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New for 2016: Three reasons for wanderlust on three wheels
The classic 'Scorpion fx' trike from HP Velotechnik profits threefold
from the space frame technology: stiffer frame, better power
transmission and more space for luggage
******** Summery ********
In launching the completely revamped Scorpion
fx touring trike, the recumbent manufacturer HP Velotechnik has
significantly honed its performance in the field of touring trikes.
Findings made by designers during the construction of their electric
speed pedelecs have been incorporated in the new chassis. The result in
brief: a significantly stiffer frame, better power transmission and a
considerably higher load capacity – all with virtually the same weight.
The comfortable and elegant classic can be experienced by visitors at
the HP Velotechnik stand (west foyer, booth FW 300) at the Eurobike
trade fair from 26 to 29 August.
"The key feature of the new Scorpion fx is the use of the space frame
technology", explains Daniel PulvermÃ¼ller, the recumbent specialist's
chief designer. By this, he refers to the way in which the rear end is
connected to the main frame and seat. The strikingly shaped space frame
structure enables rectilinear chain run through the full-suspension rear
end. "This enabled us to significantly reduce the impact forces of the
drive on the overall framework." The result is a 17 percent stiffer
chassis, which can now withstand loads of up to 308 lb instead of 287 lb.
The front section was also redesigned. The bottom bracket has been
raised by five centimetres to enable a noticeably sportier, more
efficient pedal movement. The seat position remains virtually unchanged.
Compared to other medium-height trikes, it guarantees what recumbent
cyclists especially value: unrestricted all-round views and a
A key factor for globetrotters is also the convenient and safe storage
of large amounts of luggage. The 'Scorpion' carries up to 110 lb; the
load can be distributed, for example, over the four large rear wheel
panniers from Ortlieb. Despite of all these changes, the core features
of the series remain unchanged. The trike can still be compactly folded
in just a few simple steps without tools, ready to be transported by
train or car. The modular system permits customised features, such as a
shifting system with 81 speeds or an E-motor with a reverse gear and
The Scorpion fx is available in specialist stores from September 2015 at
a cost of 3,390 euros for the basic version in the standard colours of
Pearl orange and Blue shade grey. For more details, please visit
www.hpvelotechnik.com or call + 49 61 92 - 97 99 20.
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There is no other category of cycles in
which riders make such contradictory demands as with touring bikes. They
should be able to carry as heavy loads as possible, while still being
small and light to transport. Maximum riding comfort is desired for
longer rides, but the technology must also be robust and low
maintenance. And great aerodynamics would be fantastic, but not at the
expense of an auspicious seat position. Fortunately the bicycle
engineers have already invented the panacea: the touring recumbent that
can do even more thanks to being a trike. It is so stable on its three
wheels that even riding along mountain trails with a lot of luggage will
no longer be scary. And if cyclists want to take photos and films as
they ride this is no problem! They no longer need to watch out for every
stone and rut, and can even mount the equipment wobble-free in several
positions on the frame for spectacular perspectives. HP Velotechnik
displays the epitome of such a versatile travel companion with its
completely revamped Scorpion fx for the 2016 season. You can see the
newly designed touring classic at the recumbent manufacturer's stand (FW
300) in the west foyer of the Eurobike trade fair from 26 to 29 August.
For Paul Hollants, Managing Director of HP Velotechnik, redesigning the
touring trike was only logical. "After introducing a very unique vehicle
class for rehab patients and senior riders in the form of the Scorpion
plus in 2014, we have now been able to even more closely define the area
of application for the Scorpion fx series". It initially worked as a
base to provide a high seat position and the ability to get onto the
trike easily. This role has now been taken on by the series' broader and
higher 'comfort' models Scorpion plus 20 and 26. "That gave us the room
to significantly hone the profile of the Scorpion fx as a classic
touring bike". The result in brief: a far stiffer frame, better power
transmission when pedalling and a considerably higher load capacity –
and all with virtually the same weight.
This has been made possible by new technical processes, as Hollants'
partner Daniel PulvermÃ¼ller explains. Since the Hessian company
presented the first touring Scorpion in 2006, the world of multi-track
lightweight vehicles has been reinvented in various respects. New
welding and moulding processes have been incorporated together with the
findings made while designing various recumbent trike models, the range
of which has become ever more differentiated over the years, culminating
in to the S-pedelec. "The key feature with the new Scorpion fx is the
use of the space frame technology", comments the manufacturer's chief
engineer. The designers were able to completely redesign the chassis
based on the design tried and tested on their speed pedelecs. The
strikingly shaped framework enables rectilinear chain run through the
rear end. To ensure good ride comfort, the rear suspension is also
fitted with the 'no squat' technology developed by the recumbent
specialists. This minimises pedal kickbacks. "The new chain guide
allowed us to significantly reduce the impact forces of the drive on the
overall framework." The result is a 17 percent stiffer chassis, which
can now withstand loads of 308 lb instead of 287 lb.
Combined with other design changes, the stiffness becomes twice as
important. The bottom bracket has been raised by five centimetres to
enable a noticeably sportier, more efficient pedal movement. Hard-core
recumbent riders are aware of the central function that results from the
difference in height between the seat and the bottom bracket. On an
upright bike, this would equate to the difference between a road bike
frame and that of a Dutch bike. A high bottom bracket virtually means
pedalling out of the saddle while still squatting.
