Hope has recently stolen most of the internet with news of its new (finally) forged and machined cranks. They were on proud display at Core, but there was more on show too.
Looking back, even to Eurobike 2014, where Hope last showed its cranks to us it’s clear to see that the axle system (which was shown as a polygonal/triangular interface) has been replaced by a much simpler 30mm round axle and splined interface. here you can see the removable spider and the lock ring. The tool is included too.
The Hope Cassette
We first saw Hope’s integral cassette back in 2010 and it’s still never made it into production. Interest seems to be building again within the company as it showed a new, improved prototype. This time, it’s a 10-40 ten speed cassette. The first seven sprockets are steel – machined from one piece of billet (like SRAM does with its XX1 cassettes) and the last three are aluminium. There is a proprietary cassette system that will only work with Hope hubs, but it should make this retrofittable to anyone with a Pro2 EVO hub.
There’s another benefit of the seven-speed steel cassette – it will work on downhill race set-ups.