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Every day recumbent riders all over the world add thousands of miles riding experience to our bicycles. We do highly regard their experience, impressions and comments to design and improve modern bicycle concepts and accessories. On this page we keep you informed about the latest developments.

August 2016

NEW: Shimano STEPS with automatic shifting

HP Velotechnik - Shimano STEPS motor with automatic shifting Shimano STEPS brings two changes to the already comprehensive custom build system from HP Velotechnik: We are for the first time utilizing a motor in the boom through which its transmission provides high power even at low speeds. The second change brings automatic shifting in the form of Shimano's Nexus Di2 internal geared hub. This combination gives riders whom shifting sometimes provides a degree of confusion and irritations; a new opportunity for a stress-free riding experience! Available from November 2016, detailed information on the new automatic STEPS e-drive is provided here.


NEW: The Scorpion

HP Velotechnik - Scorpion 2017 The new Scorpion: More dynamic after a radical makeover, the new Scorpion takes to the road following in the footsteps of the original from 2005. A higher bottom bracket (up to 24 cm) improves the aerodynamic seating position while the proven Spaceframe provides an enormous stability boost for dynamite road handling. Charge ahead with the enlarged 26" rear wheel and NoSquat rear suspension with the most aggressive design to date from HP Velotechnik.

The NoSquat rear suspension supports the rider on longer trips as well as in the corners giving them pain-free riding for hours. The proven HP Velotechnik custom options lets this non-foldable trike, as well as all of the other bikes, be customized from a fast randonneur to a race bike on three wheels, with or without an e-drive unit in either of the new standard colours: peeka blue or cosmic grey. Of course, all of the RAL colours are optionally available. Find more information on the new Scorpion here, in shops and on the streets it can be found from November 2016.

August 2015

NEW: Gekko fxs

HP Velotechnik - Gekko fxs How many bikes does a child need as it grows up? We at HP Velotechnik give a simple answer: just one! Our newest addition to the Gekko model family, the Gekko fxs, can also grow. Thanks to the new Triple-Vario design, the trike can be adapted for riders between 1,15 m to 1,80 m (3'09" to 5'11") with just a few simple adjustments. As well as the frame being extendible at two different places, the comfortable OrthoFlex mesh seat has been given a dose of growth hormone by our passionate engineers. Since the Gekko fxs stands solidly on three wheels it provides maximum safety also for riders who feel uncertain or have balance problems.


NEW: Scorpion fx

HP Velotechnik - Scorpion fx The re-design and new positioning of the Scorpion fx solidifies HP Velotechnik presence in the tour trike segment: The totally new chassis resulted from our engineers' experiences with our Speed-Pedelecs. A significantly stiffer frame, better power transmission, and a higher maximum payload without an increase in weight once again defines HP Velotechnik's leading position in the trike market. Our spaceframe technology gives the Scorpion fx a more elegant appearance. Convince yourself!

August 2014

NEW: Scorpion plus 20 und Scorpion plus 26

HP Velotechnik - Scorpion plus 20 and Scorpion plus 26 Higher, wider, more comfortable – the all new Scorpion plus 20 and Scorpion plus 26 are raising the bar! The high seating position offers an almost perfect overview whereas the comfortable, wide chassis stands for a plus in driving stability. The Scorpion plus 20 convinces with its compact 20"-rear wheel as a welcome basis for users with special needs, the Scorpion plus 26 does the same as a versatile travel trike with S.U.V. genes.
A plus-concept which adds to success: the Eurobike Award judging panel were absolutely convinced by the innovations and the outstanding quality of our Scorpion plus 20. Thus it joins the ranks of our highly successful trikes.


NEW: Gekko fx 26

HP Velotechnik Gekko fx 26 The all new Gekko fx 26 newly defines the ascent to the 26"-class. Foldable in seconds, with a lively handling performance, suitability for every day use and built in driving pleasure. With the current Gekko-family we offer a matching no-suspension trike for every occasion.


