Contributing Monkie G Monkie
Published on November 20, 2009
There are a lot of emerging electric bikes out there, but most of them match cheap heavy steel frames bikes with equally cheap lead acid battery/ low powered electric motor systems. Yes, they might only cost $500 but believe me, they suck. Okay maybe saying they suck is too strong. They are fine if you are only going a few miles, once in a while. But when it comes to really replacing your car, with a bike, you might want something like the Scorpion FX.
The conveniently foldable touring trike has been designed by HP Velotechnik’s engineers especially with the needs of commuters and touring cyclists in mind. The seat height of the Scorpion fx is noticeably higher and more upright compared to its more sporty fellow Scorpion, offering great outlook and a good view in traffic. The higher seat also allows for an additional lowrider rack behind the seat. Its solid design allows for a safe transport of a pair of front panniers. Together with the robust rear rack, you can thus transport up to 50 kg of luggage in four panniers. For a stable ride, all racks are positioned close to your body and your trike’s center of gravity. Once you are loaded that high, you’ll value our optional 81 speed gear system that will give you your extra low gear when pedaling the really steep challenges.
HP Velotechnik’s plush suspension and adjustable BodyLink seat assure relaxing comfort. The frame’s cross member is bent up and forward to meet the sturdy wheels up front, giving a long wheelbase for safe braking, easy access to the seat and avoiding heel interference for smaller riders. With a seat height of 35 cm, the Scorpion fx’ seat position is 9 cm higher and more upright than the more sporty standard Scorpion.
The optional electric power assist system BionX PL250HT helps you with additional power when riding below 15 miles. The system features 4 levels of power assistance, to give a range of up to 55 miles of assisted cycling. When riding downhill, the energy from braking can be used to recharge the lightweight 36 V Li-Ion-battery. Integrated alarm system. The BionX system can be used in Germany without a driving license.
The Scorpion and BionX come in at around $3000. To see all the options for this bike, checkout, hpvelotechnik.com