fs chassis and our ergonomic recumbent seat, to design a test-vehicle intended for studies on electromobility concepts. And no, this vehicle is not for sale currently... (10/20/2010)
HP Velotechnik factory visit: At our Open House 2010, we opened up our development lab as well as the prototype frame building workshop, the frame pe-assembly and the workplace where each HP Velotechnik recumbent bike or trike is built uop individually. Special guests were the recumbent adventurer Lars Reisberg and Tilmann Waldthaler. Best watched as full screen HD-video (english version). (08/16/2010)
New folding trike: Gekko fx
Actually, we planned to unveil our new fast folding trike Gekko fx at the upcoming Eurobike and Interbike shows in a few days. However, during our foto-shooting for our 2011 product news we got a visitor - but see yourself... (08/16/2010)
Scorpion fs review: Bryan Ball, founder of the american recumbent blog bentrideronline.com has published his review on the Scorpion fs, our foldable full suspension trike. The author enjoyed the ride: "When I first rode the Scorpion fs I thought it reminded me of a Mercedes S-Class. I was wrong. This thing's a human powered Maybach." Read the full review at bentrideronline.com (06/11/2010)
Trikerace 2010 33 riders from six nations met at the informal European Cup Recumbent Trike Race on Saturday, April 24, 2010. The fastest trike racer was distinguished in brief races of just a few minutes on a fast course with banked corners, jumps, and ditches. In a thrilling race under the brilliant sun, Jahn Herscher won first place on his Hase Kettwiesel, followed by two Scorpion riders - Arne Ulrich and Max Sparn of HP Velotechnik. For Martin Wollner, the defending champion from 2009, the race ended after his Scorpion crashed into the straw bales during the semi-finals. Prizes from SON, Ortlieb, and Hase were awarded to the victors.
For the 2011 Spezialradmesse Trike Race, organizers Hase and HP Velotechnik will make extra trikes available for use by visitors from the public and other tricycle manufacturers. To get an idea of the fun of driving a recumbent tricycle and the atmosphere of the race, view the photos in the 2010 Trike Race photo gallery. (Translation courtesy of recumbent journal) (04/28/2010)
Scorpion in the movies Our Scorpion recumbent trikes appear in an action scene in the German movie 13 Semester. Watch a filmclip on our 13 Semester Making-of-page. There we also tell the story, how HP Velotechnik founders Paul Hollants and Daniel Pulvermüller made their appearance in the movie. (02/10/2010)
Explore our new products for the 2010 recumbent bike and trike season on our developments page. (10/16/2009)
The 2009 Trikerace during Spezi show in Germersheim April 25th was won by HP Velotechik engineer Martin Wöllner on his Scorpion trike. Second was Arne Ulrich from HP Velotechnik, third Igor Pawiltchenko / team Hase. Congratulations! Check out the race report in our Trikerace-Picturegalery. (04/30/2009)
After 42.160 km around the world in 2 1/2 years on a Street Machine Gt recumbent Thomas Richter arrived back in Berlin where it all begun - congratulations from the HP Velotechnik team. Browse the pictures in his Tour en Blog. (04/24/2009)