It looks like Hope may be the latest brand to be joining the high pivot hype train as Tristan Tinn, our photographer at 'Ard Rock, managed to get some shots of a prototype enduro bike from the British brand.
This new prototype could be the first new bike from Hope since it launched the HB130 trail bike
in August 2019 following on from its longer travel sibling the HB160
. Both bikes used Hope's carbon manufacturing at its factory in Barnoldswick. Looking at this new bike, it appears to be potentially sharing the same production methods with a carbon front triangle paired with an aluminum rear end as we saw on both the HB160 and 130.
The similarities with Hope's past bikes seem to end there as the prototype frame now uses a vertical shock placement and a different suspension design to its past bikes. The most obvious difference to the past designs comes in the form of the high pivot and idler.
We don't currently know if this is planned as a production bike, but we do know that with its carbon manufacturing facility, it is far easier for Hope to create and try out different designs and ideas than brands that outsource manufacturing.
The high pivot Hope has a few similarities with the HB160, but there are plenty of changes to be found on this prototype.Updated with response from Hope
Details are light on this bike at the moment, but we did reach out to Hope who were able to confirm that this is a very early prototype of a new bike it is working on. Hope don't have much to share about the bike just yet, although we were told that we should expect the launch of this new bike before summer next year.