Eurobike 2013 recumbents

Supine machines from Hpvelotechnik, ICE and Catrike

by TR McGowran   August 29, 2013  

Big Dave is usually our man who covers the mysterious world of the recumbent, but he isn't here, he is back in Blighty nursing his knackered back so I am looking at them this year and would like a little help from you in what you would like to see in more detail.

The level of engineering we're seeing here is high. Double wish bone suspension, disc brakes and composite components are common amongst these supine machines.

Hpvelotechnik had an electric assisted version of their Scorpion trike with full suspension and some chunky tyres and looked like it would be a lot of fun on asphalt roads and dirt tracks. I'll get the full specs and hopefully a go in it later.

Ice had a cool display of trikes for different disciplines, abilities and budgets. Their race model weighed only 12kg and had a host of new features and upgrades like the adjustable, detachable, lightweight carbon fibre seat, hydro formed rear end and one-piece handle bars. We will have a video to show you of all the features and technology that has gone in to this buggy and what it is capable of.

Now, I'm not sure what category this falls into but it is one of those things that is proper clever and I really, really want one. It is a long john cargo carrier with low riders capable of hauling a crate of beer on each side and a few more crates on the front pallet. Remove the front pallet and replace it with a seat and you can take you buddy for a tandem ride. Genius! Worthy of a Eurobike award.

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Err..almost Wink - the manufacturer's Hpvelotechnik, and the model's a Scorpion, but unless you know what you're looking at it's probably not obvious from the decals on the frame.

Mebbe 'cargo bike' is close enough ? - it's the usual term, at least.

Good to see some 'bent coverage on here, BTW Smile

posted by JonD [209 posts]
29th August 2013 - 16:07

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This was the page I was waiting for, cheers.

Not much has changed in the recumbent world then Big Grin

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posted by Gkam84 [9038 posts]
29th August 2013 - 16:13

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The bottom one is a standard Hase Pino but with an optional crate where the stoker usually goes. So good stuff but only an incremental development rather than something fabulously new.

As for what I'd like to see on 'bents, touring bikes (as opposed to trikes), 'cause that's what I ride.

Pete Clinch
often seen riding a bike around Dundee...

posted by pjclinch [73 posts]
29th August 2013 - 17:23

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I love the Hase bike!

But the real question: is 'beer carrier' the new 'gravel bike'? Devil

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posted by Ghedebrav [1101 posts]
29th August 2013 - 17:45

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I'll never buy a bike/trike from any manufacturer who thinks mounting brake levers like that is acceptable.

posted by Ham-planet [103 posts]
30th August 2013 - 3:25

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Thanks JonD, I have corrected the copy now.

It's all about the size of your cog.

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posted by TR McGowran [97 posts]
30th August 2013 - 7:26

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This Hase Pino doesn't just have a crate where the stoker sits, they're also trying to show off their new cargo rack that's under the stoker's seat. As well as being able to carry more beer, Hase also now sell a custom bag that fits on the new rack and fills the entire area - it's WAY bigger than any pair of panniers.

posted by ChrisW [6 posts]
1st September 2013 - 20:54

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