UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. I will only be stocking the non-folding Gekko 26 with 330 lb weight capacity.
Along with AZUB from CZ, HP Velotechnik trikes from Germany represent the upper echelon of recumbent technology. My main focus with HP Velo is to carry the US Edition Gekkos. These sporty trikes come in several rich powder coated colors, have high quality SRAM drivetrains for durability and easy shifting, come in folding or non-folding configurations for convenience or savings, and have weight capacity's from 286lbs to 330lbs! With careful component selection, and a novel departure from their normal distribution channels, HP Velo has created a unique business philosophy whereby the consumer benefits greatly from American based warehousing and distribution. The rest of the substantial HP Velotechnik lineup is still shipped from Kriftel, Germany.
HP Velotechnik has such a vast line up and huge amount of accessories, I'm not going to attempt to cover it on my website.
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The Gekko 26'' is a sporty trike with a slightly higher seating position. The seat angle is adjustable to dial in comfort. The 26" rear wheel offers better ride quality at the expense of a slightly larger turning radius. A 26" rear wheel also helps to maintain speed a bit better vs a 20". There are savings to be had since this is a non folding trike, so if maximum portability is not a concern then you'll save about $400.00 vs a Gekko fx 26'' The hefty 330 lb weight capacity opens up the sporty trike segment to larger riders :)
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Price: Gekko 26'' Sport Configuration. $ Call or email
The Gekko fx 20'' is arguably the slickest folding trike on the market. The adjustable seat stays attached to the trike for a very compact fold! For ease of portability its a tough act to follow. The 20'' rear wheel makes for a smaller package vs a 26'' at the expense of a slightly less comfy ride. However it does have a better turning radius, have slightly quicker acceleration, and weighs a bit less... only 35lbs! All HP trikes feature indirect steering which has a very natural feel. The Gekko fx 20'' has a respectable 286lb weight capacity.
The Gekko FX 26'' combines all the great features of the Gekko 26'' plus it folds, however the weight capacity is reduced to 286lbs. Some folks simply prefer the look of a 26'' vs a 20''. Regardless of preference both are a fine machine. My Riding Impressions: One of the nicest steering trikes on the market, quite similar to AZUB, and better than any direct steering trike available. The SRAM *shifters are quite easy to operate and shifting is surprisingly good for a twist grip shifter. The trikes feel nimble & quick, handling is very predictable, and there is no twitchiness to the steering. The seats are quite comfy and not too low, so getting in and out is easy. The gearing on the 26" models is a bit tall for steep hills, but its a quick fix. The fit and finish is impressive, and the powder coat colors are some of the nicest I've seen. Overall I think HP has hit a home run with the new Gekko.