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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. Please find more information on the new Scorpion here, in shops and on the streets it can be found from November 2016.


SRAM 30 Speed Shifting

HP Velotechnik Scorpion 2017 with SRAM 30 Speed Shifting Starting in November this year, all non-motorized bicycles (with the exception of the Gekko fxs) can be ordered with a SRAM 30 speed drivetrain including the ergonomic SRAM 500 SL thumb shifters and SRAM GX derailleur.

The performance oriented shifting system replaces the Shimano XT 27 speed shifting and is available for two as well as for three-wheelers. The 10 speed rear cassette (11-36T) allows for a wider range of gears and an easier ride on the climbs.


Optional Schwalbe Kojak Tires

HP Velotechnik Scorpion 2017 with Schwalbe Kojak tires Exclusive for trikes if the SRAM 30 option is chosen: All three wheelers (except for the Gekko fxs) can have an extra performance upgrade. The lightning quick Schwalbe Kojak tires are available with wheels complete with black spokes.


B&M IQ-X headlight

Headlight IQ-X from Busch und Müller The darkest time of the year will now become the brightest! We are replacing the SON Edelux II with the newest from B&M and offering this light as an upgrade to the E-drive battery light and SON generator hub options.

Due to technical reasons the IQ-X light option with Shimano STEPS e-bike system features 80 lux output, the IQ-X option for SON generator hubs does 100 lux, whereas the IQ-X option with Go SwissDrive offers a massive 140 lux output. All versions have a wide and balanced light cone.


Go SwissDrive Display Options

Mount for Go SwissDrive display at end of handlebar Also starting in November 2016 is the option to be able to choose between two different positions for the display when ordering the Go SwissDrive package (except for Gekko fxs). Sideview is the name of the display position beside the handlebar whereas Topview is found at the end of the handlebar.

The remote control remains ergonomically placed beside the shifters for ease of use. Only when the one hand option is choosen does the remote move down to the Sideview, due to technical reasons, below the display. Good news for all Go SwissDrive users: the Topview position can be easily converted from your EVO colour display's present position.


Wire extension set for Go SwissDrive double battery setup

Wire extension set for e-drive Go SwissDrive Our double battery option is the easiest way of mounting two batteries on a trike as well as being an innovation in the bicycle market. Starting in November, we are including with all Scorpion double battery orders, a wire extension set.

This set eases the switch between the two batteries. The improvement is available for all BMZ battery systems from HP Velotechnik and can be added to systems already on the road.


The Mud Defender for the Scorpion fs 26 Enduro

Mud guard for offroad trike Scorpion fs 26 Enduro Scorpion fs 26 Enduro means pure fun riding off-roads. Up until now, the rider has been more or less unprotected from the dirt and mud that the MTB tires throw forward during the ride.

With the new mud guard, which fits to both seat models, gives a new level of comfort to off-road riding. This option is available when purchasing an Enduro, and it is an aftermarket product that can be purchased at any time in the future


Upper Body and Hip Belt for all Gekko Models and ErgoMesh Seats

Comfort and ability accessories: special belt for stability on recumbent trike seats For special requirements when a rider needs more support on a trike, this belt provides an innovative and trusted solution.

The elaborate padded belt system allows both the angle and position to be adjusted with a simple rachet to fit to different body sizes as well as the rider's personal preference. The belt can be used either just for the hips, upper body, or both at the same time. The systems are available starting in November either with a new trike or as an aftermarket purchase.


Double Brake Adapter

Double Brake Adapter for one hand operation of brake levers A practical solution for a nagging problem: two brake levers controlling two separate brake systems can now be placed beside each other and operated with one hand.

Starting in November, 2016 as stardard with all one hand operation options or available as an aftermarket kit for almost all brake levers.


AirZound XL – extra loud, extra light

Air pressure horn AirZound XL Back to the future – with this motto the new AirZound XL presents itself with a lighter, quieter and pressure resistant plastic air resevoir.

The universally attachable horn unit has an adjustable loudness (to 115 dbA), and the filling valve remained unchanged.

August 2015

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.


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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)


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.

February 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.

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