Hope Technology Factory – A photo tour

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A grand reception...

The design studio...

"That's me that is!"

"That's me too!"

Best hide that from the planning officer...

What the building looked like before...

The integrated cassette is coming together - production versions may end up having the larger sprockets made from Ti...

A prototype six speed DH specific cassette..

Magic of 3D printing means ideas can be mocked up and any issues found before production starts

One for the 'cross lot - STI brake lever to hydraulic disk converter. Ian thinks they'll probably mount it on a stem spacer type arrangement with one hose going straight down and one out back.

Rapid prototyping means that components produced out of house can be tested for fit and ease of production before they reach the factory.

That 'cross STI to hydraulic disc convertor - and a little trick of the printer...

Jenn Hopkins - she's only little - or is it a trick of the camera?

A boardroom with a difference.

New factory has social club for all employees...

..with a snooker table. Makes the Singletrack Staff Sofa look a bit poor.

With all the organisation and fresh paint on show, it's nice to know that even Hope have a room like this...

Once used for keeping valuable Daily Mail scratchcards safe from desperate spinsters, now a very secure bike and bits storeroom

A blast from the past. Worth remembering that Hope did Centrelock about a decade before Shimano too...

This is where Ian wants to put a bowling alley. Really.

The variety of shoes sums Hope up..

It's not a Hope article without swarf...

Aluminium bar for lever bodies is extruded in a shape that keeps machining to a minimum.

Hope hub blanks...

All this is recycled - it's too valuable to waste.

Bars are cut up before they go to the machining shop.

Surely not for human food? Ouchy.

Who needs the Far East when you've got the same machines?

A half finished integrated crown and stem setup in the machine...

The machines can take a number of pallets, each containing a different machining job so that work time is maximised...

The machine works each item on five axis and can take 32 pallets of different jobs...

There’s more from the tour on the next page

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