We know that a lot of people have been waiting for Hope to produce a narrow-wide chainring. The machining is everything we could have wanted from Hope and it doesn't disappoint out on the trail.
|In the last few years, Hope have massively expanded their product range and it's great to see the UK manufacturer flourishing like this, because we have a soft spot for small engineering companies producing bike parts. The Retainer Ring is everything we wanted it to be - the quality of machining looks to be top notch and we love the understated, laser-etched graphics. Out on the trail, it simply works well. During our time with it, we had zero problems with dropped chains and quickly forgot about the chainring completely - which is always a good sign. We reckon that making a 30-tooth option was a good call too, because many riders still seem reluctant to make the jump to one-by drivetrains for fear of not having a low enough climbing gear, but paired with a 40 or 42-tooth cassette extender, we think that most riders should have a wide enough spread of gears to confidently ditch their front derailleurs. - Matt Wragg|
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