Hp Velotechnik Scorpion FS 26 Recumbent Trike

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HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS 26 Recumbent trike is the number one selling full suspension trike on the market today. Hp Velotechnik is the the world’s first manufacturer to exhibit a full-suspension foldable touring trike with a large 26-inch rear wheel.

Compared to the smaller 20-inch wheels conventionally found on recumbent trikes, the larger wheel on the suspended rear of the new Scorpion fs 26 model provides an even smoother ride, less rolling resistance, and easier obstacle traversing. The combination of full suspension with tried-and-tested chassis technology from the automotive engineering sector and the positive running properties of larger wheels sets new standards in riding dynamics.

Thanks to HP Velotechnik’s sophisticated self-locking folding hinge, the vehicle can be quickly folded into an easy-to-transport package with dimensions of just 123 x 83 x 69 cm.

The new Advanced Steering Geometry (ASG) enables riders to control the Scorpion fs 26 smoothly and precisely, giving it a small turning circle of just 5.5 meters (18 feet) despite its long wheelbase. From November 2012, all HP Velotechnik trike models will come with ASG as standard.

In addition to the ergonomically-shaped ‘BodyLink’ hard shell seat, HP Velotechnik also offers the option of the further improved ‘ErgoMesh’ seat. This not only provides optimum ventilation for the back but also offers more side support thanks to the enhanced seat design with strengthened, anatomically-shaped side cushioning. For larger riders, the seat is will be available in a 5 cm (2 inch) wider ‘ErgoMesh XL’ version with a 3 cm (1 1/8 inch) longer back rest and seat pan.

Additional technical data:
Seat height BodyLink seat 29 cm
Seat height ErgoMesh seat 32 cm
Seat angle 32–41° adjustable
Bracket height 40–45 cm
Track 78 cm
Width 83 cm
Frame: Aluminum 7005 T4/T6
Rider height approximately 1.62–2.00 m

Hp Velotechnik Scorpion FS 26 Specifications

seat height29 cm BodyLink seat
32 cm ErgoMesh seat
40 cm ErgoMesh-HS seat
pedal axle height40–45 cm
suspension travel6 cm front
8 cm rear
No-Squat-Design
seatHP BodyLink-Sitz
angle and length adjustable
or ErgoMesh seat
seat angle
wheel size20" (ISO 406) front
26" (ISO 559) rear
max. tire width5 cm / 2"
wheel base128 cm
track width78 cm
width83 cm
length187–231 cm
size folded123 × 83 × 62 cm
size dismantled93 × 74 × 54 cm
turning circle5,51 m
diameter
bottom bracketBSA 68 mm
weightfrom 18,2 kg incl. pedals
max loadmax. 140 kg
frameAluminium 7005T6 heat treated
suspension pivotmaintenance free
finish
phosphated and
powdercoated
white/grey
grey
custom color
rider heightmin. ca. 1,62 m
max. ca. 2,00 m
X-Seam min. 0,895 m *
X-Seam max. 1,22 m
Frame warranty10 years

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Reviewed by Adulttricyclereview.com

HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS 26, Posted on November 13, 2015

The HP Velotechnik Scorpion FS 26 maybe the Holly Grail of trikes. If

you are looking for one of the softest riding, best handling trikes,

with over the top engineering and quality, you may have found your Holly

Grail. HP Velotechnik builds only top drawer quality products. HP

Velotechnik builds the Scorpion FS 26 in thir factory in Kriftel

Germany. The Scorpion FS 26 is built the German way, which is with no

compromises or corners being cut. HP Velotechnik pays great attention to

every detail on their trikes and bikes. The Scorpion FS 26 will convert

you. After you ride the Scorpion FS 26 awhile, you will find that you

just do not ride your two wheel bike anymore.

Frame: The frame on the Hp Velotechnik Scorpion FS 26 is made out of

aluminum, which is TIG welding together. The welds are consistent and

smooth and as close to perfect as it gets. The Scorpion FS 26 trike

folds in half and is a flat fold style where the rear wheel fold over

the top and settles in between the handlebars. The rear frame has a

unique little bumper to keep the front and rear frame from banging

together. Hp Velotechnik also has neat Velcro straps on the Scorpion FS

26 to hold the front and back of the trike together while transporting

the trike. The quick release hinge is super sturdy, the hinge has an

extra safety catch on the bottom. The front suspension rides on both

coil springs and an elastomer system. The suspension is a telescoping

design with 6 cm of travel. The Scorpion FS 26 also uses a sway bar

under the frame so the trike stays nice and flat while turning. The

Scorpion FS 26 has a weight capacity of 308 lbs. Most companies rate

their recumbents at 275 lbs for a maximum capacity.

