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New developments

Every day recumbent riders all over the world add thousands of miles riding experience to our bicycles. We do highly regard their experience, impressions and comments to design and improve modern bicycle concepts and accessories. On this page we keep you informed about the latest developments.

October 2018

NEW: Scorpion Design and Standard Colours

HP Velotechnik - recumbent trike Scorpion fs 26

Starting into the 2019 season, the new HP Velotechnik design concept brings more vitality to the Scorpion-Family. From October 2018, dynamic graphics, frame protectors, and a black anodised boom with a lasered scale will be shipping. Our 3D-badge with frame number is a further practical design element within view of the rider.

Many new standard colours and options give an exciting accent to our multi-faceted option program. Custom colors are still available to those who wish a further individual touch to their HP Velotechnik product.


NEW: Shimano STEPS pedelec options

Electric motor Shimano STEPS 8000 on recumbent trike

From October 2018 we will expand our range of Shimano STEPS pedelec systems with the top model E8000. The powerful, well modulated motor with its torque of up to 70 Nm can be ordered as an option for all our tricycles (not for Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec).

As standard, we combine the STEPS E8000 system with an electronic Shimano XT Di2 derailleur with 11 gears, the easy-to-read E6100 display and the new 418 Wh battery. For all those who are looking for a particularly low-maintenance drive, we additionally offer the Shimano STEPS E8000 system with the mechanical Rohloff Speedhub 14-speed hub gear.

There are also news in the comfort area. From February 2019 we will install the new Shimano STEPS E5000 system with SRAM X4 drivetrain or with proven Nexus Di2 gear hub with automatic transmission. The new motor impresses with its slim design, quiet running and pleasant power development (at 40 Nm). The system is combined with the new 418 Wh battery.

Until the beginning of February 2019, we will continue to supply the Shimnao STEPS E6002 system with Nexus Di2 including automatic function and actual 400 Wh battery. This system can now also be ordered with the "light offroad" engine profile at no extra charge.


NEW: Shimano STEPS battery as required

The expansion of our range of STEPS systems also includes the battery. From October we offer the new 418 Wh Li-Ion battery as standard and the range enhancing 504 Wh version as an option incl. a more powerful charger). Both variants use an identical housing.

In addition, from October 2018 we will offer our proven dual battery system for the new Shimano STEPS systems. The batteries mounted on both sides of the trikes double the range and provide a low centre of gravity. The active battery is placed in the mount connected to the system, while the unused secondary battery remains safely in the transport mount on the other side of the trike.

We offer the additional battery exclusively in the 504 Wh version to maximize the range. The two-battery system is available as an option for new trikes as well as a retrofit for future trikes with the 2019 battery versions. Trikes equipped with 2017/18 Shimano STEPS 6000/6002 systems cannot be retrofitted.


NEW: GO SwissDrive CanBus-System

The GO SwissDrive CanBus system, which is already installed (edit: in a first step for the European market only due to legal conditions) since May 2018 in the Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec, is a convincing improvement. With the new model year, this new development is now also available for 25 km/h systems.

The most important innovations are the completely revised temperature control, which leads to a higher range on the mountain, as well as the noticeably reduced pedaling resistance when exceeding the maximum support speed. The system update is rounded off by an increased recuperation power of up to 200 W, which, together with the new Li-Ion battery with a capacity of 636 Wh, provides a strong increase in range.

Additional functions further increase user comfort: The boost function ensures a lively start regardless of the set support level, and extended display functions facilitate readability by increasing the display of the driving values if desired.


NEW: AXA frame lock with optional chain

From October 2018 we offer a practical safety system for all our tricycles (standard equipment for Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec). The reliable AXA frame lock is available as an option for new bicycles, but also for retrofitting to existing vehicles.

Additional security is provided by the AXA chain with loops that can be combined with the frame lock. The 100 cm light chain also fits into our practical Microbag for the BodyLink seat.

July 2018

Gekko 26 – The Entry into the HP Velotechnik Trikes!

HP Velotechnik - Low price recumbent trike Gekko 26

This model follows the credo of "keep it simple" and will be especially attractive to customers who wish a quality starting-level trike without confusing options variety and the resulting price.

The non-folding Gekko 26 is available in Lime Green with the faster 26" rear wheel, and a MRSP of only 1.990 €. Outstanding parts such as hydraulic brakes, adjustable mesh seat, and a 10-year guaranteed alloy frame rounds out this exceptional package.

With the highest seating position in the Gekko family, a moderate bottom bracket height, and the typical, precise handling of a Gekko guarantees a successful entrance into the HP Velotechnik trike experience.

In contrast to the vast options available to our other trikes, the Gekko 26 comes with Sram X4 24 gears with twist-shifters, Shimano hydraulic brakes (160 mm brake disks), and wheels with Schwalbe Streetcruiser tires. Also available are some upgrades such as fenders, mirrors, or headrest.

May 2018

The updated Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec

HP Velotechnik Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec

Our Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec had already during the running season received significant changes, which gave it the appearance of a motor vehicle! The most noticeable change was the requirement of a turn indicator, which allows the rider to indicate a turn even at high speeds while keeping their hands on the handle bars.

A further safety improvement is the mandated horn which can warm other traffic a fast-moving vehicle is approaching. The brake fluid level can now be externally determined with the mandatory viewing port found on the brake reservoir on the brake lever. An important safety feature not to be overlooked!

