Hope Goes from CNC to Own Carbon Production
RIVA DEL GARDA, Italy – Hope is expanding their range with carbon seatposts, drivetrain components and even their own carbon frame. In the past ‘carbon’ was not used in association with Hope, but this has all changed now.
Hope offers two 11-speed cassettes, with range 10-40t and 10-44t. Construction of the cassette is as expected from this company, machined from one piece of steel and one piece of aluminum. Weight of the 10-40t version is 273 grams. Cassette has a unique mounting and fits only on a special freehub that is available for Pro 4 and Pro 2 EVO hubs. Third cassette is for downhill only – it has 7 speeds (10-24t) and is made from single billet of heat treated stainless steel. It also has unique interface with freehub.
Traditional aluminum/CNC company
Carbon seatposts are manufactured in Hope’s own factory, which is a big precedent for this traditional aluminum/CNC company. Hope has been developing and researching carbon for a very long time and has now created a product with high performance and reliability that is indented for everything from road to downhill bikes. Posts are constructed from 24 plies of pre-impregnated carbon, with larger part of unidirectional T700 fibre and some 3K twill woven fibre. Carbon post is equipped with aluminum seat rail clamps. Posts are available in options three options: 27.2mm x 350mm, 30.9mm x 400mm & 31.6mm x 400mm; weight of 27.2mm post is 195 grams.
Sleek carbon main frame
HB 211 is maybe the most interesting recent news from Hope, but it could never become a reality. A carbon frame was in the heads of Hope’s founders for a very long time and after many design drawings and different ideas finally materialized in the shape of sleek carbon main frame and aluminum rear triangle. They produced this frame in own factory in Barnoldswick, after sourcing knowledge from the UK carbon industry. Doing molds and other parts in-house was easy for them. Maybe this enduro frame will one day go to production, you just have to have hope.