In launching the completely revamped Scorpion fx touring trike, the recumbent manufacturer, HP Velotechnik, has significantly honed its performance in the field of touring trikes. Findings made by designers during the construction of their electric speed pedelecs have been incorporated in the new chassis. The result in brief: a significantly stiffer frame, better power transmission and a considerably higher load capacity – all with virtually the same weight.
"The key feature of the new Scorpion fx is the use of the space frame technology", explains Daniel Pulvermüller, the recumbent specialist's chief designer. By this, he refers to the way in which the rear end is connected to the main frame and seat.The strikingly shaped space frame structure enables rectilinear chain run through the full-suspension rear end. "This enabled us to significantly reduce the impact forces of
the drive on the overall framework." The result is a 17 percent stiffer chassis, which can now withstand loads of up to 308 pounds instead of 287 pounds.
The front section was also redesigned. The bottom bracket has been raised by five centimetres to enable a noticeably sportier, more efficient pedal movement. The seat position remains virtually unchanged. Compared to other medium height trikes, it guarantees what recumbent cyclists especially value: unrestricted all-round views and a streamlined design. A key factor for globetrotters is also the convenient and safe
storage of large amounts of luggage. The 'Scorpion' carries up to 110 lb; the load can be distributed, for example, over four large rear wheel panniers from Ortlieb. Despite of all these changes, the core features of the series remain unchanged. The trike can still be compactly folded in just a few simple steps without tools, ready to be transported by train or car.
Recumbent Tricycle Name: HP Velotechnik Scorpion fX20
Frame Construction: Aluminum 7005 T6 Heat Treated
Rear Derailleur: SRAM X4
Front Derailleur: N/A
Shift Levers: Twist
Crankset: Sugino 46t
Bottom Bracket: BSA 68mm
Cassette: SRAM 11-34t 8spd
Brake Calipers: Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc
Brake Levers: ProMax w/parking brake
Drum Brake: N/A
Front Hub: HP Velotechnik
Rear Hub: Sturmey Archer 3 Speed
Front Rim: HP Velotechnik (406mm)
Rear Rim: HP Velotechnik (406mm)
Spokes: Stainless Steel
Chain: SRAM PC-830
Front Tire: Schwalbe Tryker 20x1.5" (406mm)
Rear Tire: Schwalbe Tryker 20x1.5" (406mm)
Tube Type: Presta
Frame Style: Tadpole
Steering: USS Indirect
BB Height: 13 3/4"
Gear Range: 18.3 - 105"
Seat Height: 13 3/4" BodyLink, 15" ErgoMesh, 19" ErgoMesh HS Plus
Total Weight: 35 2/3 lbs.
Overall Length: 65 3/4"– 78 3/4"
Overall Width: 32.75"
Seat Angle: Adjustable 46 to 54 degrees
Weight Limit: 308 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.