Our History

Company history

The story of how Marec Hase went from youth award winner to the owner of a specialized bike company with over 80 employees can be found here. In a timeline with the most important and surprising events in the history of HASE BIKES.

 
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More space, fewer cars

2021

Groundbreaking ceremony: Because we are still growing, a fourth new building is being constructed. It will soon house all production processes. Also in Waltrop: the “PINO Car Swap” challenge. HASE BIKES lends PINO STEPS tandems to five Waltrop families for three weeks – in exchange for their car keys.

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The best PINO since PINO

2020

With its adjustable wheelbase, the cargo tandem becomes even more adaptable and an even better alternative to car use. There are now 53 employees and 17 trainees, helping to satisfy the ever-growing demand for bikes and trikes.

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Life in Lockdown

2020

As cyclists, we are used to headwind and don’t let the pandemic slow us down. Thanks to the numerous pre-orders and our large inventory, HASE BIKES is able to continue its production without having to reduce its employees’ working hours. Of course, with new hygiene concepts, special work shifts, and several employees working from home. The annual Dealer Workshop in November is held online via Zoom for the first time, and we make a video congratulating our favorite regional trade fair, the “SPEZI” in Germersheim on its 25th anniversary, after it is forced to cancel, like all other large events.

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25 years of HASE BIKES

2019

Unbelievable: a quarter century of HASE BIKES! We celebrate by building our own BEEST, which is used for delightfully spine-chilling performances at trade fairs and other events and celebrations, including the Eurobike, where the new TRETS with under-seat steering is presented for the first time. 

We continue to grow

2018

The company grows and grows … and grows: now with 46 employees and 13 trainees.

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New modular models

2017

The extremely versatile and affordable models TRIGO and TRIGO UP are launched. They become the first vehicles worldwide to receive official approval for retrofitting the Shimano Steps motor system.

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Red Dot Best of the Best

2015

Our offroad trike, the KETTWIESEL CROSS, earns the Red Dot Design Award “Best of the Best.” And because everything is going so well, a further warehouse building is constructed on the grounds of the Zeche Waltrop.

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Red Dot

2014

The PINO PORTER – our first tandem with cargo-bike features – earns the Red Dot Design Award. Showing how attractive cargo can be!

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"IF" and "Red Dot"

2011

The KLIMAX 2K is showered in awards: the “IF Gold Award” and “Red Dot Design Award” for the unique design.

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Eurobike Green Award

2010

At Germany’s largest bicycle trade fair, we earn recognition for our pioneering work in the area of “green mobility” – for our all-weather KLIMAX 2K trike. A huge surprise for us, as this award is not given out every year.

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New (last) name

2010

Hase Spezialräder becomes HASE BIKES. Sounds as international as we have become!

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New building

2008

New beside old: Running out of space, HASE BIKES builds a new hall made of steel, concrete, wood, and glass, across from the historically protected colliery building.

Vestischer Unternehmerpreis

2007

HASE BIKES – now with 23 employees, 7 trainees, and dealers in 21 countries – is proud to receive a local business award for outstandig performance in the large district of Recklinghausen, also known as "Vest". 

Night of industrial culture

2006

Oh, what a night: “Extraschicht” at the Zeche! HASE BIKES goes all out to celebrate the industrial heritage of the German Ruhr district. A total of 7,000 visitors join our festivities.

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Extraschicht

2005

The “Extraschicht – Night of Industrial Culture” is one of the region’s most exciting events. HASE BIKES takes part for the first time in 2005.

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10 years of HASE BIKES

2004

We celebrate our first double-digit anniversary – and the constantly growing sales figures – with our 16 employees. The exclusive “Titan/Race” series is launched in the same year.

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World record in Waltrop

2003

Serpent on wheels: A total of 62 KETTWIESELs hitched together earn an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records – with the help of countless HASE BIKES fans!

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From Waltrop to Vegas

2002

The desert is alive: A HASE BIKES delegation travels to the Interbike in Las Vegas. We are mesmerized by the madness of the city and the stillness of the desert.

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Trailer for Kids

2002

Pedaling as a family, with a child trailer for the PINO: We add an innovative children’s trailer, the TRETS, to our assortment of accessories.

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HASE BIKES moves to "Zeche Waltrop"

2001

A dream comes true: The company, together with EFBE, moves to the historical grounds of a former coalmine. Bikes and trikes are built on the ground floor of the former colliery building, while the Hase family moves into the rooms under the roof. A tandem show takes place in the first year.

Search for a new home

2000

Cramped conditions in the garage … The search for a new company headquarters with more space for production, storage, and a growing staff gathers momentum.

First exports to the US

1999

Go west: The first HASE models are shipped across the Atlantic. We present our bikes and trikes to a large audience at the trade fair in Seattle.

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The company grows

1998

The four-year-old company has since hired its fifth employee and begun selling its trikes and tandems throughout Europe.

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New model: the two-wheeled TAGUN

1997

A special bike among special bikes: As a long-wheelbase (LWB) model with two wheels, the TAGUN becomes part of our recumbent portfolio for a short period of time. 

New model, new partnership

1995

HASE builds the LEPUS: The model with a higher sitting position enters series production, and the adaptive-cycling segment is expanded. In the same year, HASE BIKES begins its cooperation with the company EFBE Prüftechnik, which offers testing services for leading bicycle manufacturers.

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Company founded

1994

From award-winning engineer to entrepreneur: Marec Hase founds the company HASE-Spezialräder in Bochum. In the garage behind his parents’ home, he and his first employee, Igor Pawiltchenko, begin building their first two models: a full-suspension recumbent trike and a semi-recumbent tandem.

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Jugend forscht – Part 3

1992

Being there is everything: Marec Hase enters the “Jugend Forscht” competition with a vehicle consisting of two recumbents side-by-side.

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Jugend forscht – Part 2

1990

Endless ideas: for example, for a foldable recumbent. Which is how Marec Hase wins 2nd prize at “Jugend Forscht.”

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Jugend forscht – Part 1

1989

At the age of 17, Marec Hase wins 1st Prize at the state youth science and technology competition “Jugend Forscht.” His entry: a tandem trike that he built himself.

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