Nevertheless, the seat position of the Scorpion fx is still essentially
classed as medium height. This provides riders with both clear
visibility in traffic and great panoramic views as well as good tipping
stability when dynamically rounding bends. A key feature of the seat
culture of the trikes from Kriftel is their sophisticated ergonomics.
Riders can choose from five different basic types, all of which are
individually adjustable: the sporty BodyLink bucket seat (height: 1'1"),
the standard-height (1'2") or high (1'7") ErgoMesh mesh seat or these
two mesh seats in broad and long XL versions.
A second advantage of the rather upright position is the measurably
larger amount of space for your luggage. "The revamped bracket above the
rear wheel means that the Scorpion fx is not only able to carry 110 lb,
but also offers plenty of room to do so", reports PulvermÃ¼ller. Not many
bikes would be able to hold four large rear wheel panniers from Ortlieb.
And, this still does not affect the folding function. As before, the
patented folding joint can easily be operated with one hand. To
transport it by train or car, simply fold the trike with a few manual
movements and no tools to a compact 2'11" x 2'9" x 3'2" (L x W x H). The
open wheel carrier developed by HP Velotechnik also comes in handy for
those who want to make the Scorpion still smaller. The front wheels can
be removed in 90 seconds, reducing the dimensions to 3'3" x 2'4" x 2'2".
Like all other vehicles from the recumbent manufacturer, the Scorpion fx
can still be customised using the highly flexible modular system.
Optional features include a shifting system with 81 speeds and a
powerful electric motor with a reverse gear plus a second battery. The
advanced premium model from GO SwissDrive also offers innovation in
terms of functionality. For example, not only do the colours adapt to
the brightness of the ambient light, but the control unit can also be
remotely operated. With a little practice, it is no longer necessary to
focus on the display – except if specifically using it as an external
screen for your smartphone. Thanks to the Bluetooth interface, the
digital all-rounder can therefore remain safely stored in the luggage,
while still sending the data to the display via an app. According to the
Swiss drive manufacturer, it will also be possible to display navigation
functions in future.
The Scorpion fx is available in specialist stores from September at a
cost of 3,390 Euros for the basic version in the standard colours of
Pearl orange and blue shade grey. For more details, please visit
www.hpvelotechnik.com or call + 49 61 92 - 97 99 20.
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For further informations: Alexander Kraft (press spokesman HP
******** HP Velotechnik at the trade shows ********
Eurobike: August, 25th 2014 (DemoDay, only trade visitors and press):
Fair Friedrichshafen, Parking Area East 1, booth DD-514
26. – 29. August: Fair Friedrichshafen, Foyer West, booth FW-300;
E-Trike test parcours: Eastern Outdoor Area, booth FG0-106
Interbike: September, 16 – 18, Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las
Vegas, NV, booth 4151
******** Technical data Scorpion fx ********
Basic model, other components on option
Frame: Scorpion fx (Alu 7005 T6), 10 years warranty
Color: Perl orange or Blue shade grey; other colors on option
Tires: Tryker by Schwalbe (20")
Seat height / angle: from 1'1" (BodyLink hard shell) up to 1'7" (ErgoMesh HS plus mesh seat)
Seat angle: 35 â€“ 44Â°
Pedal axle height: 1'3" â€“ 1'6"
Suspension: Dnm DV-22 80 mm (rear wheel)
Brakes: 2 x Avid BB7 disc brakes (front, individual application to each wheel)
Gear system: Sram Dual Drive 24 speed
Length: 5'5" â€“ 6'7" (adjustable for riders with height from 5'2" â€“ 6'7")
Width/Track width: 2'9" / 2'7"
Ground clearance: 5.5"
Turning circle: 14'5"
Weight: from 36,5 lb
Max. Payload: up to 308 lb
Package measuring: 2'11" x 2'9" x 3'2"(LxWxH)
Price: starting from 3.390,- â‚¬, with motor from 5.980,- â‚¬
Available: from September 2015
******** Background information on HP Velotechnik ********
HP Velotechnik was founded by
Paul Hollants and Daniel PulvermÃ¼ller in 1993. Its production site in
Kriftel near Frankfurt employs 30 people (including four trainees) and
manufactures approximately 1,700 recumbents per year, making it the
European market leader.The bikes are individually built to order by hand
and sold via specialist bike dealers. Signs of growth are evident: The
recumbents are sold in Germany and Europe; increasing numbers are also
being exported to more distant regions such as U.S.A., Australia, and Japan.
HP Velotechnik has developed 14 recumbent models across the entire class
spectrum from everyday bikes to racers. All models are available with
powerful electric motors on request. Recently, the fullsuspension trikes
of the Scorpion class won three times in a row the renowned Eurobike
Design Award: In 2012 the speed pedelec Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec, in
2013 the mountain trike Scorpion fs 26 Enduro. and in 2014 the SUV trike
Scorpion plus 20.
Even as students, the company founders Hollants and PulvermÃ¼ller were
national champions with their cabin trike in the Association of German
Engineersâ€™ 1992 JUTEC youth and technology competition.This provided the
foundation stone for their development from a garage laboratory to one
of Germanyâ€™s most innovative bike companies. During the last ten years,
HP Velotechnik was repeatedly named as one of Germanyâ€™s three best bike
manufacturers by the bike industry association VSF.
For further information, please visit www.hpvelotechnik.com