For the first time on a Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec, a basic anti-theft device is included in the form of an AXA lock on the rear wheel which can also be combined with an AXA chain lock

August 2017

Shifting Perspectives: Pinion C1.12 for all Models

HP Velotechnik - Streetmachine Gte boom with Pinion C1.12

"Light, compact, worry-free" – Pinions C-Line is now offered by HP Velotechnik! A recurring wish from our customers and dealers: The C1.12 transmission shifting system for all two- and three-wheelers. The enclosed shifting system is a dream for everyone who rides a lot: robust and low-maintenance. The Kriftel engineers had to improve the chain management, as well. In order to reduce the immense chain force over the 4-meter chain, the transmission receives a special HP Velotechnik chain ring as well as an extra-large cog on the rear hub. HP Velotechnik also developed a special quiet chain tensioner for an efficient and quiet ride.

With a development of 600%, the Pinion an optimal companion for every recumbent and can be combined with the whisper-quiet hub motor from Go SwissDrive, allowing shifting even while stopped. A retrofit kit is also available for either two- or three-wheelers so even older models can enjoy the latest transmission technology which will be available from November 2017.


Problem free turns for tricycles

HP Velotechnik - turn indicator for cycles

The world premiere from HP Velotechnik: The special bicycle manufacturer presents the "WingBling" being the first German manufacturer accepted by the German Department of Motor Vehicles available for all trikes with e-drive.

Traffic safety for bicycles in 2018 means: For bicycles to be seen in even thicker traffic, the rider must do something. Many bicycle riders have waited a long time for a special innovation: the turn indicator for cycles leaving hands on the handlebar when indicating a turn or lane change. As the first German bicycle manufacturer, HP Velotechnik presents a world premiere with a turn indication system that meets the changed German Road Regulations from June. Our turn indicators are available starting in November 2017 as option for Gekkos and Scorpions with e-drives and as a retrofit kit for pedelecs already on the road, or with a 6V, 12V, or 36V power source.


Gekko Concept 3.2 (available in USA only!)

Our newest model is ready for the US market: the non-folding Gekko 26 starting at MSRP $ 1,890. This all new model and two updated ones join the US Gekko family – not only combining HP Velotechnik quality with an attractive price, but also giving customers two feature-packed setup levels to choose from. To top it all off and set customers smiling and riding as soon as possible, we will keep these US models ready for immediate shipping!

Gekko 26

The Gekko is the first trike from HP Velotechnik with the new corporate design: black anodized boom, 3D Metal badge, black wheels (custom models) and décor.

The new Gekko Concept 3.2 for the US market:

  • 3 different models (Gekko fx 20, Gekko fx 26, Gekko 26)
  • 2 Component Groups to choose from (Sport or Performance)
  • hydraulic disk brakes for all component groups
  • barend shifters for Performance group
  • new color Lime Green for Gekko 26 (second color option: Deep Blue)
  • additional ready-to-ship accessories (rear racks, mudguards, handrests etc.)

The newest addition – the Gekko 26 – is a lighter, non-folding 26" frame with a slightly higher seating position. A perfect fit for either the newcomer to the recumbent scene or someone looking for a comfortable entry and exit.


Shimano STEPS Retrofit at HP Velotechnik (available in Europe only!)

HP Velotechnik Scorpion boom with Shimano STEPS e-drive

Starting with the new price list in November, HP Velotechnik is offering a retrofit service for all HP Velotechnik trikes with a new Shimano STEPS system – allowing to enjoy all the advantages of the powerful middle motor on your current trike. Also, if someone is not certain when they purchase their trike, it is not necessary to decide right now anymore. Besides that a more powerful headlight, 140 Lux B&M IQ-X, is an option for all Shimano STEPS orders starting with the new price list. The retrofit will only be done at HP Velotechnik in Kriftel ensuring that the EU guidelines are implemented.


Rechargeable Headlight and Taillight Busch & Mü:ller Eyro

Light is now available on HP Velotechnik bicycles without any energy loss due to friction. An USB rechargeable lighting system replaces the friction dynamo becoming the entry level into lighting systems. The Busch & Müller Eyro has a 30 Lux elegant headlight coupled with a battery rear light Toplight Flat S senso. Safety on the highest level especially in the dark time of the year!


Sturmey Archer Triple Shift 24 and 27 replaces SRAM DD3

Sturmey Archer Tripleshift/24

The favourite shifting option lives on even through SRAM discontinued the DualDrive production. The combination of a 3-speed internal geared shifting plus derailleurs. The reliable internal gear system from the British pioneers Sturmey Archer allows not only shifts when stopped, but it also expands the range of the derailleur shifting. Either 8 or 9 speed cassettes (SRAM X4, Shimano XT) provide a precision shifting experience through twist or barend shifters.


Two Tone Paint now on Order

Bright or understatement? Starting in November, 2017, mixing and matching colours will be easier than in the past. The majority of models now have the option of two custom colours. A difference is made between main frame and boom/rear triangle.

The well known RAL colours remain the basis for most colour choices (no neon colours). The two-wheelers and Scorpions can have other coloured booms and rear triangles to the main frame.

Please note: The Gekko frame does not allow this option.

  HP Velotechnik Stand-Up Aid

Stand-Up Aids Singles

Up until now, they were only available as a pair. Starting with the new price list in November, they can be ordered for one side. Therefore, the use is now endless: either for their original use, as accessories, or even camera mounts – the stand-up aids have proved their versatility. Available either as an option on a new trike, or as an after-market accessory.


Visibility with a new Flag HP Velotechnik flag

Our flag debuts with a new design. Form and colour have been updated for modern times and offers the best protection in traffic. Large reflective markings on both sides improve visibility and reduce accidents from distracted motorists around parked cars, or tall hedges just to name a few. Either as an option or aftermarket for all recumbents.


SKS Fenders have new Struts

SKS bicycle fenders

The new HP Velotechnik design goes even further! Elegant and modern fenders bring long-lasting protection to our bike. All black design including the struts provide both an optical and function improvement. These new fenders are available immediately on all bicycles from Kriftel.

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