HP Velotechnik has a new ride for all you recumbent mountain trikers
By Paul Ridden
September 20, 2013
Germany's HP Velotechnik (HPV) is adding a new special edition off road trike to its Scorpion fs range that caters for riders who want to sit back and enjoy the forest scenery from a different perspective, while also promising to serve up enough thrills to keep more aggressive trail-blazers happy. Currently being shown off at Interbike 2013 ahead of an October US release, the Scorpion fs Enduro features chunky tires, full suspension, disc braking and 27 gears.
Nicknamed the Forest Lightning by the company, the Enduro sports a 26-inch rear wheel with a lightweight yet robust Hans Dampf tire from Schwalbe's new Super-Gravity series, and two 20-inch rims at the front for steering, fitted with Jumpin' Jack tires (also from Schwalbe). It features the same 7005 T6 aluminum alloy chassis as the Scorpion fs 26 S-Pedelec announced last year, which folds down to 125 x 83 x 62 cm (49 x 33 x 24 in) for between rides transport in the trunk of the car.
The new rugged member of the Scorpion family boasts full suspension with 200 mm (7.9 in) of travel distributed across all three wheels. The front axle has been designed to prevent a nose dive when applying disc brakes to the front (no rear brake here folks), and each Avid BB7 brake can be individually applied. There's auto-industry technology in the shape of MacPherson struts, and a HP stabilizer system underneath the front axle wishbone is claimed to help with stability when cornering hard.
A combination of a Shimano 9-speed chaindrive and a 3-speed SRAM Dual Drive hub puts 27 gears at the rider's disposal, but a Go SwissDrive 250 W electric motor and 446 Wh battery pack is available as an option for an easier ride up the slopes and faster speeds downhill. A second battery can be added to this setup for increased range.
The Scorpion fs Enduro comes in metallic green with blue accents and will be available from next month for a suggested retail starting price of US$4,790. Like all Scorpion trikes, the new model can be custom configured to user-defined specs using an online tool.
Have a look at the video below to see the kind of adventures you can look forward to with the Scorpion fs Enduro.
Source: HP Velotechnik