Eurobike: Hope’s new XX-beater?

September 3, 2010

Hope produces the world’s lightest (that we know of) rear cassette system for a mountain bike…

Our local neighbourhood engineering folks at Hope Technology has obviously been putting its thinking cap on. It has managed to come out with a new cassette system that saves some significant weight over even the highest end gear. Being hub-makers and all, Hope has done away with the traditional cassette body and just made the cassette a part of the hub itself. There’s no cassette body, the cassette already has pawls and bearings in it and attaches directly to a Hope hub. In ten speed, the big five cogs are ally, the smaller ones will be steel. There are several advantages to this: by not needing a lockring, the outer sprocket can be pretty tiny – down to 9T if you’ve got the legs for it. The biggest sprocket can be pretty big… It’ll fit all Pro3 and the new Pro2 Evo hubs (out in January). The cassette will be out in ‘Spring or so’ according to Hope. It also reckons that, when compared to a Hope hub with SRAM XX cassette, the Hope hub plus cassette version comes in 20g lighter overall. Wow… Let’s hope it wears and shifts as well as it looks.

Looks like a cassette, but it's also part of the hub...
Production ones (unfortunately) won't be green. The gold sprockets will be the steel ones.
Tall teeth and rudimentary shifting ramps might not give Shimano-like shifting, but this is still an early proto.
This one's ten speed, but being Hope, they'll probably make nine too, just because they can.
Now can you see how it works? The cassette will carry the bearings (in the same place as a normal freehub would have them) and has integral pawls so it becomes one with the hub. The bolts are so you can get access to the internal bearings.

Other Hope goodies include some new Hope chainrings and a hastily prototyped single ring guide.

Hope only made this because it needed a chain device on its sprocket show bike. Note the new Hope chainrings.

There’s a new Vision rear light with three super bright LEDs. It comes with a rear QR bracket and a ‘Y’ connector to join it on to your existing Vision light system. It’s bright enough to be seen in daylight from 100 yards and is going to be annoying for your mates behind you. The light, bracket and cable will be £99.

It's pricey, but there'll be no 'I didn't see you mate' arguments with it.

Headsets: there are many, many different headsets all of a sudden, but Hope has a solution in the form of a pick ‘n’ mix stand of headset halves, all served individually. There are five tops and five bottoms. Between them Hope reckons it has every modern headset system covered.

Vowel please Carol and one from the top row.

Finally from Hope, there’s some hub news: the Pro2 hub will morph into the Pro2 Evo in January. This will make it more versatile by allowing axle changes – giving you the same front and rear axle options as its Pro3 hubs. So if you want a rear QR or a Maxle, or a 142… or a front 9, 15 or 20mm, it’s just a case of popping some end caps off, rather than replacing an axle.

And finally, finally, Hope is producing its own clothing. It’s actually made by Endura, but has some very Hope touches like magnetic pockets instead of Velcro and some subtle stitching accents. And one more thing – there’s a new Trials brake, based on the Race brake but with a beefed up lever for more positive action. OK, that’s it.

Magnetic pocket closures. Clever lads...

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