NEW: HP Velotechnik hand rest

HP Velotechnik hand rest A real increase in comfort for all trike drivers. The hands steer lightly without having to support the weights of the lower arm. The comfortably padded hand rests can be individually adjusted in all angles and inclinations. Also available with a possibility to fixate the lower arm, especially useful for one hand driving solutions. The easy access function allows an swift insertion of a motion impaired lower arm. Through the fixation the arm is moved along during steering movements and his hence mobilized. Already from October 2014 we offer the hand rest with or without fixation strap as an option or as an accessory.


NEW: HP Velotechnik walking aid mount

HP Velotechnik walking aid mount Easy insertion, safe transport and fast removal of walking aids. Our new walking aid mount makes it possible. The practical fastener adjusts seamlessly to diameters from 20 – 30 mm (0.78 – 1.18"). HP Velotechnik's stainless steel clip fixates the walking aid and releases it with a non-fumbling one hand operation again. Possible to attach to ErgoMesh and BodyLink seats from October 2014.


NEW: HP Velotechnik pedal with heel strap

HP Velotechnik pedal with heel strap The pedal with heel strap is the alternative for those who do not want or are not able to use clipless system pedals. Easy entry with any kind of shoe through the automatically self-righting positioning. One hand tightening allows for safe and efficient pedalling. One grasp is enough to release the shoe again when needed. From October 2014 as an option or as a retrofit set.


NEW: HP Velotechnik Ergo-Pedal

HP Velotechnik Ergo-Pedal Especially for users with functional impairments of feet and lower legs we have developed our new Ergo-pedal in two versions (ergonomic safety pedal and ergonomic pedal with lower leg fixation). Both versions allow a simultaneous active and passive movement and hence can mobilise with every turn of the crank.

Entry into the pedal is especially easy and does not require demanding insertion procedures. The innovative large one-hand hook-and-loop fasteners with an inbuilt steel spring ensure an up to now unknown level of comfort when inserting the shoe into the individually adjustable support plate. As an additional bonus in terms of comfort and safety the Ergo-pedal is combined with an SPD®-pedal. This means pedalling is easy on the joints and offers real emergency exit options. The version with a lower leg fixation add support and fixation possibilities to the easy entry function. This version does not rely on an SPD®-pedal for stability reasons.

Both versions of the pedal are available from November 2014 as an option or as retro-fit accessories for all our trikes (not for Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec)


NEW: HP Velotechnik folding-stand for trikes

HP Velotechnik folding-stand for trikes Secure support is provided by the new folding-stand. It enables safe transport, sound storage and protects the front chainwheels and/or the ramming protection. Especially for trikes with an electric motor and a 26" rear wheel a lot of the extra weight can come to rest on the front depending on the folding position. For all our trikes with electric motor and 26" rear wheel we included the extra folding standard as standard issue. For all other HP Velotechnik trikes (not for the Gekko fx series!) we offer the extra folding stand as an option or an accessory.


B&M: brake light for hub dynamo lighting systems

Make a mark in hectic urban traffic. With the the B&M rear light with included brake light function you will be noticed while driving and following traffic will be alerted on braking - a real plus in safety, especially during the darker seasons. Without surcharge as standard issue on all HP Velotechnik vehicles with hub dynamo lighting systems from November 2014.


AirZound 4: with a plus in power

AirZound 4 The 4th stage in the evolution of the AirZound with a new, sturdy pressure flask made from aluminium for a plus in maximum pressure and usable airvolume. Filled up to 7 bar (101.5 psi) the practical compressed air horn can deliver up to 50 blasts. As before the blast volume can be adjusted between 30 and 115 dB. To be attached to all common handlebar standards. A real safety plus in the urban traffic jungle.
Available from January 2015.

Februar 2014

Streamer for the Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec

Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec mit Streamer Our versatile Streamer fairing is now officially approved by German technical authorities (aka. TÜV) for the use with our fast Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec (up to 45 km/h / 28 mph). To get this approval the fairing has to withstand extreme tests that you would expect for a highspeed motorcycle fairing only. Think of a 2,3 kg / 5 lbs. iron ball hammering down from 4 m / 12 ft. height on the Streamers surface at a test temperature of -20 °C / -4 °F and you have an idea what we are talking about.

