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Our Groundbreaking Handbike: Hands-On-Cycle

The Hand-Powered Drive for Trikes From HP Velotechnik

Our Hands-On-Cycle handbike module is a completely new concept in which a single sub-assembly turns a foot-operated bicycle into a hand-operated vehicle. In practice, this means that handcycling has never been so safe and inclusive for people with disabilities.

The fully encapsulated hand cycle drive is mounted on HP Velotechnik’s proven trikes: 20 years of experience in tricycle construction merge with Hands-On-Cycle‘s groundbreaking design to create a uniquely elegant, compact and comfortable combination.

Thanks to Hands-On-Cycle, you can, once again, set off on bicycle tours and bike excursions with family and friends. And most comfortable: The two sturdy base vehicles, Scorpion fs 20 and Gekko fx 26 are ideal even on bad roads, the Scorpion is even fully suspended.

Handbike Drivetrain Trike Tricycles Hands-on-Cycle Click to enlarge

Unique integration: HP Velotechnik integrates the hand-operated drive including gears and cables in a closed housing. This is an enormous safety advantage. With the Hands-On-Cycle you avoid contact of with rotating and oily drive parts with your upper body and arms. Other advantages over conventional handcycles: The vehicles have an astonishingly small turning circle, and the tidy cockpit offers the best possible operating comfort.

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Adjustable in Four Ways

This Hand Cycle Drive Is Made to Fit You

The Hands-On-Cycle can be seamlessly adjusted for people with a height of 1.60 to 2.00 m* (5.2′ – 6.6′) and arm lengths of 70 to 94 cm (27.5″ – 37″)*. Optimizations are possible in all three dimensions here. The length adjustment range of the Hands-On-Cycle unit in the main frame is 6 cm (2.4″); the footrest can be extended by up to 14 cm (5.5″).

The pole has an adjustment angle of 14°. The grip width can be varied between 52 and 62 cm (20.5″ – 24.4″). Another possibility for adjustments is offered by the flexible seat systems from HP Velotechnik.

* Approximate specification; consultation with a qualified dealer to determine whether and how Hands-On-Cycle can be used for your personal indications is necessary in any case.

Clever Accessories

The Hands-On-Cycle is prepared designed for dedicated customized dedicated options

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Foot plates: A velcro fastener with spring to open allows you to securely stabilize your feet.
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For even more support and safety, the standard leg rest can be supplemented with a calf brace.

Your Handbike Adapts to You

Hands-On-Cycle: As Variable as Your Requirements

HP Velotechnik mounts the Hands-On-Cycle on two models: the lightweight and compact Gekko fx 26 (right) and the comfortable and full-suspension Scorpion fs 20 (left). Both models can be individually adapted to your requirements and special needs with our modular custom system.

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Basic drivetrain with 3×8 gears is the Tripleshift 24 gearing – a combination of a stand-shiftable 3-speed hub plus 8-speed cassette with twist shifters. For deceleration, Shimano BR-MT200 hydraulic disc brakes are a standard feature. With options such as the luggage rack or side bag mounts, you expand the range of use of your new touring partner immensely. For the ultimate in comfort equip your trike with a powerful electric motor!

A complete breakdown of options and prices can be found in the Scorpion and Gekko catalogs as well as in the online configurator. The configurator also allows you to check whether your desired setup is compatible with the specific requirements for the Hands-On-Cycle.

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Electric Hand Cycle

Extra Power in the Rear: Hands-On-Cycle With Motor Assistance

Of course, the Hands-On-Cycle is prepared for the megatrend in the field of bicycles: If you so choose, we can install a powerful electric motor. In order to turn your hand powered bike into a pedelec (support up to 25 km/h), we use the rear hub motor Z20 from Neodrives in combination with the 10-speed derailleur Deore XT from Shimano. All controls and the color display are right in your field of vision in the cockpit.

The battery range is up to 145 kilometers or 90 miles (capacity 612 Wh). The 40 Nm of the extremely quiet hub motor transfers power directly to the rear wheel. The surcharge for the motor unit is: 3,090 Euros.

Note: For safety reasons, the reverse function of the Neodrives motor cannot be used in combination with the Hands-On-Cycle.

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Facts & Figures

Technical Data of the Applicable Trikes

Scorpion fs 20
Gekko fx 26
Material (frame)
Aluminum 7005 T6
Aluminum 7005 T6
Suspension travel (front/ rear)
6 cm / 8 cm (2.4″ / 3″)
– / –
190 bis 210 cm (6.2′ – 6.9′)
205 bis 223 cm (6.7′ – 7.3′)
83 cm (32.7″)
83 cm (32.7″)
85 bis 100 cm (33.5″ – 39.4″)
83 bis 98 cm (32.7″ – 38.6″)
Folding dimensions (L x W x H)
105 x 83 x 98 cm (41 x 33 x 39″)
120 x 83 x 100 cm (47 x 33 x 40″)
Seat height
32 cm (12.6″)
35 cm (13.8″)
from 25 kg (55 lbs)
from 24 kg (53 lbs)
Extra weight due to
7,5 kg (16.5 lbs)
7,5 kg (16.5 lbs)
Payload (rider & luggage)
max. 130 kg (286 lbs)
max. 130 kg (286 lbs)
Turning circle
4,76 m (15.6′)
4,65 m (15.2′)
Development (24 gears)
1,84 – 10,50 m (6 – 34.4′)
1,78 – 9,28 m (5.8 – 30.4′)
Development (Rohloff)
1,56 – 8,34 m (5.1 – 27.4′)
1,54 – 8,09 m (5 – 26.5′)
Development (with E-assist / XT 10)
2,36 – 7,74 m (7.7 – 25.4′)
2,29 – 7,50 m (7.5 – 24.6′)
Color (main frame,
with corrosion layer,
color & clear coat)
Blue shade grey matt,
Colza yellow or
custom color
Magma red,
Deep blue or
custom color
Price (incl. Hands-On-Cycle)
from € 8.280,– / US$ 9,110.–
from € 6.380,– / US$ 7,080.–
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Space saver: The tricycles from HP Velotechnik can be folded to save room for transport or storage. This also works with Hands-On-Cycle, yet the foldability is limited compared to the base model.
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Find a Dealer

Where Can I Test and Buy the Hands-On-Cycle?

These dealers near you can order your trike with our Hands-On-Cycle handbike module. Use the “Arrange a test ride” button to contact our specialist retail partners. They will gladly tell you whether a trike with hand drive is available for a test ride in their store. Click on the dealer of your choice for details and to arrange your preferred appointment for an individual consultation.

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