Video: Hope Factory Tour

Jul 17, 2014 at 7:32
by Chain Reaction Cycles  
This year Hope is celebrating 25 years of designing, developing and creating some of the best mountain bike and road components available - we're just back from a tour of their incredible headquarters - we hope you enjoy our video as much as we enjoyed being there!




Hope factory tour pictures:

Prototype pedals brake levers and more
Prototype pedals, brake levers and more!

An unfinished pedal
An unfinished pedal

Mounted on one of their own crankarms
Mounted on one of their own crankarms

What better way to used a scratched rim
What better way to used a scratched rim?

Hope say they invented mountain biking long before our American cousins - specifically on tracker bikes like this from Raleigh

Hope say they invented mountain biking long before our American cousins - specifically on tracker bikes like this from Raleigh.


Hope factory tour

Gearing like we ll never see again

Hope have big plans - one of which is to build their own velodrome...

Hope have big plans - one of which is to build their own velodrome...


Velodrome on top workshop below

Velodrome on top, workshop below


Hope treat their workers well - here s part of the chill out area

Hope treat their workers well - here's part of the chill out area


What s that bike in the distance

What's that bike in the distance?


Here s that bike - the one used by Martyn Ashton in Road Bike Party

Here's that bike - the one used by Martyn Ashton in Road Bike Party


Hope factory tour

Swarf - a by-product of all the milling drilling and extruding that goes on

Swarf - a by-product of all the milling, drilling and extruding that goes on


Swarf - a by-product of all the milling drilling and extruding that goes on

Swarf - a by-product of all the milling drilling and extruding that goes on

All staff get at least one bike of their choosing

All staff get at least one bike of their choosing


staff bikes

Ready for extrusion and milling

Ready for extrusion and milling


Hope s founders Simon and Ian are passionate motorbike enthusiasts - here s a restored Triumph

Hope's founders Simon and Ian are passionate motorbike enthusiasts - here's a restored Triumph


Simon s trials bike

Simon's trials bike


We could have spent hours watching these machines at work

Disc rotor spider

Disc rotor spider


Creating their brand new chainring

Creating their brand new chainring


A Hope hub - before and after

A Hope hub - before and after


Hub blanks ready to be turned into another quality hub

Hub blanks ready to be turned into another quality hub


Shiny

Shiny

Post-machined goodness

Post-machined goodness


Crankarm mid-mill

One of the Hope guys tweaks his bike for the after-work ride

One of the Hope guys tweaks his bike for the after-work ride


The LASER BEAM at work these machines work 24 7 - 365

The LASER BEAM at work, these machines work 24/7 - 365


Hope factory tour

A disc brake rotor is tempered

A disc brake rotor is tempered


Hot to the touch not for this robotic arm though

Hot to the touch, not for this robotic arm though


Hope factory tour

Hope factory tour

Hope carry out 100 inspections of their product.

Hope carry out 100% inspections of their product.


Here a hub gets the treatment

Here a hub gets the treatment


Big news - Hope are developing their own line of carbon products this is their first a seatpost.

Big news - Hope are developing their own line of carbon products, this is their first, a seatpost.


Bundled ready for anodising

Bundled ready for anodising


Piled for anodising

Piled for anodising


Chainrings prepared to be anodised

Chainrings prepared to be anodised


And a load of hubs and calipers too

And a load of hubs and calipers too


Dunked into the anodising bath

Dunked into the anodising bath


Here s one being lasered

Here's one being lasered


And another stem that s just been done

And another stem that's just been done


Tech 3 purple

Hope staff ready for their post-work ride

Hope staff ready for their post-work ride


Pro2 Evo hubs

With plenty of rims ready to go

Tech 3 brakes almost ready

Tech 3


A finished F20 pedal

A finished F20 peda


 AllTheLads

#AllTheLads


Remember all those staff bikes There s a dedicated workshop to fix and fettle them too...jealous much

There's a dedicated workshop to fix and fettle all the staff bikes...jealous much?


www.hopetech.com


68 Comments

  • + 79
 Up Yours Chris King
  • + 15
 Well, that's not a nice thing to say. Chris King has a full time gourmet chef to cook for the employees, does Hope have that?
  • + 8
 All those parts!! Where's my 42 tooth I ordered 2 months ago???
  • + 12
 Does CK have a hot air balloon?
  • + 9
 Hope has butty fridays. Boom
  • + 9
 I just looked up butty friday on Google and ended up on a big booty porn site. Maybe Hope does win this round.
  • + 1
 My daughters called hope, not after the brand but something completely different

