January 30, 2013
Hope was at Core Bike with a selection of new products that, for the most part, had very little machined aluminium and no hydraulic oil. And, in a surprise move, it was even showing products that weren’t made 100% in Barnoldswick.
Before the ‘Made in Britain’ fans swoon, Hope is the first to admit that, while it makes CNC widgets very, very well, it doesn’t have the knowhow, or tooling for making handlebars (or not ones that would be any good, anyway!). It’s also not the first time that it has outsourced components and expertise. It’s carbon fibre brake levers have been made offshore since their inception. With that topic covered, let’s look at what’s new from Hope Technology.
The Techbar is a light, but strong, downhill and hard trail use riser bar. Available in three rises, it features a beefy 31.8mm centre section that tapers quickly once past the bends so that there’s plenty of room for your controls – especially if you use one of Hope’s Tech levers, which take up inordinate amounts of handlebar real estate.
Hope also showed its new grips. Coming in black or clear, the locking collars are first CNC machined by Hope, then sent to someone else in the UK to have the rubber moulded over the top of them, leaving a locking grip, but without hard collars that some riders can find annoying.
Hope also has a bottom bracket solution for press-fit BB owners. This ‘Press Fit 41’ BB will work with any normal 24mm crank (Shimano, Race Face…) and has two ‘cups’ that thread together. The bearings are integrated into the collar, so that’s your job done.
Hope Hoops are proving more and more popular, all still built in-house. Hope now offers the Stan’s Arch EX rim and will soon be offering a 650B version (once the spokes turn up…)