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Driving Forward

Overview: derailleurs, internal hub gears, mechanical gearboxes

Gear systems by HP Velotechnik:
Driving forward

Overview: derailleurs, internal hub gears, mechanical gearboxes

Even with electric assist on the rise, a bicycle is defined as an apparatus which is mainly driven by human power. No other invention is able to do this as efficiently. The symbiotic combination of man and machine has inspired bicycle designers for the last 200 years. The history of the bicycle began with German engineer Drais’ Dandy Horse and now extends to high-end derailleurs with automatic shifting.

HP Velotechnik’s engineers have narrowed down the giant selection available today to find a selection of outstanding drive train systems, integrating them into our recumbents to perfectly satisfy your needs This means that you always have the right option for your dream bike once we custom build your trike to your specifications. After all, the cycles we build are as individual as your demands.

Rear derailleur or internal gears: This not only involves a lot of technology, but also a different philosophy. And the question goes much further than that: Do you use eight gears? Or 14? Or even 30? Internal gear hubs allow you to shift while standing still. Derailleur shifting has its advantage with small changes between evenly spaced gears. Both internal gears and derailleur shifting can even be combined in our Tripleshift drivetrains. A further advantage for your recumbent: You can use all the chain rings with all the cassette cogs since the chain is so long, that it makes every gear combination ridable.

Open Choice: Twist or bar end shifters? This is not a matter of philosophy, but of ergonomics. That is why we offer both. Twist shifters are solid, reliable, and a mark on the grip indicates the current gear. HP Velotechnik has developed an extra-long twist shifter for both Pinion and Rohloff, tailored for the recumbent riders needs. Bar end shifters fit perfectly to the tip of your thumb and require less energy to precisely shift.

On this page, you will find a compact overview of all drivetrain options available in our modular system. Your HP Velotechnik specialist dealer will be happy to advise you on your optimum transmission.

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Twist shifter
Sram

X4 8-speed

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Derailleur gearing

Gear ratio (20″): 44 t. / 11 – 34 t.
Gear ratio (26″): 38 t. / 11 – 34 t.
Development (20″): 2,02 m – 6,24 m
Development (26″): 2,29 m – 7,08 m
Shifter: Sram X4 twist shifter
Cassette: Sram CS-50-8
Rear derailleur: Sram X4 8-speed
Combination with motor: exclusively with Shimano STEPS E5000

Available for all trike models except Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec and Enduro as well asGekko 26 and Gekko fxs

Comfortable basis: Sram’s X4 rear derailleur combines shifting precision and low weight with an outstandingly low price. In combination with the entry-level STEPS E5000 electric drive, we offer this 8-speed derailleur for the majority of our tricycles. Comfortable plus: With the smooth-running Sram twist shifters, you always have the right gear ratio in close control.

Sram

SX Eagle 12-speed

Bicycle gears gearing Sram SX Eagle 12-speed

Derailleur gearing

Gear ratio: 38 t. / 11 – 50 t.
Development: 1,56 m – 7,08 m
Shifter: Microshift bar end shifter
Cassette: Sram PG-1210 Eagle
Derailleur: Sram SX Eagle 12-speed
Combination with motor: n.a.

Available for Gekko 26 pre-configured specification

Solid start: The SX Eagle rear derailleur from Sram combines shifting precision and low weight with efficiency and elegant design. We offer this 12-speed derailleur, originally from the mountain bike sector, for our Gekko 26. Pleasant detail: With Microshift’s precise bar end shifters, you always have the right transmission ratio in your hand.

Sturmey Archer + Sram / Shimano

Tripleshift 24-speed

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Hub- plus derailleur system​

Gear ratio: (20″): 46 t. / 11 – 34 t.
Gear ratio: (26″): 39 t. / 11 – 34 t.
Development (20″): 1,49 m – 8,53 m
Development (26″): 1,68 m – 9,64 m
Shifter: Sram twist shifter
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG50
Rear derailleur: Sram X4 8-speed
Combination with motor: n.a.

Available for all models except Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec, Enduro, Gekko 26 and Gekko fxs

Reliable Combo: Recumbent enthusiast’s first love:The combination of a 3- speed internal gear hub plus derailleur shifting. The reliable internal gear hub from British pioneers Sturmey Archer allows not only changing gears when standing still, but it also expands the range of the derailleur shifting. In the base version with the Sram X4 8-speed cassette you get a solid partner for every journey.

Sturmey Archer + Shimano

Tripleshift 30-speed

Bicycle gears gearing recumbent trike bike Tripleshift 30

Hub and derailleur gears

Gear ratio: (20″): 46 t. / 11 – 36 t.
Gear ratio: (26″): 39 t. / 11 – 36 t.
Development (20″): 1,50 m – 8,68 m
Development (26″): 1,67 m – 9,67 m
Shifter: bar end shifter
Cassette: Shimano CS-M771
Derailleur: Shimano Deore XT 10-speed
Combination with motor: n.a.

Available for all models except Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec and Gekko 26.

Practical and elegant: You would like to extend the popular combination 3-speed hub plus derailleur? Then simply combine the Sturmey Archer hub with one of the world’s most widely used 10-speed derailleurs: the Deore XT from Shimano. This ensures a finely graduated power transmission. Your advantage: In combination with the gear hub you can shift through all 30 gears.

