The sporty tadpole touring trike
Your Scorpion Gives Momentum to the Asphalt Jungle!
Tadpole Trike Scorpion: The Light and Low Sports Recumbent with Rear Suspension
The best role models can be found in nature. The sporty tadpole trike Scorpion sets new standards when combining stable road holding and reassuring safety with impressive maneuverability and a sporty temperament.
150% riding pleasure. More and more active people are leaning back and discovering the unique sitting comfort and energy-saving aerodynamics offered by an HP Velotechnik recumbent. The sporty Scorpion lets you experience how fun, cornering stability, and touring capability can go together in this ultimate performance tadpole trike.
Sporty from the Start
Fancy a Quick Ride?
Just a glance at the Scorpion lets you know that the stable track and low center of gravity provide secure road-holding for optimum control at all speeds. The robust wheels are placed further forward for better braking performance. Having both front wheels in your field of view at all times lets you easily avoid road obstacles. A protector layer in the tire protects the Scorpion against thorns, broken glass and other enemies.
The large 26″ rear wheel with its low rolling resistance gives the rider a spirited ride in any conditions Your Scorpion has a door-friendly track width (83cm or 33 inches) letting you roll your “new-best-friend” through most standard doors. Unless you decide to turn around for another ride, that is. After all, the highly agile speedster only needs a 5.4 m (17’9″) turning circle.
It has never been easier for you to accept our invitation to try out the comfortable seat since the crossbar on the robust, lightweight aluminum frame sweeps elegantly backward to allow getting onto the trike easily: Simply stand in front of the seat and gently lower yourself down. While you enjoy panoramic views, the comfortable swingarm reacts to bumps on the rocky road lightning-fast.
HP Velotechnik’s tried-and-tested No-Squat technology ensures that your pedaling forces do not impair the suspension. The rear wheel transmits your pedaling force to the road as direct forward propulsion without the need for complicated differential gears. Instead, your Scorpion can use the full range of modern bicycle drivetrain technology. And if you want to go full speed ahead? Simply smile at any head wind. Accelerate. And look forward to carving the next corner . . .
Top Virtues of the Scorpion
Precision can be measured, passion for detail must be felt
The daily grind is yesterday news
The Scorpion Makes Your Way to Work a Deeply Enjoyable Trip.
Desire makes the route seem shorter. So does the right position. When riding the Scorpion tadpole trike, you offer minimum wind resistance without hunching over. This makes you quick. And your trips enjoyable. Even at a relaxed pace, you still cut a fine figure.
You’re right on track. Lean back in the airy ErgoMesh seat or the adjustable BodyLink hard shell seat. They are both good for your bottom, your spinal discs, and your family planning. As flexible as life itself, they provide comfortable support for dynamic sprints.
Lean back and relax. The Scorpion makes your commute to work a deeply enjoyable trip. When heading off into the blue, you can finally see the sky again. And can breathe deeply. Could there be any better exercise bike?
Excellent design: The sporty tadpole touring trike Scorpion won a Eurobike Award. The German state of Hessen’s Ministry of Economics and Transport has nominated the sporty tadpole trike for the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany.
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The Details at a Glance
Your Scorpion tadpole trike has these technical refinements on board as standard.
Chain Protection Tubes
Easy wheel removal
Optional Features for True Individuals
Have you got your own notion of your ideal bicycle technology? Our modular system enables us to build your recumbent tricycle to meet your needs and desires. A whole range of reliable features and components is available for your recumbent trike, all of which have been specially developed to excel in everyday use. Here we show some selected examples; you will find the complete selection in our price lists and catalogs as well as our online configurator.
Build My Dream Bike Now!
Fast, convenient, and informative: Selecting the components of your tadpole trike is easy with our online configurator Choose to your heart’s content from our versatile modular systems!
Facts and Figures
Specifications and Technical Data
The outstanding ride of the Scorpion is of course based on thoroughly engineered performance technology with precise technical specifications. The detailed figures can be found here in the technical data sheet – from the dimensions to the payload, from the seat height to the appropriate rider size. And of course, we are also happy to show you which colors you can choose for your sporty tadpole trike.
