Core Bike 2013: Hope Handlebars, Hoops, Grips and PFBBs

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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.

Rather then just pretty graphics, Hope has printed numbers all over them
There are marks to enable you to precisely set up your angles and distances, rather than doing it by eye.
Bars taper sharply once past the double bend, which is 5° up and 7° back.
A full 800mm of tree-smacking width available

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.


Black or white. 30mm diameter

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.

There's a shop tool to install it precisely. The tool weighs more than the BB.

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…)

Hope is also now offering Hope Hoops with the popular Stan's Arch EX rim.



Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (16)

    Thank god they are doing a press fit BB, no more shitmano for me…..

    Hope press fit BB – hallelujah!

    Hallelujah indeed! I need availability dates for all of this!!!

    Add me to the hallelujah chorus. A bottom bracket for the Zesty with a life expectancy better than that of the packed lunch in my back pack. Result.

    Hope press fit bottom bracket – Yey 😉
    Won’t fit into a Commencal Meta AM so I’m still stuck with a Shimano DuraAce – Booo 🙁

    iain1775 why won’t it fit in a Meta AM?

    Usual hope price point expected?

    My press fit BB30 has about a month left on it, two at a push. I WILL have that Hope BB. Anyone know when it’s available ?

    You wont excitable cause it’s bb92 not bb30 😉
    Kuco – needs one without the inner flangey bit because of a frame protrusion into the BB shell

    (I mean the flange the inner tube presses into not the actual centre tube)

    Distance markings, woohooo! Why it’s taken so long for someone to do them god only knows but that’s a bog gold star to Hope.

    iain1775. Yes I will have it cus it turns out I don’t know my BB from my bloody elbow and I have a Sram GXP Press Fit BB92, so should slot into my Zesty like a thing that slots in nicely !

    Distance markings…. what’s wrong a tape measure?
    Rubber over the locking collar…. just use one collar on the inside. My ODI’s have never slipped with just the inner collar fitted (I cut the lugs off the other end).

    Hoops with 26 and 29 Arch EX are on the way to us, 650 is around 4 weeks off.

    Pressfit BB and grips later this month, all being well…

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