Hope Technology Factory – A photo tour

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The factory floor from above...

It's the complete staff of Hope Techology...

A mini museum dominates the entrance area...

Watch your hands...

Freshly purchased test machinery - for testing cranks perhaps?

They fitted in the room with a bit of fettling.

A disk brake dyno...

...action stations.

Temperatures of disk, pad and calliper are measured along with the speed and torque. You can similate an alpine descent using this...

...or just make discs glow red for the camera.

Shiny - but not shiny enough.

Before being anodised, the hubs are hung on these and polished...

..till they look like this.

How? With walnuts, that's how.

Ground up walnuts are eco friendly too.

Other items are polished loose in these tubs.

Anodising - components are hung on hooks...

...then dunked into the anodising tanks.

Electrical current is passed through the work items and through the liquid, priming the surface.

They're then put in temperature controlled batsh of dye to give the desire colour.

If some of this looks home-made...

..it's because it is. Hope created all their anodising baths themselves.

The final touch - laser etching on callipers

Hope Hoops custom wheels are hand finished...

Wheels are laced up by hand before having spokes threaded on...

...it's all about speed as well as efficiency.

Wheels are fed into the machine to be tensioned up.

An unfortunate juxaposition.

The bearing press...

A brew and some bearings.

The many Hoops of Hope

..because all the staff bikes are in here.

Hope Vision LED lights are soldered up in house...

The brains.

That grey bulb housing is made by the design team's 3D printer...

Green goodness.

Individual CNC machined components are hand assembled

Someone with taste.

The tool for stripping hydraulic hose before barbs are fitted - made in house, again.

This makes bleeding brakes very easy...

..open spanner, wait until they are no bubbles, job done.

Mono calliper stands out from the crowd

Leverage.

Carbon fibre lever blades

Where billet is turned into dreams...

The fastest workbench ever - actually for testing warranty returns...

Hope's customer service has always been excellent...

A pin-up...

..and a different kind of pin-up bird.

Nice to see others suffer from 'riding cheeks'

We're not sure what this is.

Hope's new integrated cassette and freehub being ground into submission on a staff bike...

...as is their prototype crankset and chain device.

Corridors of power

From paper to prototype to reality. A new Mini M4...

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