Riding With The Hope Tech Crew

Mar 31, 2014
by Simon Nieborak  
Designed, tested, manufactured… keeping it local.

The UK based Hope Technology are now in their 25th year of making high quality bike components. Co-owners Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp were both high level motor-bike trials riders whilst also working as engineers at Rolls Royce. They wanted brakes for their mountain bikes to match the performance of the discs on their trials bikes…so they made some. Hope just sort of flowed from there as the pair started making other bike parts and the demand for the products grew. That idea of riders making components for riders is still strong within the company today.

Based on the foot of the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District, Hope are provided with some of the best riding terrain in the UK. Factory riders Sam Flanagan and Rachael Walker were joined by local boy Joe Flanagan as we spent a couple of days checking out Hope’s local “testing ground”. Sam and Rachael picked the riding spots for the few days I joined them. Choosing to keep the trails natural, Sam took us around the Borrowdale Bash in the Lake District – the views definitely didn't disappoint. On the second day, Rachael took us a little more local to Hope as we headed up into Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales.

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Lakes' epics are no trail centre - big climb ups are rewarded with even bigger ride downs - Rach, Joe and Sam work their way up the first climb of many climbs round the Borrowdale Bash route

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Punchy and steep climbs a plenty! Make sure you have fresh legs for a lake adventure!

Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Could be hard to get back to after a big night out in Keswick town! Just one of the many elaborate houses around the lakes. The house on Derwentwater is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public only 5 days of the year.

Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Spot the riders!

Hope’s trademark green camouflaging perfectly in the winter colours.

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Stunning views of Keswick and Skiddaw!

Those with a keen eye for trail centres may be able to spot the ever popular Whinlatter...

Riding with Hope Tech crew
As anyone who spends a lot of time in the hills will tell you the weather in these parts is really unpredictable. Therefore packing wisely is essential. Signs of sometimes relentless wind and rain are visible everywhere.

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Sun poking through the clouds for the downs. On a clear day it is tough to beat the stunning lake-land scenery

Riding with Hope Tech crew
  There is nothing like pushing your limits down a decent you don't really know that well. Keeps your riding sharp, but can bite with the first loss of concentration

Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened to Rachael... Damn, shin digs are painful...

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
It can't be classed as a Lakes' epic, if you haven't had to carry the bike at least once!

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Everything from polished, slippy limestone to grippy when-it-wants-to-be slate, can be found on those trails. Just make sure you have a spare tube with you!

All Mountain Published in MBUK 300
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Emotional sunsets are the norm in this part of the world. They can be even more excitatory, if you're just finishing off a big ride

Day 2

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  From the rugged lakes to the wild Yorkshire Dales... The Hope crew aren't short of riding on the doorstep

Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Different scenery - same effort

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  No tyre slashing slate like in the Lakes, but still remember those tubes! It's a long walk home, if you get caught out!

Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Different disciplines, but the same goals

The Flanagan brothers will be tackling the 2014 Enduro World Series, while Rachael Walker is focusing on the UCI Downhill World Cups, this year.

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Designed, tested and manufactured in the UK

This motto sums up what Hope is all about. Hope have got a wealth of riders within the company to test the components, but they use their Factory riders to get feedback on the latest parts. I couldn't help notice a few 3D printed parts on the bikes - take a look at Rachael’s chain device. Sam was also testing a 35mm stem, which Hope are now planning to release in the next few months.

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Standard day in the office for Rachael

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Flanagan train with Penyghent in the background. The distance between these hills gives you a new found respect for the riders of the three peak cyclocross race

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Yorkshire is proud to be called ''God's own country''. Personally, I think that it is impossible to disagree with this statement...

Riding with Hope Tech crew
  Arm pump training doesn't get more real! Another situation where holding on for dear life is the only option

Riding with Hope Tech crew
  This was a long way up, but luckily, it's all downhill from now on...

Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
Riding with Hope Tech crew
  See you at the trails...


Words by Rachael Walker and Sam Flanagan
Photos by Simon Nieborak

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49 Comments

  • 23 3
 that. is. the. sickest. bike. I. have. ever. seen.
  • 12 1
 You can't go wrong with black and green.
  • 9 2
 Black and green should never be seen without an orange in between.
  • 6 22
flag amirazemi (Mar 31, 2014 at 0:22) (Below Threshold)
 eeey bobey marleeey, sing something goood to meeee..eeee..dis world go crazy it's an emergency...
  • 10 2
 the photos make me want to jump on my bike and ride!!! where is summer?!! @edmonton
  • 2 0
 Move to the Okanagan! I've been riding everyday for two weeks now!!
  • 5 0
 Another team running the Yeti SB66 and killing it. Yeti says it is not producing anymore of these bikes because there is no demand for them in the USA. What is wrong with this picture? The pros love it. the testers love it. But oddly enough people don't want to buy it because of the wrong wheel size. Strange!! Too much worrying about what wheel size a bike is and not how it performs.
  • 4 0
 Did the Borrowdale Bash yesterday, including all the cheeky bits, got lucky with the weather, wall to wall sunshine! Would also recommend a carry up Skiddaw just wish I had the skills to clear the descent down to Longsight Edge, Ullock Pike Descent is very special, one of the best in the Lakes! They got lucky with Ingleborough, if you can't see Ingleborough from my office window then it is raining, if can see Ingleborough then it isn't raining - yet! Smile

