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A Race Machine for Comfort-Fans

Radical evolution for the classic three wheel “Scorpion”: HP Velotechnik brings the attributes of a Speed-Trike in perfect balance with the comfort demands of the recumbent culture in 2017

 

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Friedrichshafen. The new Scorpion heralds the introduction of a completely revamped model who traces it roots back to 2005 when the Kriftelians began their trike odyssey. This new Scorpion introduces a new recumbent category: Racetrike for Comfort-Fans. The metallic blue racer can be seen for the first time at the Eurobike Convention (31 August – 04 September, 2016) at the booth from HP Velotechnik in the Foyer West.

When comparing the models from 2017 and 2005, it becomes obvious how much more dynamic the new Scorpion has become: the larger rear wheel, the taller bottom bracket, and rigid Space-Frame confirm the racing lines and high speed dreams. New, is that all of these features are combined with a suspended rear triangle. Up until now, all classic race trikes have been unsuspended to save weight, but have proven to be “back-killers” on rough roads.

The drivetrain neutral rear suspension with its No-Squat-Technology gives the blue lightning new possibilities. The many configurations can be designed from the modular options system allowing for a trike for everyday and touring. The many variations available include carriers, fenders, air-cooled net seats, different lighting systems, and many different drivetrain options. Drive options include chain or internal gearing, or a combination of both for up to 81 gears! E-Drive possibilities include the rear hub motor from GO SwissDrive as well as the new Shimano Steps-System with Di2 Automatic shifting.

The base model starts at 2.990 €. Deliveries begin in November, 2016. For further information, please visit www.hpvelotechnik.com or telephone +49 61 92 – 97 99 20.

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Friedrichshafen. The new Scorpion heralds the introduction of a completely revamped model who traces it roots back to 2005 when HP Velotechnik began their trike odyssey. This new Scorpion introduces a new recumbent category: Racetrike for Comfort-Fans. The basis for this model started back in 2005 when the trike-era started for the team from central Germany. A side-by-side comparison of the two models shows the dynamic evolution over the years. The metallic blue racer can be seen for the first time at the Eurobike Convention (31 August – 04 September, 2016) at the booth from HP Velotechnik in the Foyer West.

The prominent looks have their roots in the special requirements of a high speed trike: the larger 26″ wheel vs. 20″ rear wheel allows for a smoother ride. The stiff supports of the main frame allow a straighter chain line through to the rear triangle. HP Velotechnik’s S-Pedelec were the first frame with this construction which provides a stiffer chassis, explains Daniel Pulvermüller, HP Velotechnik’s chief engineer and designer.

The front of the trike also underwent an update: the steep-rising front frame brings the bottom bracket up 24 cm above the seat level allowing the most efficient pedaling position possible, as well as an aerodynamic body position. “Experienced recumbent riders know that a high BB is like standing up while lying down”, explains Pulvermüller.

New, is that all of these features are combined with a suspended rear triangle. Up until now, classic race trikes have been unsuspended to save weight, but have proven to be “back-killers” on rough roads.

The drivetrain neutral rear suspension with its No-Squat-Technology gives the blue lightning new possibilities.The many different attachment points allow a multitude of different accessories from the modular options system to build the perfect trike for touring and everyday use. The many options available include carriers, fenders, air-cooled net seats, different lighting systems, and many different drivetrain options. Drivetrain options include chain or internal gearing, or a combination of both for up to 81 gears!

E-Motor systems let you ride easier with less effort and with two different systems for 2017, there are even more choices! E-Drive possibilities include the rear hub motor from GO SwissDrive as well as the new bottom bracket mounted Shimano Steps-System with Di2 Automatic shifting.

The base model starts at 2990 Euro. Deliveries begin in November, 2016. For further information, please visit www.hpvelotechnik.com or telephone +49 61 92 – 97 99 20.

Please find additional information in our press release

 

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Alexander Kraft, Press Officer HP Velotechnik GmbH & Co. KG
Telephone +49 (0) 61 92 – 97 99 22 83, Mobile +49 (0) 160 – 99 85 87 94
alexander.kraft(at)hpvelotechnik.com

******** Background information HP Velotechnik ********

HP Velotechnik, founded in 1993 by Paul Hollants and Daniel Pulvermüller, manufactures approx. 2,000 recumbents per year in the factory in Kriftel near Frankfurt with 35 employees (including four trainees) and is thus market leader in Europe.The bikes are built individually by hand according to the customers wish and sold in specialist bicycle shops.The signs are pointing to growth: recumbents are sold in Germany and Europe; an increasing share is exported to more distant regions such as the USA,Australia or Japan.This successful business strategy was honoured in 2017 with the “Hessian Export Prize”, which is jointly awarded by the State of Hesse and the Hessian Chambers of Crafts and Industry and Commerce.

HP Velotechnik has developed 15 recumbent models that cover the entire range from everyday bikes to racing bikes. All models are available with powerful electric motors on request. Recently, the trikes from the Scorpion series caused a sensation, winning the renowned “Eurobike Award” design prize three times in a row. Most recently, in 2013 the Scorpion fs Enduro and in 2014 the Scorpion plus 20 as a therapy trike.The Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec, a vehicle in the fast class with up to 45 km/h pedal support, last won this prize at the Eurobike, the world’s most important bicycle trade fair, in 2018.

Even as schoolchildren, the company founders Hollants and Pulvermüller became national winners of the JUTEC Youth and Technology competition of the Association of German Engineers – the foundation of the development from a garage laboratory to one of Germany’s most innovative bicycle companies. Since 2006 HP Velotechnik has been awarded as one of the three best bicycle manufacturers in Germany by the industry association VSF several times.