The brand still inspired this though

www.pinkbike.com/photo/8707406
  • + 0
 Hope make some good parts, but they ain't no Chris King, or Tune for that matter.
  • + 1
 I love Hope stuff, but Chris King hubs are second to NONE.
  • + 2
 hope has the best rotor in the industry!
  • + 2
 Chris King is not to be found in the same price category. If you want something that works, but you don't want to spend all your savings, go for Hope.
  • + 37
 Porn. Good porn.
  • + 23
 I absolutely LOVE these articles and videos that show what goes into the products we ride. These are by far my favorite things to read on pinkbike....must explain why I became an engineer. One day I would like to get my own bike component company going....one day...
  • + 3
 Dude I feel you there! I work at a aerospace machine shop up in B-ham doing a lot of this same stuff but some of it I only got a taste of in school, like automated production. I too have that same hope for one day... or at least work for one!
  • - 12
flag m0ngy (Jul 19, 2014 at 11:38) (Below Threshold)
 Let me fix that for you with a quick and honest edit; "I absolutely LOVE these *advertisements* and *marketing material* that *promote* the products we *are being sold*."
  • + 6
 m0ngy your a tool with that generic anti corporate comment. Some some of us enjoy seeing how things work behind the scenes of a quality manufacturing company, especially people like me where this truly is my passion. You should also keep in mind that this "marketing material" you speak so poorly of is for a smaller component company and not a giant that outsources to third world countries.
  • - 4
flag m0ngy (Jul 21, 2014 at 1:03) (Below Threshold)
 I'm absolutely correct though, there's no dispute about that.
  • + 23
 Right... Time to spend far too much money.
  • + 14
 f*ck college, i´ll work for them even if i have to live under a bridge. as long as i get a bike specked out with hope stuff...
  • + 4
 I think you need some college degrees in order to work for Hope....
  • + 2
 To work upstairs in design, yeah. But just about everything else is doable with a little staff training.
  • + 8
 Icredible machinery... Great company. Glad I made the right choice for my hubs. Haven't been 100% satisfied with my tech v2 brakes because I wanted something more "shimano powered" but the great cnc work on these is astonishing.
  • + 10
 Oh boy.... I wish every work place could be like that Smile And yes, I love my Hope brakes!
  • + 8
 "...All staff get at least one bike of their choosing..."
"...There's a dedicated workshop to fix and fettle all the staff bikes...jealous much?..."

HELL YEAH!!!
  • + 8
 Man I miss my Triumph scrambler, that's not a restored one it's the Steve McQueen special!!
  • + 4
 Great video. I would have liked to see more filming of the employees, however - a few times I felt as if they were trying to avoid shots of the people who actually tend the machines and put the products together. The one machinist doing CAM work was shown, but after that, not many actual people. I love machines more than most, but people in a company are important.
  • + 4
 What an amazing harmony of people and machine. I love my M4s. So intresting to see the behind the scenes process. I just figured magical elves worked all night to make everything.
  • + 6
 what an amazing company, it makes you want to go out and buy a full hope kit in an anodised color lol
  • + 5
 Awesome components, free bikes of your choice, post work rides..... Anyone else wanna work for hope?
  • + 5
 Glad to have my new wheels built with their hubs
  • + 4
 I'm on a pair of 1st gen pro 2 hubs from 2002/3 , still running perfect , just look after the bearings once a year with a clean and grease and they are good to go Smile
  • + 3
 I've still go a Hope Bulb Ti that's as good as the day it came from the factory! New set of bearings and a new freehub... Perfect!
  • + 4
 hmm, Hope cranks... Must know more!!!!
  • + 3
 Employees get one bike of their choosing... I'd love to work there ^_^
I don't think I'd be able to choose a bike though!
  • + 4
 Well, that factory tour was truly awesome.
  • + 5
 i want to work there!!
  • + 1
 Have a dream will come true!
  • + 0
 Life's too short to spend much time working a dead end job, just to make some other prick rich. Keep your vision in perspective, acquire the appropriate skills, but most importantly, NEVER give up, and you will get there in the end.
  • + 1
 I agree
  • + 0
 I contacted Hope as to why you can't get their gear in green. They said only sponsored athletes get the green. Apparently sponsored athletes and people who work at the factory.
  • + 1
 I work at a bike shop, and the first thing I am doing tomorrow when I get in is ordering a shit ton of hope parts. no questions asked
  • - 6
flag m0ngy (Jul 19, 2014 at 11:23) (Below Threshold)
 Before you do, ensure you have the technical ability to service and tweak Hope brakes often, as required. Even after four or five generations, Hope brakes still require regular attention. Hope could learn something from Shimano, who haven't made a bad hydro brake system yet.
  • + 3
 "Man I want to work at hope!" - everyone.
  • + 1
 This evening I'm going to my LBS to get my new wheels. Hope rear hub, Sapim Race spokes and Stan's Flow rims. I'm even more stoked after reading this article.
  • + 3
 that gaint glory made me jizzz
  • + 3
 I need that Hope'd up glory frame in my life!!
  • + 1
 well, nice edit. Not very very fun but there's still one question...
WHERE IS THE R§D DEPARTMENT !!! I want to see what's next (carbon seatpost, nothing more...)
  • + 3
 Cheap, light and durable. Picke 3: hope!
  • + 1
 "all staff get at least one bike of their choosing"

o.O please, let me work for you il do anything
  • + 2
 I would like a truing machine. very much
  • + 2
 just discover hope makes lights. huh, interesting
  • + 2
 Havent read this yet, I 'Hope' its gunna be good!
  • + 7
 It's awesome to get a look at the Hub where all their products Stem from.
  • + 5
 I just watched the video, it’s wheely good!
  • + 4
 Come on guys, surely it's time pull the brakes on these puns...
  • + 0
 Where do all these crank replies stem from?
  • + 1
 Well.. I think Taiwanese have better and advanced factory than Hope...but sure not the Hope style approach...welldone Hope
  • + 1
 best thing to ever come out of pommy land well that warner rat and peaty
  • + 1
 Hope team! I like the team!
  • + 1
 "I quit my job right now and work for you."
  • + 1
 That gave me the biggest engineering boner
  • + 1
 ok it will be cool to work with hope.
  • + 1
 That's what I call a Giant Hope
  • + 1
 Hope they start using green anno soon.............
  • + 1
 how is that a restored triumph? its Brand new!!!
  • + 1
 You're right, they should've said custom.
  • + 1
 Amazing video.
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