Posted on: April 14, 2011
naffrider said on April 14, 2011
petefromearth said on April 14, 2011
look like a great company to work for
lovell said on April 14, 2011
great article,great kit, nice to see behind the scenes.
neil853 said on April 15, 2011
Will the new cassette fit a std Pro II hub????? or will they just fit the evo?
DaveyBoyWonder said on April 15, 2011
Will fit the standard with a new axle and adaptor or something.
Looks like an awesome place to work. Need an IT person? General stuff but specialising in automated software distribution and batch automation?? 😉
xiphon said on April 15, 2011
Interesting peek behind the scenes of Hope…
buzz-lightyear said on April 15, 2011
Very enjoyable little picture-story. Kinda wishing I’d saved up for Hope Hoops now.
Yorkshire_Lad said on April 15, 2011
Great article and I really admire A company like Hope. I just wish they could sort there brakes out. Come I, mean honestly they are seriously behind in the part of technology.
WackoAK said on April 15, 2011
“I just wish they could sort there brakes out. Come I, mean honestly they are seriously behind in the part of technology.”
Eh? 5 of us who ride regulary all have Hope Brakes, no issues what so ever.
geetee1972 said on April 15, 2011
Hope brakes are just not as good as the competition. Simple as really. It’s not that they don’t work, they just don’t work as well, they are heavier and have less stopping power.
As for that ‘integrated cassette’ can someone explain how that is not just a step back 20 years when we used to run ‘blocks’ that screwed onto the rear hub? I’m all in favour of reviving an old design if new technology and approaches can make it work better than what is available now but it doesn’t look like Hope are inventing something new.
balfa said on April 15, 2011
Heavy? How many brakes are heavier than the Race X2 261g for a full 140mm rotor setup!
As for power they might not be the most powerful out there but Hope brakes often don’t feel powerful as they are not bitey. The thing I like about Hope brakes though is the serviceability and maintainability of them. They are way ahead of the game on this. Yes you can have your slightly more powerful shimano brake that lasts a couple of years but it will get scraped as you can’t get spares for it! Good design is not all about performance! My current hopes are over 8 years old now and still work as good as the day they were new. Maybe I’m just a skinflint but disposable products piss me off.
carbon337 said on April 15, 2011
Id pay for a tour round there – they should put in a bar and it would be like a Gentlemens Club.
singletrackjon said on April 15, 2011
They do have a bar in there 😉
The integrated freehub/cassette means you can have a much smaller gear than with a normal setup – down to a 9T. That means you can then run a single ring up front and, with a big 36T sprocket at the back, have a gear range that’s not far off a double setup.
WackoAK Have you actually tried Saints? Don’t get me wrong
Hope brakes are a thing of beauty, but they don’t stop you like shimano.
speaker2animals said on April 15, 2011
My thoughts are – bugger misery guts billionaire Sugar and his mates on Dragon’s Den. This company should be studied/visited by every school child at the age of 12/13 to show them that actually there is still a place in this country for manufacturing (and Brooks should be included too, even though they are now part of an international conglomerate). Perhaps for his next TV series Guy Martin should visit Hope and Brooks to show the country/world, that British Industry isn’t just about the past and restoring it, but that hard work, clear thinking and guts can mean that UK manufacturing can live (to a degree) again.
All the best to the owners and staff of Hope you are an example to us all.
Thinking about it, we’ve got shitloads of Hope kit in our our house, on 5 bikes… brakes, hubs, headsets, seat clamps, the odd stem…
FraserCook said on April 15, 2011
Good uplfifting article, great company that makes good kit. Odd that an article essentailly about machineing bike parts is uplifting
Yorkshire_Lad – I have Formula The One and Hope V2, not tried saints but doubt they are better than the formula which in turn is only slightly better than the V2.
Sanny said on April 15, 2011
I for one will happily be ordering the cross disc set up. I had the joys of original Hope Mono M4s melting in the Alps but given Hope’s well deserved reputation for customer service, I’ll be parting with my cash.
enfht said on April 15, 2011
I saw EDM during a tour of the old Benetton F1 factory – very impressive stuff indeed
woody74 said on April 15, 2011
Brilliant to see a UK company doing so well especially in these hard times. Good on you Hope…
kimbers said on April 15, 2011
hope are awesome
so glad theyre british too
cheshirecat said on April 15, 2011
Makes me very happy to have bought Hope hubs.
Smarty said on April 15, 2011
Makes me even happeir to be part of the team, shame about the terrible picture of me though 🙁
Barelyincontrol said on April 15, 2011
I’ve bought Hope stuff in the past and having experienced their customer service which is without doubt the best I have experienced anywhere, I now buy it because it works great and I trust it. And should something go wrong (that wasn’t my stupid fault!) I know that help isn’t far away. Keep on guys!
chakaping said on April 15, 2011
very enjoyable article, thanks ST people
GEDA said on April 15, 2011
I really like that hope parts are a totally different business model to anybody else. I might be wrong but most other companies are selling a product with inbuilt redundancy through parts that will break and are nearly impossible to replace. Hope though making something where most of the parts are replaceable and serviceable quite simply at home usually or they often refurbish in the factory. How cool is that and pees on anything that most other parts manufacturers offer from a great height.
backhander said on April 15, 2011
Brilliant. I wants those pedals. GIVE ME A PAIR!
captain_bastard said on April 16, 2011
really interesting artical, great to see everything being made in house, speaks volumes about their ethics, ie not spreadsheet designing.
have always had hope stuff on my bikes because i trust it, but must admit, i use the big S brakes ;o)
oh, and put me down for those pedals!
Herman Shake said on April 18, 2011
As with many other STWers, I love attention to detail. This was great and added a lot of character to a revered name in mtb. I’m even more excited about my new Hoop (on it’s way in the post!). I feel my bike may develop a Hope infection soon…
Lovely cranks too!
EccentricEllis said on April 18, 2011
Neil looks well happy in all the pics with him in.
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