Core Bike 2016 – Hope Newness

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A couple of new things from Hope were in evidence at Core this year, and both of them were extremely interesting…

Hope Cassette

hope cassette singletrack magazine

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.

hope cassette singletrack magazineIt 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.

Carbon Seatpost

A complete departure for Hope, this – they’ve never really focussed on carbon before, but here’s Hope’s new carbon seatpost!

hope seatpost singletrack magazineFour 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.

hope carbon seatpost singletrack magazineHere’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

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