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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 recumbents: 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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Barend shifter
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Twist shifter
Sram

X4 24-speed

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Derailleur system

Gear ratio: 48-38-28 teeth / 11 – 32 teeth
Development 1,75 m – 8,73 m
Shifter: Sram X4 twist shifter
Cassette: Sram PG-820
Rear derailleur: Sram X4 8-speed
Combination with motor: 8-speed derailleur X4 with Shimano STEPS E5000

Available for Gekko 26 pre-configured specification without engine; in combination with engine all trikes except Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec and Enduro as well as Gekko fxs

Solid start: Sram’s X4 rear derailleur combines shifting precision, low weight, and elegant design with an outstandingly low price. We offer this 24-speed derailleur in combination with a Shimano triple chainring set for our Gekko 26 tadpole trike. A pleasant plus: With the smooth-running Sram twist shifters, you always have the right gear ratio in close control.

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

Proven combo, very popular with recumbent bike fans: Combining a 3-speed hub with a derailleur system. The 3-speed hub of the traditional English manufacturer Sturmey Archer can be shifted by turning the twist grip even at a standstill. It considerably expands the gear range of the rear derailleur. In the base version with the Sram X4 8-speed cassette you get a solid partner for every journey.

Sturmey Archer + Shimano

Tripleshift 27-speed

Gangschaltung Fahrrad Bicycle Drivetrain Shifting Tripleshift 27 Deore Schaltwerk Derailleur

Hub and derailleur gears

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
Shifterl: Sturmey Archer bar end shifter
Cassette: Shimano CS-HG400
Rear derailleur: Shimano Deore 9-speed
Combination with motor: n.a.

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

Convenient and refined: Would you like to upgrade the popular 3-speed hub plus derailleur system? Then simply combine the Sturmey Archer hub with a 9-speed derailleur system: the Deore from Shimano. It offers narrowly spaced gears for a finely graduated power transmission. Your advantage: In combination with the internal gear hub, you can easily shift through all 27 gears.

Sram

Sram 30 speed

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Derailleur system

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

Elegant Racer: Are you looking for sporty performance? Then the light Sram 30-speed drivetrain with three chainrings in the front and the 10-speed cassette in the rear can hardly be missed. The wide range of gear ratios gives you flexibility in all driving situations. The noble classic among the drivetrains we offer with ergonomic barend shifters for under seat steering. With an audible “click” the gear changes precisely defined.

Shimano

XT 30-speed

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Derailleur system

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 barend shifter BS-M10 / with above seat steering Shimano trigger shifter XT SLT8000
Cassette: Shimano XT
Rear derailleur: Sram XT 10-speed
Front derailleur: Microshift
Combination with motor: neodrives Z20

Available for all two-wheelers

Elegant Racer: Are you looking for sporty performance? 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 system

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

Say goodbye to the derailleur cable: Shift through 11 gears at the push of a button and with extreme precision and speed – that’s what the XT Di2 electric shift is all about. 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 globetrotter: Since its first launch in 1998, the Rohloff Speedhub has become a legend. Countless long-distance cyclists rely on the almost indestructible hub gears with the 14 evenly spaced gears. This is achieved by the low-maintenance, encapsulated gearbox in an oil bath. An advantage for you: Our extra long twist handle makes operation much easier.

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 front-runner: For recumbent cyclists, bottom bracket gear shifting means not only moving you forward, this encapsulated 12-speed gear is also positioned right at the front of the bike. Pinion combines automotive transmission technology with impressive reliability. With the long twist handle from HP Velotechnik the C1.12 is very easy to operate. It is also a perfect match for our powerful hub motors.

Found a matching drivetrain? Configure your dream bike now!

With our online configurator, customizing your recumbent bike is easy and fun. Choose to your heart’s delight from the extensive range of our components!