Paint: The Scorpion FS 26 has two standard paint jobs

available. First is the gray, everything is painted the same color, boom

frame and swingarm. Second is the gray and white, where the frame is

gray and the boom and swing arm are painted white. If those two colors

do not strike your fancy, you can choose from 94 custom colors for an

up-charge of $189.00. The powder coat paint job on the Scorpion FS 26 is

a quality job. It is everything you would want in a paint job.

Drive Train: HP Veloetchnik offers seven different

drivetrains to choose from. The stock drivetrain is a SRAM Dual Drive.

People love this system, one of the advantages is you can shift the

internal three speed hub while not moving. The SRAM Dual Drive Hub has

three internal gears and eight external gears for a total of twenty

four. Having the SRAM Dual Drive on your trike really cleans up the

looks of the front of the trike. With the SRAM Dual Drive there is no

need for a triple crank or front derailleur. The Second most popular

drivetrain is the 27 speed Shimano XT rear derailleur with the Shimano

Dura-Ace bar end shifters and Truvative triple crank. Third, is the Go

Swissdrive electric motor kit that comes with a Shimano XT Drive Train

and Bar End Shifters. For people wanting the most reliable and

maintenance free drivetrain, the Rohloff 14 speed internal geared hub is

the ticket. All the different drivetrains work well. You just have to

find the best one for your riding style. The Go Swissdrive system is a

500 watt Swiss made motor kit with a 36 Volt Lithium Ion battery. The Go

Swiss system is a pedal assisted system capable of reaching speeds of

28 Mph. The Go Swiss drive system has five power mode settings. You can

adjust the computer to give you exactly as much power as you need.

Brakes: HP Velotechnik chose my favorite mechanical

disc brake system the Avid BB7. The Avid BB7 stopped the trike

consistently and had no brake rub. I have no issue with the mechanical

brakes and I am a big Avid fan. They are simple, reliable and easy to

adjust. A super convenient feature of the Avid mechanical brakes are

that each brake pad can be adjusted independently so you can realdy dial

in your brake adjustment. Other brake options are Shimano Hydraulic,

and Tektro Hydraulic. HP Velotechnik can also couple both brakes, to one

brake lever for people with special needs.

Seat: Lot of seat options as well on the Scorpion FS

26. The most popular is Ergo Mesh High. The Ergo Mesh seat is breathable

and comfortable. Thir seats are the Ergo Mesh High extra wide, Ergo

Mesh low and Ergo Mesh low extra wide. HP Velotechnik also makes a seat

called the Body Link seat. The Body link seat is a low seat made out of a

rigid fiberglass with a foam pad or Air Mesh pad fixed to it. The seat

angle on the Scorpion FS 26 can be adjusted easily form 32 – 41 degrees.

On the Ergo Mesh seat there is extra padding on the sides of the seat.

This side padding not only gives extra comfort, but also helps hold the

rider in the seat better. I personally prefer the fit of the Ergo Mesh

seat. I felt the Ergo Mesh seat was very comfortable and was contoured

to fit my back nicely. Seat height is as follows: Ergo Mesh High 40 CM,

Ergo Mesh Low 32 CM, Body Link 29 CM.

Ride: ”Oh” this is where the Scorpion FS 26 really

shines. After riding the Scorpion FS 26 it is easy to see why the

Scorpion FS 26 has won trike of the year. With a rear wheel travel of 8

CM and 6 CM in the front, bumps just seem to disappear. I will go so far

as to say this is the most comfortable riding trike that I have ever

ridden. The Handling on the Scorpion FS 26 was exceptional. HP

Velotechnik prefers indirect steering and so do I, the steering is

light, predictable and everything I could have hoped it could be. The

rear suspension just did such a good job at absorbing the road shock.

The simple coil spring design worked very nicely on our test trike. HP

Velotechnik also offers a Rock Shox Monarch air shock which is a nice

upgrade. The Air shock can be tuned easily to your personal taste and

rider weight. The Scorpion comes with Schwalbe Tryker front tires, which

have a very good roll and still offer a good amount of flat tire

resistance and comfort.

