Singletrack Issue 126 | Hope’s Helping Hand

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How one engineering student’s idea became a reality thanks to Hope Technology.

Words & Photography Chipps

Maxime Lallemand loves riding bikes in the French mountains. He loves racing enduros, and blasting down mountains flat out. The only trouble is, he’s always had a bit of a weak grip on one hand. Not enough to stop him from hanging on, but enough to make constant hauling on the brakes an issue on long descents.

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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 (6)

    BRILLIANT, nurturing young talent can only mean a brighter future for all cyclists no matter what obstacles life throws at us.

    what a brilliant story, thanks for writing that one up

    Hope must know this project is so low volume there is no way it will turn a profit and yet they did it anyway. Bloody good effort I reckon and I hope they can get some products out there. I think more of you as a company for doing this sort of work. Well done.

    Brilliant effort by everyone involved – well done.
    I’ve just emailed Dan Joyce, editor of Cycling UK’s magazine – there’s a host of their members that will benefit from this

    Low volume sales on this kind of thing, but in comparison to say Shimano or SRAM, Hope are low volume.
    They might be able to make this work.
    And for both them and riders who might benefit, I hope they do.

    (Apologies, I can’t get the pun out of that sentence. I would if I could)

    Brilliant problem solving and supporting a dedicated young person. Great stuff Hope and Maxime.

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