August 30, 2013
Hope’s biggest news this year is the new Tech3 lever. While the old Tech lever had its fans, it didn’t play well with all shifters and many riders found it a little greedy on handlebar space. The new Tech3 lever is now left and right-handed and is available with Shimano’s I-Spec and SRAM’s Matchmaker compatible brackets so that your shifters can fit directly to the lever.
The levers also offer more power than before – and the Hope M4 brake now becomes the ‘Enduro4’ brake with more power.
Hope’s hubs will now have a quicker pickup due to 40 internal teeth rather than the old 24. It’s a little quieter and the pickup goes from 15° to 11°.
Hope now offers its bolt-together press-fit BB in more versions – this one is for PF30. They’ll do 24 and 30mm axle compatibility for all.
Hope’s Eternity post now has a one-piece top, rather than the glued on version of before. This’ll be out mid-October.
Lighting-wise, Hope is making a super dinky R1 light with a single LED and lithium battery.
And what’s this, hiding on Hope’s show bike. Hope wouldn’t say anything about it, but it’s definitely a thick-thin chainring for XX1 style setups. No word on production (dates or even a yes/no) but we’ll keep you posted on it.