Nice photos!
  • 8 2
 Wow!!, just had to change my wallpaper 5 times. Good thing Ive got relatives in the UK too
  • 4 1
 The Lakes is an awesome place to ride, just a shame that we are not allowed to ride any of the singletrack pictured because it is footpath and not bridleway. Thankfully their is a Borrowdale Bash that is as equally as good and all on bridleway.
  • 1 0
 I was thinking the opposite - some good tips for cheeky trails there if you know Borrowdale Smile
  • 3 0
 riding on footpaths is fine as long as you're careful and curteous
  • 3 0
 Care and courtesy are required just as much on bridleways or any shared use trail! (And on bike specific trails too, though you shouldn't have to excuse yourself for high speed shredding on those). Riding on footpaths is alas not legal without permission of the landowner. That doesn't make you bad for doing it, it makes the law an ass, but keep being careful and courteous and one day we might get that changed.
  • 2 0
 Absolutely, I ride footpaths all the time in north wales, and the only time anyone has ever had a problem with it, I was on a green lane anyway, so I had every right to be there in the first place. A smile goes a long way Wink
  • 2 0
 guys get involved here www.facebook.com/groups/253709714801268/259501120888794/?notif_t=like
we're on mission to get lakeland footpaths converted to bridleways and need support from all Lake District riders.
  • 5 0
 Epic shots! True eyeporn, I almost felt like riding with them, god job here PB.
  • 1 0
 Wait, eyeporn? Is there another delivery method available?
  • 3 0
 Believe me, there are many.
  • 4 0
 Hope best MTB components company on the market! Such nice and reliable bits with the best customer service! Love 'em
  • 4 0
 Simon Nieborak your photography is spectacular! Im looking at these pics on my 24 inch monitor. Beautiful work!
  • 1 0
 thank you very much, sshredder... i really appreciate it and it's great to hear this kind of comments from time to time... but not too often! hahaha
  • 2 1
 It is a real shame that Hope Tech felt they are above the law and took to illegal footpaths to get these photos. Access for mountain bikers in the lakes is tough enough as it is without this sort of blatant disregard. I really hope that they put right their wrong and make a sizeable donation to Fix the Fells. Please don't go and ride the footpath, there really is plenty of excellent Mountain Biking to be had in the Lake District without resorting to Footpaths. Please Hope, use this as a way to apologise and show us how responsible Mountain Bikers can be.
  • 5 1
 Very nice looking trails!
  • 6 1
 Thanks for the pix PB
  • 3 1
 That place looks huge, wind scoured and inhospitable. Bet a set of goggles would come in handy. Props to Hope for making the most beautiful brakes ever.
  • 6 1
 PODs on PODS on PODS.
  • 3 0
 Damn, great job guys, truly amazing !
  • 1 0
 I'm Lancastrian, but I love the Yorkshire Dales, the people are nice and friendly too. Minimal dogshit where good people live.
  • 3 0
 Some of the best trail photography I've ever seen. Amazing.
  • 2 0
 Not that I'm sick of seeing Canada on here, it's just nice to see my home on PB.
  • 5 3
 Hands down my favourite place to ride in the UK!
  • 1 0
 I've had the chance to walk all over the Lake District, very close to keswick in fact. Now I wish I took my bike.
  • 2 0
 I've never ridden in the lakes before - think I need to now!
  • 1 0
 Are there any route maps anywhere for those lakes trails, looks like cat bells, walla crag and bits of the borrowdale bash
  • 2 0
 Awesome. Thank you for sharing this!!
  • 1 0
 Why does hope go crazy with their logos over the original branding on frames and forks. Looks rubbish.
  • 1 0
 if you want to ride in this mazing landscape but haven't got a clue where to go check out www.rootsmtb.com
  • 2 1
 Trails look fun but i hate fun trails in rainy weather Frown
  • 1 0
 lake district + orange 5 + hope bits = heaven
  • 2 0
 brilliant
  • 2 1
 Technical trail + rainy wet slipery = horrible crash Frown
  • 2 0
 Epic zone
  • 1 0
 I'll take the shift on the house this year...
  • 1 0
 why you always ride my home trails when im not there!! (N)
  • 1 0
 Stunning photos, there is so much awesomeness in there.
  • 3 6
 SO FAKE!

Everything was staged!

I mean you can't possibly try to tell me that they rode those trails with 26" wheels. yah right. IT'S IMPOSSIBLE!
  • 1 0
 WHEEL SIZE RABBLE RABBLE WAAAH!!!



Seriously, if I ever give a f*ck what size wheel someone else is spinning please hit me in the face with an axe.
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