What might feel a little overdone on the first glance provides an extra safety benefit to your consumers even under severe conditions. The Streamer goes with any of our models and features reflective elements for extra visibility, an adjustable mounting hardware and a roll up flexibility for easy storing away.

February 2012 Increased payload of 330 lbs for Gekko and Scorpion trikes

The max. payload for the Gekko and Scorpion trikes has been increased to 330 lbs (150 kg). For the other trikes with folding frames and our two-wheler recumbents the max. payload remains at 286 lbs (130 kg).

September 2011 Glittering hotels, casinos promising fortunes and the unique canyon landscape are reasons enough to take a trip to Las Vegas. For thousands of cycling enthusiasts, however, there is a much more important occasion for making the annual pilgrimage to the Nevada Desert in late summer - the industry's biggest trade show: Interbike. We at HP Velotechnik are looking forward to the show and to presenting exciting new products to all the visitors once again.

Besides a few small and neat equipment changes to our continued models, the presentation of our latest family member awaits our guests on booth 6079. Our new bestseller, Gekko fx, has got a little brother by its side for the new season 2012 - the Gekko separable touring trike. Built the same as the Gekko fx, but with a separable frame instead of a folding hinge, the agile trike is particularly impressive in terms of its price. Even before it is actually presented, the Gekko collects first prize. The thought-out concept, clear design and highest finishing quality convinced the experts on the Eurobike jury. The result: a Eurobike Gold Award for the new HP Velotechnik Gekko trike!

New: Gekko touring trike

The new Gekko impresses with a clear use of form and elegantly reduced design at a very attractive price. The separable frame gives the customer a compact size for transportation. The volume of the dismantled tourer comes with very compact size, leaving enough room for plenty of other things that you want to take on a journey.

The equally compact price also leaves enough room for other new purchases in your financial planning. With a basic price of just 2,190.00 USD, the Gekko is currently the lowest priced three wheeler in the HP Velotechnik set. Our claim to quality also remains unscathed at the highest level when it comes to this trike. HP Velotechnik has equipped the little brother to our Gekko fx with hollow chamber rims, Avid BB5 disc brakes and a double powder coating in gleaming red or blue as standard. Delivery of the Gekko starts in January 2012.

HP Velotechnik: Stand-up aid

Nothing is more emotional than having to stand back up from a HP Velotechnik recumbent bike. And because we would like to make it as quick and easy as possible for the customer to come away from the maximum riding pleasure, from December 2011 there will be the new stand-up aid for nearly all HP Velotechnik trikes. By the way: the practical retrofit handle also makes getting into the trike easier. A practical, useful accessory to make our three wheelers more suitable for rehabilitation purposes.

Schwalbe Tryker: The first trike tyre

The German tyre specialist, Schwalbe, together with HP Velotechnik, has developed a 20 inch tyre especially for three wheelers. The 40 mm wide Schwalbe HPV Tryker combines high wear resistance with good smooth running, precise steering properties and puncture protection for everyday use. The 67 EPI carcass is covered by the integrated RaceGuard protection belt and reflective sidewalls. Despite a low weight of 360 g, the new three wheeler specialist comes with an ECE-R75 certification for e-bikes. Naturally the Tryker will be the new standard tyre on all HP Velotechnik custom trikes next season.

BionX: Two new power assist drivetrains

Riding the wave of electric drives, HP Velotechnik is expanding its electric range next season. In future, therefore, all customers who like to run on electric power will be able to choose between two systems. The PL250HT SL 48-Volt version offers absolute performance with 423 Wh and 40 Nm at a range of up to 105 km. But even the much more reasonably priced 26-Volt PL250M BionX system with 25 Nm enables the rider to switch on a tail wind for up to 65 km. Both systems increase the pleasure of cycling by at least 100 %. Available from January 2012.

