A couple of new things from Hope were in evidence at Core this year, and both of them were extremely interesting…
Hope’s cassette has been in development for a while. It’ll be available in three flavours, 10-44, 10-40 and a DH setup. The higher seven gears are machined from steel billet, and the lower four gears are machined from aluminium and then hard anodized.
It sits on Hope hubs using a special shortened freehub body. You can buy new hubs with the shorter freehub on for the same price, or you can retrofit a shorter freehub to existing Hope Pro4 and Pro2 Evo hubs. It’ll cost you £175 as a standalone, or a cassette and freehub will cost £225. The DH cassette will cost £150. Availability is the end of April.
A complete departure for Hope, this – they’ve never really focussed on carbon before, but here’s Hope’s new carbon seatpost!
Four years in development, it’s light – the 27.2 post weighs in at 195g in a 350mm length (other diameters are available), and it uses 24 pieces in manufacture. So it’s a pretty labour intensive thing to make.
Here’s the mould. Interestingly, we’re told that the carbon is woven in the North in old cotton mills, which is pretty cool. The inside of the tube is free from burrs and other imperfections. It’ll be available from £130, and it’ll come with Hope’s standard 12 month warranty.
More details from Hope
If you like what we do - if you like our independence then the best way to support us is by joining us. Every penny of your membership goes back into Singletrack to pay the bills and the wages of the people who work here. No shareholders to pay, just the people who create the content you love to read and watch.