Press room - Encycleopedia 2001
HP Velotechnik in the news: the following text is an excerpt from the English magazine Encycleopedia, issue 2001 (English edition). We recommend to order the complete magazine from the publishing house to read the whole story.
An exhilarating mixture of recumbent efficiency and comfort, mixed with
racing bike dynamics and light tourer versatility - that's the brief HP
Velotechnik set themselves for their stunning new Speedmachine. In the
mountains of Majorca, where they took the prototype for final testing
and photography, the Speedmachine exceeded expectations, with a
fun-factor 'off the scale'.
The Speedmachine's rider leans back in a comfortable yet aerodynamic
position, ergonomically supported by an adjustable glassfibre seat. This
is slightly higher than in a racing HPV, allowing good visibility in
traffic without unduly compromising performance. Steering is direct for
Key to the Speedmachine's success is its adjustable suspension system. A
new steering tube suspension de-shocks the front, the back end being
cosseted by their 'No-Squat' system. This, by clever positioning of the
pivot point, minimises energy losses. And if you want adjustable
damping, an optional spring element provides it at the turn of a knob.
Transmission uses Shimano XT derailleurs, and when it's time to stop,
hydraulic disc brakes provide plenty of power. The rear carrier is fully
suspended and big enough to carry a pair of panniers for light touring.
For grander tours, HP Velotechnik offer the Street Machine Gran Tourismo
This is the latest evolution of the original Street Machine, building on
nine years of experience. The Street Machine GT has new
hydraulically-damped suspension for both wheels, the rear system
incorporating No-Squat technology. The seat has 10 degrees of angle
adjustment and there's a choice of under-seat or above-seat steering.
The Street Machine GT's standard specification includes Shimano Deore
9-speed derailleur, Swallow City Marathon Reflex tyres and Alesa rims
with DT Swiss stainless steel spokes. If you prefer to use components of
your own choice, HP can supply frame kits. Accessories include the
Streamer aerodynamic fairing, guaranteed to improve riding comfort and
Constructed from clear polycarbonate on a lightweight frame, it's quick
to fit and detachable in seconds. Better yet, it can even be rolled up
Paul Hollants and Daniel Pulvermüller were young students with a passion
for cycle technology when they founded HP Velotechnik in 1993. Their aim
was to produce a bicycle that fulfilled their vision of an ideal HPV
more than anything previously available. The resulting Street Machine
became a HPV classic.
HP listen carefully to feedback from customers, testers and the cycle
trade, and act on what they learn. A product of this approach is the
Wavey, a simple but effective short-wheelbase machine for cyclists new
The firm has its production facilities, warehouse and office in an old
farmhouse in Kriftel, a small town near Frankfurt. There they
concentrate on development and assembly, out-sourcing specialised word
such as laser cutting, welding and powder coating to suitably-qualified
partner companies. With the launch of the Speedmachine, HP Velotechnik
look set to move into a new and exciting phase.