HPV Gekko fxS
A great trike for shorter people
Gekko fxs: the trike that grows with your needs.
Shorter people in particular, often had to settle for solutions that were far from ergonomically beneficial for their anatomy – now the Gekko fxs comfortably adapts to their needs!
And now comes the Gekko fxs!
The Gekko fxs stands solidly on three wheels. The crossbar of the reinforced frame connects the two front wheels elegantly while sweeping significantly further rearwards to the seat than on other trikes, enabling an easy access to the vehicle. The rider benefits from the vehicle’s safe road handling, allowing anyone who feels uncertain about riding or people with balance issues to confidently ride and exercise outside.
The versatility of this vehicle is not only that it is an ideal cycle that can grow with a rider as they progress from child to adult. It is HP Velotechnik’s first ever tadpole trike to be aimed at a part of the population that the industry often neglects: very short riders. Previous series models in the special bike segment were commonly designed for rider heights starting around 1,60 m (5’3″). This meant that the non-tipping, ergonomically-optimised vehicles were unsuitable for a significant part especially of the female population – the average height of women in Germany is just under 1,65 m (5’5″)! The Gekko fxs is furthermore a highly adjustable vehicle which adpats to your personal needs thanks to an extensive set of speciality accessories.
As well as the frame being extendible at two different places, the comfortable OrthoFlex mesh seat has been given a dose of growth hormone by our passionate designers. Special care has been given to make this trike ultimately easy to use, have a compact folding size, and to be a perfect match for our comprehensive range of adaptive cycling equipment.
How to make a trike grow
The Gekko fxs is based on the company’s tried-and-tested design with its two characteristic front wheels. This design technique, referred to as tadpole-design by trike experts, is famed for its riding stability especially when a rider brakes during hard cornering. HP Velotechnik design at its best: The frame is based on a main tube that holds the bottom bracket boom and it ends under the seat, where the folding hinge is located: On the Gekko fxs, both parts can now be extended while keeping the rider’s center of gravity at the ideal spot; previously it was only possible to extend the front boom. This leads to the extraordinary adaptability of this impressively stable vehicle.
The vario-elements are extremely easy to use and their function on the magma-red trike is highlighted through the use of colour. Simply open the blue quick release lever and the components can instantly be extended or contracted.
For the HP Velotechnik’s expert engineers, the topic of perfect ergonomic fit in no way ends with the frame. The highly versatile OrthoFlex base length can be infinitely adjusted together with the rear frame within a range of 7 cm (2.7″). The seat angle can also be adjusted to between 48 and 64 degrees. This is noticeably more upright than on the Gekko fxs’s more sporty cousins.
Our dedicated engineers regard flexibility as particularly important especially at ‘contact points’: if riders are uncomfortable, as upright cyclists often experience with saddles, sore wrists or a stiff neck, they won’t use the cycle. With the Gekko fxs the ride offers full comfort.
The Gekko FXS starts as an 8 Speed IGH but can be stretched out to a triple shift (3 x 9) or even be fitted up with a Fohloff 14 Speed Internal Geared Hub. This trike might look meek and mild with a young person sitting in the seat but it can be a real hand full should the need arise.
A unique feature of the OrthoFlex seat: With eight individually adjustable padding sections, almost anybody’s back and almost any spine size can be precisely supported! Providing ergonomic back and lateral support has never been easier than this: The sides of the seat are equipped with special pockets – their openings are clearly marked by blue ribbons. You can arrange the eight individually adjustable padding elements in the pockets according to the rider’s needs. Width adjustments are therefore possible, as are adjustments in the lordotic area (lower lumbar spine). And as your child grows, you can simply re-arrange the padding.
For riders under 1,40 m (4’7″), padding elements can be added in the upper seat back area as a head rest or on the side of the head as an orientation support. Larger riders can install an optional head rest, adjustable in both height and angle. A retention belt is standard. The OrthoFlex seat is equipped with a washable mesh seat and reflex strips for improved visibility at night. You will find a practical pouch in the top of the seat where you can put small items like keys, wallet as well as an optional rain protection cover for the seat.
The positive health benefits of recumbent cycling for the heart, nervous system, joints and muscles will only be achieved if the rider uses their exercise trike with continuous passion. With the Gekko fxs, people can now exercise outside with joy and ease.
If the rider needs extra guidance, HP Velotechnik can install its unique companion bar. It allows an escort to actively control the trike’s steering and brakes as well as to give the rider a little extra push. As the escort walks on the left side next to the rider, communication between the two is always possible.