Shimano STEPS 5000 with Nexus DI2 automatic shifting: The carefree solution for long lasting enjoyment is now integrated with the Gekko fx26. The Hostel Shoppe version also incorporates a quick adjust so multiple riders can use it, and we spec our version with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires for the ulitmate in puncture resistance. This version also has short cranks and the boom is cut down for shorter riders 5' 8" and under.
The Gekko fx26 is a nimble, foldable touring trike that goes from compact size to maximum riding pleasure in ten seconds. Treat yourself to luxurious comfort in the recumbent mesh seat and enjoy all the fun that comes from riding on three wheels. With impressively stable road holding, the Gekko fx26 elicits maximum riding pleasure from every bend in the road. Plus, this fun version incorporates eletric assist.
Simple operation is the first priority for the highly integrated Shimano STEPS System. This means that you do not have to think about where or when to shift since the 8 speed electronic Di2 internally geared Nexus hub automatically shifts for you.
The system chooses the most efficient gear depending upon how fast you are riding, how quickly, and how powerfully you are pedaling. This ensures an optimal cadence in hilly terrain and with slower speeds, the motor is protected from overheating. Comfort Plus: The system shifts to a lower gear when stopping and ensures that the perfect gear is selected once you start again. A smooth gear shift is possible since the system removes a bit of power as the gear changes giving a comfortable power transmission. This solution allows you to concentrate on the traffic or take some time to enjoy the panoramic view from the recumbents' seat.
The position of the motor is unconventional for a trike. The bottom bracket is in the front, which is standard by all HP Velotechnik trikes. Up until now, there was no practical method to incorporate a heavy motor in the boom. The high torque and the small chainring would have transmitted to much torque to the frame. STEPS is different: The larger chainring (44T) is perfect for trikes and gives the system a low silhouette which integrates itself nicely to the design. The chainring is covered which allows you to arrive with clean pant legs.
With a range of up to 125 km (77 miles), the STEPS System presents a powerful result of the efficient energy management of the 415 Wh lithium battery. The EC-E5000 charger recharges an empty battery to 80% capacity in just two hours. Removing the battery is as easy as moving it sideways. Replacing it is just as easy with no cables to deal with. Once you have reached your "parking spot", you can even recharge the battery without removing it from the trike.
The simple, contrast-rich, black and white display is easy to read in almost all lighting situations. The lighting switch is ergonomically integrated into the display: If you decide to opt for a battery lighting system (sold separately and by special order), simply press the light button to turn the front and rear lights on.
To find how to measure x-seam, go to our Help Guides
Standard Equipment and Features:
- HP Velotechnik's innovative Dual Flat Fold (D.F.F.) system allows you to fold the Gekko fx with just two quick release levers. With a little practice, you can fold your Gekko fx into a compact size of 42 1/8” x 32 3/4” x 22 7/8” in ten seconds.
- Wide wheel track of 30.75" for great cornering.
- 45" wheelbase for stable road holding at speed.
- 15’ 3" turning radius
- Stiff, lightweight aluminum frame
Recumbent Tricycle Name: HP Velotechnik Gekko fx26 Steps
Frame Construction: Aluminium 7005 T6 heat treated
Rear Derailleur: Shimano chain tensioner
Front Derailleur: n/a
Shift Levers: Shimano DI2 Electric (manual and/or automatic) shifting
Crankset: Shimano Steps 44t 155mm
Bottom Bracket: Shimano Steps 5000
Cassette: Shimano 22t cog
Brake Calipers: Avid BB7
Brake Levers: Promax
Drum Brake: N/A
Front Hub: HP Velotechnik sealed
Rear Hub: Shimano Nexus 8 spd internal
Front Rim: HP Velotechnik AM-1
Rear Rim: HP Velotechnik AM-1
Front Tire: Schwalbe Marathon Plus 20x1.75
Rear Tire: Schwalbe Marathon Plus 26x1.75
Tube Type: Presta
Frame Style: Tadpole
Steering: USS Indirect
BB Height: 43 cm (17" varies)
Gear Range: 27.4” – 84”
Seat Height: 35 cm (13 2/3")
Total Weight: 55.4 lbs approximately
Wheelbase: 114 cm (45")
Overall Length (max): 187-219 cm (73.6-86.2")
Overall Width: 83 cm (32 3/4")
Seat Angle: 39–47° adjustable
Weight Limit: 286 lbs
Notes: Riders should call us with their height, weight and X-seam for sizing assistance. Modifications may be needed for shorter or taller riders. For detailed X-seam measuring instructions go to Recumbent Sizing.