Accessories: Hp Velotechnik offers the Scorpion FS 26 with a multitude

of options that is so large, it is mind blowing. The most popular

accessories are rear rack, neck rest, B and M mirrors, water bottles,

and mudguards. Other popular accessories are safety flags and front and

rear lights.

In Conclusions: If you want a trike that floats over bumps, top drawer quality and fantastic handling you have found it.

Pros: Quality, attention to detail, soft comfortable ride, and just perfect handling.

Cons: A tiny bit heavier than other trikes at 40 lbs.,

rear rack will not accept a rack top bag, four weeks to get one made and

shipped from Germany.New updated 2016 review coming soon

Reviewed by Adulttricyclereview.com

Overall Customer Rating of 4 Reviews:

John

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<p>I got my Scorpion FS 26 on 2-23-16 rode 4 miles that day. Now on 4-1-16 I have 332 miles. I ride from 20 to 50 miles about every day & it is the greatest trike or bike I have rode. I want to over 4000 this year. I love it. GREAT COOL p.s. I have rode it in the snow on 2-28-16.</p>

Kentwood Michigan

My Hp Velotechnik Trike

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<p>I have been a triker for many years and ride quite often with my friend who are also trikes. I have had my Hp Velotechnik Gekko FS 26 for two years. I have read the previous reviews and have to say they are right on the money. For my recommendation words do not do this trike justice, you just have to ride one to believe the ride can be this good.</p>

Troy Michigan

Suspension is the way to go!

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<p>Purchased my Hp Velotechnik Scorpion FS three years ago and I have over ten thousand miles on the trike. I am retired and spend summers in Michigan and winters in Florida. The trike has performed perfectly with no problems what so ever. I have gone through a couple sets of tires and a couple of inter tubes but that can be expected with all the miles I have ridden. I have upgraded the tires to the Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires and have not had a flat tire since. I have also added a flashing rear light to make me more visible during the day and a safety flag. I have also added a pair of the B & M mirrors and a rear rack so I can attach my two Pannier Bags. I really love the suspension the trike has, it really does a very good job at smoothing out the bumps. Some of my riding friends have purchased some high end rigid trike and I hear them complain sometimes about the bumps. I have been really happy with my trike and recommend this to people who are considering purchasing a recumbent trike.</p>

Ann Arbor Michigan

Quest for the perfect trike

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<p>So this has been a three year quest for the perfect trike. When I first started looking at trike I saw ICE, Hp Velotechnik, Catrike, Terrtrike and some others. I originally thought some of these brands were outrageous with their pricing. I purchased a Terratrike Rambler, I originally thought I wanted to site up real straight and there was no reason to have your seat laid back so far. I also thought that by having the seat siting up so straight it would be easier on my neck and I would not need a neck rest. The Rambler was a fine trike but I quickly out grew it, I simply wanted to go faster and farther. After four months with the Rambler I sold it and purchased a Catrike Expedition. The Expedition was noticeably faster than the Rambler. The Expedition was also lighter and came with a higher level of components than the Rambler . I had my Expedition for about a year, and kept thinking about those ICE and HP Velotechnik trikes with suspension. I really felt there was a big difference in performance form the Rambler to the Expedition and could not stop thinking about how much better the ride might be on a trike with a front and rear suspension. I knew from the start that ICE and Hp Velotechnik made suspension trikes but I thought they was no way I would ever pay that much for a trike. I went to our local ICE/Hp Velotechnik dealer and rode both trike, wow what a difference. After three months of not being able to get those suspended trike out of my head I went back to the store and rode both trike again. Wow just and awesome rides just so much more comfortable than my Expedition. So now it fall, I went back and rode both suspended trikes again. After saving up my pennies I placed my order for the Hp Velotechnik Scorpion FS 26 and added a few accessories. My trike arrived in March and it is still just too cold for me to ride out side. The trike sat in my garage for just ready for the first warm day and when that day came I was off. What a wonderful ride, the Scorpion is like riding on a cloud compared to my Expedition. I have had my Scorpion FS 26 for eleven months and just love it, I think I finally found the perfect trike. I would also like to say that the help I received from the people at Industrialbicycles has been fantastic. They were very patient with me and helped with my buying decision.</p>