Recumbent news for the 2008 season
Dear recumbent rider,
folding bicycles and tricycles are the major trend for 2008. Sustainability, new environmental conscience and the combination of public transport with individual locomotion such as bike riding demand for easy-to-use folding technology. Understandable, speaking of lack of transport and storage space, the capability of folding your ride also leaves you literally "flexible" in virtually all situations.
Our folding tricycle Scorpion fx already has a very successful history, since its launch last year. Following in its footsteps it was only natural to introduce a new member of the "fx" family to the awaiting public: For 2008, the all new folding recumbent bicycle GrassHopper fx joines our range of fast and comfortable recumbents.
With excellent folding and riding features combined with award-winning design the GrassHopper fx sets new standards - recumbent riding is now efficient and looks great!
Our development engineers worked hard for you during the last season to provide you with a variety of new ideas and approaches to the fascinating world of HP Velotechnik recumbent riding. This news page will give you a short overview of the most importent developments for 2008. For more detailed information please review the product pages, the online price lists and download the product folders.
We are looking forward to an even more exciting recumbent season in 2008!
Folding trekking bike GrassHopper fx – a new dimension of riding pleasure!
We are happy to introduce our new space-saver: The perfect pleasure ride for spontaneous tours in distant regions. Easy folding in 60 seconds to fit in trunks and train compartments leaves no more handy excuses.
The folding dimensions for above seat steering models (96x60x70cm / 38x24x28“) and under seat steering models ( 96x50x70cm / 38x20x28“) speak volumes.
A very compact package, though we increased the wheel base by 5 cm / 2“ to give you an even more relaxed and joyful ride with or without luggage.
Basic retail price GrassHopper fx: $2.550. Available from February 2008 on. The well known standard GrassHopper with rigid main frame remains available, retail price $2.290.
ErgoMesh® seat: HP Velotechnik’s comfortable and airy seat
2008 is a year of choice: Choosing the right seat is the most important issue for new recumbent customers.
Different approaches to the task result in different designs. To deliver solutions for all seating needs, HP Velotechnik now offers both mesh and hardshell seats: On one hand our very successful and proven individually adjustable two-piece BodyLink hard shell seat, on the other hand the brand new one-piece, highly ventilated ErgoMesh seat with zip tie pouch and reflex stripes. It's ergonomic side padding provides the rider with extra support while cornering - perfect for fast cornering on our trikes. Now you can customize even the seating compartment of your custumer's favourite HP Velotechnik model! You can retrofit the ErgoMesh seat on all our existing Grasshopper / fx, Scopion / fx, Speedmachine and Street Machine Gte bikes that are equipped with the BodyLink seat and quick release mount. All it takes is 15 seconds to detach and swap the seats. So the choice is yours!
SeatWings: More side support for BodyLink seat
To increase the BodyLink's lateral support for trike riders, we developed the SeatWings, our new Airflow padded carbon fibre hip support. SeatWings easily bolt on the existing BodyLink seat design and are width-adjustable via slotholes. The upper part of the riders body will remain free for active riding by leaning in curves countering tilting, while the extra support adds comfort and safety aspects.
HP Velotechnik aproves BionX power assist system
We have postive experience with the canadian BionX power assist system. For 2008, we will offer this system as option for our european customers. Unfortunately, airfreight shipping rules prevent us from shipping this system to the US / Canada. Please contact BionX directly to source their system.
New drive train option: stiff hollowtech Truvativ crankset saves weight
26" drive trains for Street Machine Gt / Gte and Speedmachine are now available for weight weenies: Truvativ Elita with "giga-X-Pipe" hollowtech bottombracket / crankset units save 150 gram and add stiffness and great looks to our bikes. Only an Allen wrench is required to remove cranks, your staff will be happy about this timesaving aspect. Adding our lightweight Aluminium chain wheel disc saves even another 150 gram.
New components for all our models
-Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes (improved adjustability) substitute AVID BB5.
-Hydraulic disc brakes MAGURA Louise substituting MAGURA Julie and Martha.
-DT Swiss hydraulic damper XM180 (ultralight, lockout) substitutes SSD225.
-Rohloff: for better handling, ergonomics, and more elegant cable routing we equip under seat steering bikes and trikes with the long twist shifter, allowing a full-hand shift.
New for Scorpion / Scorpion fx
-From 2008 on the trikes sport a width-adjustable handlebar/stem unit.
-New standard brake lever with integrated brake-lock-mechanism for mechanical disc brake:
substitute the Velcro strap as basic parking brake. The proven optional parking brake actuated by thumb shifter allows for additional subtle preset braking on the rear end when descending with loaded carriers - extra safety.
-With the all new HP Velotechnik / WEBER trailer coupling for Scorpion / Scorpion fx you can now use double track trailers even with an installed rear rack.
More payload for all models
Was 120kg ( rider with luggage ), is now 130 kg.
Trailer load was 30kg (trailer with load), is now 40 kg
Note on component changes.
All components and other technical information subject to be changed without prior notice. The new prices and options start becoming available from November 1st, 2007. If you plan to order a bike or trike in the next weeks, please ask your dealer to find out about the exact component specification of your recumbent.