Pletscher: height-adjustable kickstand

With the Comp Zoom height-adjustable kickstand made by Pletscher, all HP Velotechnik 2-wheel bikes will stand up more securely in future, as the stand length can be ideally adjusted to the tyre diameter fitted. The serial adjustment in our production line starts from November 2011

New, precission forged knuckles for Scorpion fx

The trike's front wheels are supported by sturdy knuckles taht are now manufactured by precission forging and CNC technology. The new design features a post-mount disc brake mount and reduces the weight by more than 300 g.

April 2011 New folding hinge for Scorpion fx und Scorpion fs

HP Velotechnik designed a new folding hinge for the Scorpion fx and Scorpion fs trikes. The new design shaves 150 g of the trike's weight and makes folding easier than ever. The Quick release lever is now conveniently located on the upper side of the frame. The new catch locks the hinge automatically when unfolding the trike.

New, precission forged knuckles for Scorpion fx

The trike's front wheels are supported by sturdy knuckles taht are now manufactured by precission forging and CNC technology. The new design features a post-mount disc brake mount and reduces the weight by more than 300 g.

October 2010 Our new foldable touring trike Gekko fx got a lot of attention after its presentation at this years automn bike shows (see below at our August 2010 message for details). Additionally, we have some new developments and component options so you can ride our recumbents with even more fun and style:

SnakeSeal - Weather protection for brake cables

SnakeSeal brake cable seal 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

recumbent front boom made from carbon fiber 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.)

"Rustbuster" chains from KMC

chain KMC Rustbuster From now on all the cycles from HP Velotechnik are supplied with KMC "Rustbuster" chains. The new chains shine with a significantly lower susceptibility to rust, longer durability and promise an excellent shifting action.

Better visibility with daytime light "Light24" and LineTec rear light

Sfront light Licht24 and LineTec rear light by Busch&Müller In all lighting systems with hub dynamo, we use the new BUSCH & MULLER LED headlights Lumotec IQ Fly T with daytime running light. With electronic parking light function (with no battery), automatic switch-on at dusk. Also new is the diode rear light TOPLIGHT Line Plus with innovative LineTec strips.

New hydraulic disc brakes

disc brake Tektro Auriga For the 2011 cycling season, we offer you the hydraulic disc brakes Shimano XT and Tektro Auriga. Both Tektro Auriga, individually or linked, and Shimano XT work with maintenance-friendly mineral oil. The new stoppers replace the Magura Disc components.

Black SON Edelux front light and black SON hub dynamo

front light SON delux and SON hub dynamo 20Rdisc The luxury class from Schmidt. The compact headlamp Edelux with parking light switches on automatically by sensor control and amazes even at low speed with a more astonishing light output of up to 80 lux. The elegant lamp stands out in a black, waterproof metal housing. In the future we'll be using the black anodized version of Son20R disc dynamos in the Son lighting option also for our bikes.

Black Rohloff hub

Rohloff 14 speed hub gear The Rohloff Speedhub in elegant black now shines behind our SON hub dynamo. The 14-speed hub gear is now in color for all models on our HP x-light industrial bearing hubs and matches the Son hub dynamo.

August 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...

Gekko fx foldable recumbent trike Revolutionary: HP Velotechnik's innovative Dual Flat Fold system (D.F.F.). The Gekko fx is the world's first tadpole recumbent trike that can be easily folded without removing a single component. Everything stays on the bike and folds together into a fabulous 82x52x83 cm size. The folded miniature can be conveniently set down on the integrated, stable plastic cushions. Required time: less than 10 seconds.

The 33 cm seat height and the frame cross member that elegantly curves to the front and positioned close to the seat with angle-adjustable handlebar enable you to get in and out of the seat very easily. Like all HP trikes, the riding characteristics of the Gekko fx leave nothing to be desired. The new recumbent trike delights with sporty handling at maximum acceleration. The price is also inspiring. In the new season we offer you the basic version of the folding trike Gekko fx with the shimmering deep blue and magma red colors for a mere US $ 2290 / € 1990.

Delivery starts January 2011. Right now you can start reading the details in our new Gekko fx brochure, available in our download-section.

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