Sram

Sram 30-speed

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Derailleur gearing

Gear ratio (20″): 60-52-40 t. / 11 – 36 t.
Gear ratio (26″): 52-42-30 t. / 11 – 36 t.
Development (20″): 1,67 m – 8,2 m
Development (26″): 1,67 m – 9,5 m
Shifter: Sram twist shifter
Cassette: Sram PG-1050
Rear derailleur: Sram GX 10-speed
Front derailleur: Microshift
Combination with motor: neodrives Z20 und Z20 RS

Available for all models except Gekko 26; Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec and Enduro only with motor, Gekko fxs only 10-speed with motor

The Elegant Racer: Are you looking for performance on your tricycle? Then the lightweight Sram 30 with a triple crankset and 10 speed cassette is just right for you. The wide gear range and precision shifting ensure flexibility when you need it. The noble classic among the drivetrains we offer with ergonomic barend shifters for under seat steering. and provide a reassuring „click“ when operated.

Shimano

XT 30-speed

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Derailleur gearing

Gear ratio (20″): 60-52-40 t. / 11 – 36 t.
Gear ratio (26″): 52-42-30 t. / 11 – 36 t.
Development (20″): 1,67 m – 8,2 m
Development (26″): 1,67 m – 9,5 m
Shifter: Microshift bar end shifter BS-M10 with under seat steering / Shimano trigger shifter XT SL-T8000 with above seat steering
Cassette: Shimano XT CS-M771
Derailleur: Shimano XT RD-T8000 10-speed
Front derailleur: Microshift
Combination with motor: neodrives Z20

Available for all two-wheelers

The Elegant Racer: Are you looking for performance on your bicycle? Then the lightweight Shimano XT 30 with a triple crankset and 10 speed cassette is just right for you. The wide gear range and precision shifting ensure flexibility when you need it. The noble classic among the drivetrains we offer with ergonomic barend shifters for under seat steering.

Shimano

XT Di2 11-speed

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Derailleur gearing

Gear ratio (20″): 50 t. / 11 – 46 t.
Gear ratio (26″): 44 (Enduro 38) t. / 11 – 46 t.
Development (20″): 1,63 m – 6,82 m
Development (26″): 1,91 m – 8,00 m
Shifter: Di2 with button control
Cassette: Shimano XT M8000
Rear derailleur: Shimano XT Di2 (electric)
Special feature: No mechanical cables
Combination with motor: Shimano STEPS EP8

Available for all models except Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec, Gekko 26, Gekko fx 20 and Gekko fxs; requires combination with motor

No more shifting cable: Changing gears at the push of a button and with extreme precision and speed through 11 wide-spread gears, that’s what makes the Shimano XT Di2 electric derailleur outstanding. We offer this technical delicacy exclusively in combination with the STEPS EP8 e-drive. Designed by Shimano for MTB, this combination also becomes a true mountain turbo in a trike.

Shimano

Nexus 8-speed

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Gear ratio (20″): 44 t. / 16 t.
Gear ratio (26″): 44 t. / 22 t.
Development (20″): 2,19 m – 6,64 m
Development (26″): 2,12 m – 6,44 m
Shifter (electric): Shimano Di2 with buttons
Shifter (mecanical): Shimano twist shifter
Combination with motor: Shimano STEPS E5000 and E6100

Available for all models except Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec and Gekko 26, some only with motor.

It’s as simple as it can be: You want to enjoy cycling just as much as life? Worrying about the proper chainring and rear sprocket combinations only distracts you from your beautiful surroundings? Then choose the Nexus Premium for your drivetrain. This Shimano premium 8-speed hub gear is easy to operate with a twist grip even when standing still and is also extremely low-maintenance.

Rohloff

Speedhub 14-speed

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Gear ratio: (20″): 52 t. / 15 t.
Gear ratio: (26″): 46 t. / 15 t.
Development: (20″): 1,45 m – 7,63 m
Development: (26″): 1,71 m – 9,00 m
Shifter: extra long Rohloff twist shifter by HP Velotechnik
Combination with motor: Shimano STEPS EP8 (chainring like XT Di2)

Available for all models except Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec and Gekko 26; for Scorpion fs 26 Enduro only with motor

The World Tourer: Since 1998, the Rohloff Speedhub has become a mechanical legend. Countless world tourers have relied on the nearly indestructible internal gear hub with 14 evenly spaced gears. One of the reasons for its reliability is that the gears rest in a sealed oil bath. Your advantage: the extra-long HP Velotechnik twist shifter exclusive to HP Velotechnik recumbents.

Pinion

C1.12 12-speed

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bottom bracket gears

Gear ratio: (20″): 46 Z. / 28 Z.
Gear ratio: (26″): 46 Z. / 36 Z.
Development: (20″): 1,35 m – 8,21 m
Development: (26″): 1,40 m – 8,52 m
Shifter: extra long Pinion-twist grip by HP Velotechnik
Chain tensioner: HP Velotechnik with extra-large chain pulleys
Combination with motor: neodrives Z20 und Z20 RS

Available for all models except Gekko 26 and Gekko fxs

The Extraordinary: The completely enclosed Pinion 12-speed internally geared transmission integrated up front in the bottom bracket reliably propels you forwards with ease. Pinion combines automotive transmission technology with impressive reliability. HP Velotechnik’s extra-long twist shifter for the C1.12 is easy to use. It is the perfect companion to the Neodrives hub motor.

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