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Grasshopper fx

The Grasshopper is designed as the perfect intermediate step between the full touring ability of the StreetMachine and the speed and agility of the Speedmachine.

On a first ride, the aims have definitely been met – it’s light enough to lift out of the box one-handed (even with all the options), and more compact than the StreetMachine or Speedmachine.
To ride, it feels very good. After 15 minutes tweaking the boom, handlebars and seat, I found the lowest seat setting seems right for me. On the road, the steering feels faster than the StreetMachine’s, though not quite as responsive (some would say twitchy) as the Speedmachine’s. Luggage capacity is very good – the carriers are closer together than the StreetMachine’s, with the lowrider further back, but four full-size panniers still fit.

First test ride when the Grasshopper was launched

The frame is aluminium to keep the weight down to a very good 13.9kgs for the base bike (including pedals). Full suspension is included of course, for comfort and to improve road-holding with HPV’s own No Squat system.

The Folding:

The Grasshopper fx folds up quickly – with a similar hinge system to the Scorpion fx, it folds in half with the seat removed in about 30  seconds – it’s a very compact package. If underseat bars are fitted, they detach and fit into a holder – overseat bars just fold down and twist. The chain stays inside its chain tubes which fold with the bike, and a neat trick is the folded bike will still stand up on its prop stand.

The Grasshopper is designed for overseat or underseat steering. The overseat option is pivoting, using a very light and solid hinge and stem, while the underseat version pivots under the seat and uses a link rod to the forks.

Practicality hasn’t been forgotten – the twin 20” wheels not only make the whole bike more compact, they also mean that you only need to carry one size of tyre and inner tube. The Grasshopper can handle serious touring as well – it is able to carry up to four panniers with it’s optional rear and mid-mount carriers.

To order, you can specify all the options on the HPVelotechnik Configurator – then enter the configuration number on our Configurator Order Form, and I’ll get things under way. The build time is usually around 4-5 weeks.

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