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Shimano STEPS

GO SwissDrive

Which E-Drive fits?


HP Velotechnik Scorpion plus 20 with GO SwissDrive

Which E-Drive fits best?
Comparing GO SwissDrive and Shimano STEPS.

Automatic or closely packed gears – some people know at once, which to choose: Whoever can operate a shifting system with multiple chainrings, and for training reasons, prefers to vary their cadence, may be happiest with the sporty GO SwissDrive. On the other hand, if one always wished not to have to shift gears, then the Shimano STEPS would be the perfect match. But what happens if neither of these examples fit perfectly to your situation? Then take a closer look at how you are planning to use your recumbent cycle.

Are you often in the city? As a commuter, shopping, or just to be mobile? City traffic means constant stop-and-go. Shimano’s automatic transmission is not only a comfort benefit, but brings safety, as well: You can fully concentrate on the traffic. The purring of the motor is barely recognizable over the noise of the cars while riding.

Scorpion trike with e-drive Shimano STEPS

Are you riding in challenging and hilly terrain? Then the overheating protection level of the STEPS is a real advantage. With automatic gears, the transmission always runs in the most efficient range allowing long climbs with heavy loads to be completed without stopping. Relaxed touring is now standard with this system.

Away from the more travelled roads, shifting needs to be done less frequent as you travel on a steadier tempo. If you wish to hear the nature as you ride, rather than listening to the humming of your motor, then the silent GO SwissDrive plays out its advantages of the rear drive motor hub. And only this system comes with an electric reverse gear!

If long distance is one of your priorities, then the GO SwissDrive system allows you to mount a second battery to further drastically increase your range. Tourers might also feel more comfortable having standard XT drivetrain components on their Scorpion since even the smallest bike shops would have replacement parts.

Technical Data E-Drives

System Shimano STEPS
Go SwissDrive Power
Go SwissDrive Power
Available for all trike models
excl. S-Pedelec
all bike and trike models
excl. S-Pedelec
Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec
Support up to 25 km/h (15 mph) up to 25 km/h (15 mph) up to 44 km/h (28 mph)
Start assist up to 6 km/h (3.5 mph) up to 6 km/h (3.5 mph) up to 20 km/h (12 mph)
Reverse gear up to 3 km/h (1.8 mph) up to 3 km/h (1.8 mph)
Range* up to 125 km (77 mi) up to 130 km (81 mi)
(up to 260 km / 162 mi with
additional battery, folding limited)
up to 75 km
(up to 150 km / 93 mi with
additional battery, folding limited)
Force amplification 0/70/150/230% 0/60/120/180/240/300% 0/60/120/180/240/300%
Noise level some noise from
motor and gearbox
low noise level
gearless hub motor
low noise level
gearless hub motor
Max. torque 50 Nm 45 Nm 45 Nm
Rated power 250 W 250 W 400 W
Rechargeable battery Shimano 36 V Li-Ion
removable, with lock
BMZ 36 V Li-Ion
removable, with lock
BMZ 36 V Li-Ion
removable, with lock
Capacity 11.6 Ah 15.5 Ah 17.5 Ah
Energy content 418 Wh 558 Wh 636 Wh
Battery weight 2.7 kg (6 lbs) 2.9 kg (6.4 lbs) 3.4 kg (7.5 lbs)
Battery life 800 – 1000 charging cycles 800 – 1000 charging cycles 800 – 1000 charging cycles
Charger Shimano EC-E6000 BMZ 4.5 A BMZ 4.5 A
Charging time 4 hours (2 hours 80%) 4 hours 4.5 hours
Charger weight 1 kg (2.2 lbs) 0.85 kg (1.2 lbs) 0.85 kg (1.2 lbs)
Drivetrain Shimano Nexus 8-speed Di2
automatic gear hub
20": 16/44 teeth
26": 22/44 teeth
Shimano XT 27-speed
bar end shifters
20": 40-52-60 / 11–34 t.
26": 30-42-52 / 11–34 t.
Shimano XT 27-speed
bar end shifters
30-42-52 / 11–34 t.
Additional weight ca. 8.3 kg (19 lbs) ca. 9.6 kg (22 lbs)
Display black/white display
above handlebar
(Top View)
colour display above
handlebar (Top View)
or side of handlebars
colour display above
handlebar (Top View)
or side of handlebars
Light switch for
battery lights
On/Off-switch integrated
in display for optional lights
optional battery lights
IQ-X switched by
main switch
Standard lighting system
IQ-X E switched via
main switch
Features USB charger 5V, 1A
USB charger 5V, 1A

(*Range as stated by manufacturer; GO SWISSDRIVE: Support Level 60%, Rider 68 kg, 20°C, No wind, flat terrain, smooth roads; SHIMANO STEPS: Support level Eco,Total weight bike, rider 100 kg, 23 km/h flat terrain, 7. speed Stop & Go-Mode every 2 km)

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