The Hp Velotechnik Gekko Fx 20 Recumbent Trikes attention to detail is
fantastic and is really fun to ride. The Gekko FX 20 has a very tight
turning radius, responsive steering, and good behavior on descents. It
feels glued to the ground on fast curves and give the rider a feel of
confidence and safety. Getting in and out of the seat is simplified by
a higher (13 2/3" 35mm) seat height the swept-back cross members of the
frame, allowing riders to get their feet well under them. The Gekko FX
tips the scale to only 15.8Kg thanks to its aluminum frame. Those
interested in electric assist will be pleased to see that HP Velotechnik
offers a BionX system that they can build right in to the trike before
shipping, and the system in no way interferes with the fold!
The Gekko FX folds so simply, with just two quick-release levers, and,
more importantly, that you do not have to remove the seat. The Gekko FX
folds fastest than any trike on the market so you can easily take it
with you. The seat simply folds down using a hinge where the seat back
meets the seat pan and the back half of the frame simply folds under the
front oft the trike without removing any of your accessories.
Folded size 83x52x82mm
The right setup for all recument enthusiasts who are budget oriented without compromising the overall riding performance
You are aiming for the long haul and like to go out for epic rides on a regular base – this will be your perfect match!
Sram X4 rear, Microshift front
Sram GX rear, Microshift front
Sram PG-820, 8 speed, DuraBlast sprockets
Sram PG-1030, 10 speed, steel lock ring, heat treated steel cogs with aluminum spider, durable nickel chrome finish
Sram X4 twist shifters
Sram TT-500 barend shifters
KMC Z8 medium rust protection, stretch proof
KMC X10 EL excellent rust protection, extra stretch proof, lightweight
Shimano FC-TY 501 triple steel chain rings
Durabi 400 triple aluminum chain rings
Shimano BR-M 315 hydraulic disc brakes with 160 mm rotor
Shimano BR-M 315 hydraulic disc brakes with 160 mm rotor
HP Sport with thru-axle
HP Performance with one key release quick mount
Schwalbe Road Cruiser 47 mm, Kevlar reinforced for puncture protection, well-balanced rolling and durability chararacteristics
Schwalbe Tryker 40 mm, low rolling resistance, precise steering
Schwalbe Road Cruiser 47 mm (20" and 26" models)
20" model: Schwalbe Tryker 40 mm,
26" model: Schwalbe Marathon Racer 40 mm, good puncture protection and grip, low rolling resistance
VP-893, one-piece black polypropylene body and cage, boron steel axle, ball bearings
VP-199A, aluminum body and cage, CNC Cr-Mo axle, ball bearings
Reviewed by Adulttricyclereview.com
Hp Velotechnik Gekko FX 20, Gekko FX 26 Posted on June 2, 2020
The Hp Velotechnik Gekko FX 20 and Gekko FX 26 are non suspended
aluminum folding trikes. Hp Velotechnik claims the trike can be folded
as fast as 7-8 seconds but as fast as I could do it, is ten seconds. I
know what you’re thinking, my wife thinks I should be able to get jobs
completed around the house faster than they happen, just like folding
this trike. I guess I am about two seconds off the back on more than
one thing in life. There are two ways to get a Gekko from Hp
Velotechnik. You can get a highly customized Gekko FX 20 or Gekko FX 26
from Germany or the same trike in the USA but with only a few options.
The Gekko from Germany will cost you a bit more but you can get it the
way you like.
The frame on the Hp Velotechnik Gekko’s are beautifully constructed.
The TIG welding on the Aluminum frame is consistent and smooth; I found
no gaps in the welding or imperfections. I would say it is as perfect
as it gets. The hinge is very solid and well made; we got zero flex out
of the hinge in our testing. The Gekko FX 20 and Gekko FX 26 both have
a flat fold design. The seat does not have to be removed like other
trikes on the market. The rear of the trike folds uniquely under the
trike rather than on top of the trike, like most brands.
The paint was very nice. It was applied evenly and consistently with no
thin spots or runs and looked to be very generously applied. The paint
looked to be a candy apple paint job, where you are looking through
the red or blue into the silver primer below. The paint job looked to
be very high quality and should last the life of the trike.
The Gekko FX 20 and Gekko FX 26 comes with a SRAM X4/X5 twenty four
speed drive train and grip type shifters. The stock 24 speed drive train
gives most riders enough gears to conquer just about any hill they can
find. Hp Velotechnik chose a Truvativ ISOflow alloy crank 170 mm long
with 52/42/30 chain rings and a sealed Truvativ bottom bracket.
The brakes are Shimano Hydraulic disc brakes which do an excellent job
in stopping the trike. Not only does the Shimano brakes work very well,
but the brake pads are readily available at most bike shops. Most
people add the remote parking brake which is very easy to use. If you
are very weigh conscious you can use a small piece of Velcro and wrap
it around the handle bar and brake lever.
Seat: The bottom of the seat is in a fixed position
with a reciprocated breathable foam pad for extra comfort. The seat
back mesh is very breathable; the seat back angle can be adjusted from
33-42 degrees. The extra side padding on the seat mesh not only gives
extra conform but also helps hold the rider in the seat better. I liked
the extra padding on the seat fabric and the straps to hold the seat
fabric to the seat frame were easily adjustable. The breathable mesh
seat fabric can accommodated people up to 287 Lbs. Hp Velotechnik has
now come up with a seat angle adjustable bracket for the Gekko allowing
the rider to increase the seat angle all the way up to 51 degrees.
Ride: The ride, well, if I had to use one word, it
would be awesome or maybe comfortable or maybe spirited, or maybe fun,
or maybe I just could not decide which word to use. The Gekko FX 20 and
Gekko FX 26 handling is just perfect, back to that one word again. As
for the ride between the Gekko FX 20 and Gekko FX 26, I would say
close. The Gekko FX 26 has a slightly smoother ride due to the larger
26 inch rear wheel. The 26 inch rear wheel will also give you a higher
range on all your gears but you have to decide which is the best choice
for you, 20 or 26 inch. As for the Gekko FX 20, the 20 inch rear
wheels advantages can be that it will be easier to climb a very steep
hill due to the lower gear ratio. Other advantages are the Gekko FX 20
fold smaller, is a bit lighter, and the 20 inch rear wheel will be
stronger that a 26 inch rear wheel. With a seat height of 35 cm the
Gekko FX has a slightly higher seat height than the ICE Sprint,
which is 20 cm and the TW-Bents Artifice, which is 29cm. The Gekko’s
come with Schwalbe tires, which have a very good roll and still offer a
good amount of flat tire resistance and comfort.
There are lots of options available for the Gekko Trikes. The most
popular accessories are rear rack, neck rest, B and M mirrors, and
mudguards. Other popular accessories are safety flags, front and rear
lights, and motor kits.
In Conclusions: If you want a trike without a suspension, simply you can not go wrong with either one of the Gekko FX 20 or Gekko FX 26.
Pros: Quality, attention to detail and just perfect handling, only 34.8 Lbs.
Some people may find the folding under of the rear wheel more difficult
to fold than trikes like the ICE Sprint or TW-Bents Artifice.
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