- Seat height BodyLink: 28 cm (11")
- Seat height ErgoMesh: 31 cm (12")
- Seat height ErgoMesh HS plus: 42 cm (16.6")
- Seat angle: 41–49° (HS plus 41–54°)
- Wheel size (front wheel): 20" (ISO 406)
- Wheel size (rear wheel): 26" (ISO 559)
- Max. tire width: 5 cm (2")
- Bottom bracket height: 41–52 cm (16.1 – 20.5")
- Ground clearance: 10 cm (4", statically compressed)
- Wheelbase: 128 cm (51")
- Track width: 78 cm (31")
- Width: 83 cm (33")
- Length: 194–227 cm (6'4" – 7'6")
- Turning circle: 5,4 m (17'9") outward
Standard color: Peeka blue
Standard color: Anthracite grey metallic matt
Give your bike a personal touch: On request, you can have the frame of your HP Velotechnik recumbent bike powder-coated with a custom color completely to your personal taste. You can choose from hundreds of color shades:
An overview and further information about our custom colors can be found in our color chart.
- Bottom bracket standard: BSA 68 mm
- Suspension travel at rear wheel: 8 cm (3")
- Weight: from 16,9 kg (37 lbs) incl. pedals
- Payload: max. 150 kg (330 lbs)
- Frame material: Aluminum 7005 T6 heat treated
- Swing arm bearing: maintenance-free
- Rider height: ca. 1,62 - 2,00m (5'4" – 6'7")
We are committed to the quality of our products. Therefore we grant a guarantee of 10 years on the frame and the swing arm bearing of our bikes and trikes. For further information, please have a look at our warranty conditions.
They Even Have a catalog? This Is Getting Better and Better!
You will find all the details about the Scorpion in our detailed and richly illustrated Scorpion tricycle catalog. In addition, you will read lots of background information about our tadpole trikes and exciting reports about trike tours all over the world.
Even now you have the choice with us: Browse here online on our website. Or request your copy in high-quality printing form by post. So you can comfortably recline at home on your sofa and start discovering the world of recumbent bicycles – without obligation and completely free of charge.
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They Even Have a catalog? This Is Getting Better and Better!
In our detailed Scorpion tricycle catalog, you can read all the details about the fast tadpole trike and exciting adventures of riders on a trike.
Request your copy in a high-quality printing form right away. So you can comfortably recline at home on your sofa and start discovering the world of recumbent bicycles – without obligation and completely free of charge.
Here You Can Enjoy the Best Views
You will experience the best reasons for a tadpole trike from HP Velotechnik during an extended test ride. On our website, we can only describe to you the incomparable driving feeling. True to the saying “A picture says more than 1000 words” we want to let our Scorpion tadpole trike speak for itself.
Move the mouse pointer over the image. Use the magnifying glass symbol to open the picture gallery. Alternatively, you can use the link icon to download photos in high resolution, e.g., as a desktop background – simply right-click after opening the image. You can find more high-resolution pictures in our album about Scorpion on Google Photos.
Scorpion Frequently Asked Questions
The characteristics of our trikes depend on many factors. The wheel size is only one. HP Velotechnik optimized the geometry of each model for specific characteristics (with or without full suspension, foldable or not foldable, small rear wheel or large rear wheel, etc.). A conversion in this area would have a negative effect on the overall balanced system and thus on the riding characteristics – therefore our trikes are not intended for such a conversion.
In our concept, the specialist trade is the central sales pillar. Our selected and trained specialist dealers can advise you in detail. Above all, however, they offer a promptly available service locally, which we cannot provide within the framework of our manufactory with some production processes planned for the long term. For these reasons we also do not sell directly to the customer at the factory.
A lot works with a lot – but not everything is compatible with everything. This is obvious with some combinations: a hub gear plus a hub motor in the same rear wheel is not possible. The easiest way to choose your specifications: Enter your whishes in our online configurator – we’ve programmed it with all possible combinations, compatibility, and descriptions on our component choices. For detailed advice on choosing the best option for your desired application, please contact your specialist dealer.
This is a more lightweight construction than the frames of the other Scorpion models, so you save weight. It is this geometry in particular that ensures a particularly low seating position and thus better aerodynamics on the one hand. On the other hand, the lower centre of gravity allows more dynamic cornering. In addition, the one-piece frame can handle a higher total load (up to 150 kg).
Find a Dealer
All Right, Enough Theory, How Do I Get on The Sporty Tadpole Trike?
A Scorpion Is Waiting for Your Test Drive at These Dealers near You. With the “Advanced Search” you can, of course, also search for other models. Click on the dealer for the details and your desired date for an individual consultation.