From the Top: Hope Technology Owners Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp

Nov 12, 2014 at 7:29
by Paul Aston  

Hope entered into the mountain bike world with this moto-inspired
cable-actuated disc brake. Both Sharp and Weatherill are avid
motorcycle trials competitors.
Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp built Hope Technology from the ground up, with the first foundations being laid 29 years ago in 1985. Their first cycling product was a then-revolutionary cable-actuated disc brake. Initially, products were made to suit their personal tastes and needs, but since then they have expanded Hope's range to produce components for riders all over the globe in many disciplines, the most popular being their ever-reliable hubs. Nowadays, around 65,000 of them are pumped out of Hope's 89,000 square-foot factory each year. Located in Barnoldswick, UK, they now manufacture hubs, brakes, headsets, stems, bottom brackets and lights, and the product line is ever-expanding. The state-of-the-art facility employs 100 staff and operates 55 CNC-machining centers, including five Matsuura five-axis milling machines which cost around €450,000 each. All this runs 24-7, year 'round, and despite Hope's rapid growth, Ian and Simon have maintained the same ethos behind their business since day-one: to produce high-quality products, with no sales waffles.

Hope Technology. From The Top.
  Hope founders Simon Sharp (left) and Ian Weatherill credit their success to long-lasting products, customer loyalty and word-of-mouth advertising.

bigquotesOur products are made for the British weather. Rather than making them for riding in the Californian desert, ours are made to be used in the UK and that's why it suits British riders. You get people on the continent using them as well, but that's just a byproduct of us making them so they work in the UK. - Ian Weatherill

Hope's first production hub, with its four-bolt rotor interface was
ahead of its time. Conical spoke flanges came from motorcyles.

Forged-aluminum billets waiting to be machined into hub shells.

The finished product - Hope's 2014 hubs share similar lines with
the original. Hope also produces a range of pre-built wheelsets.

How did you get in to mountain biking?

Ian: It all started off when we were training for trials riding. We used to be motorcycle trials riders and we trained for trials riding on mountain bikes.

Simon: Trials bikes had disc brakes, so we decided to make some parts for mountain bikes.

Do you still ride mountain bikes or do any other disciplines?

Ian: Yeah, we ride mountain bikes, road bikes and we still ride trials bikes.

Simon: We ride the Scottish Six Day Trials every year.

Ian: ...As long as we can keep going.

Hope has had a few different homes. How did you arrive in Barnoldswick?

Ian: Simon comes from Barnoldswick, and we were both at Rolls Royce in Barnoldswick, so it was a natural place to come back to. It’s a really good place for staff, it’s a great place for the people that work for us, and it’s nice because it’s on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, which a really nice place to be and to have a factory.

So it feels like home?

Ian: I would say that was it. Yeah, it feels like the right place to be. Yeah, it does feel right.

Hope are now producing products in house, but with the rims and handlebars, you've chosen to do that overseas. Is that a shift in direction for Hope?

Ian: It’s just those specific products and it’s not something we really want to do anyway. It’s just we don’t do any more formed metal like that hot formed-system, that’s what handlebars are really - it’s a formed system. Also, constructing the rims, it’s not really what we’re into, To use our other products, we’re having to get some things made. And the rims? We've helped them develop the rims. We've changed the rims quite dramatically. We’re already selling someone else’s rims that were made over in the Far East anyway - like Stan's rims - so we might as well have our own. Actually, our rims are improved on those and actually better. That’s why we've actually gone that way, but it’s not something we get into - hot forming aluminium.

Simon: It’s a totally different engineering process for rims and bars, it’s not like CNC machining.

Ian: It’s like the carbon fiber. We’re not going to produce any carbon fiber outside the factory. All the carbon fiber parts will be produced in the factory. We want to do that and it’s something we can work on because we machine molds, and the way the carbon fiber technology works, we’re trying to apply our knowledge to that process.

Simon: Yeah, the plan is to make as much as possible here in Barnoldswick.

What carbon parts are you planning on making?

Simon: At the moment we are starting with a seatpost. Taking the knowledge we have from making the Eternity seatpost and applying it to carbon. Other products in the pipeline are handlebars and who knows what else?

Hope has a huge amount of British followers which makes up about 50-percent of your global sales. How much of this loyalty has helped to grow the company?

Ian: Massively. Going to events, seeing people at trail centers - everything just makes a world of difference to us. There’s a massive sales growth in the UK and the support we've had from the UK has helped us to do that. That’s the main market we go for and that’s where we ride our bikes. Our products are made for the British weather. Rather than making them for riding in the Californian desert, ours are made to be used in the UK and that’s why it suits British riders. You get people on the continent using them as well, but that’s just a byproduct of us making them so they work in the UK.

Hope V4 brakes 2014
  Hope V4 brakes also begin life as blocks of aluminum at the Barnoldswick factory. Master cylinder housings (right) emerge from one of Hope's five-axis CNC machines.

bigquotesOriginally, we were the only people producing decent brakes. They're all reasonable now. They're not as good as ours, obviously, but they're not bad. - Ian Weatherill

In 1999, the top ten in the British National Series were using Hope brakes. Now that number may be one or two maximum. Do you think this is because of the big companies taking over the market share or the fact you've been focusing on other products and disciplines?

Ian: They are taking over the market share, but we’re still selling as many brakes as we've ever sold. We don’t go for OE at all. Most of them get them as OE and they’re not too bad. A lot of those brakes are OK but they do have problems with them don’t they?

Simon: And also, the riders who get sponsored in the top ten, they get deals with factory rides and those factory rides tend to be always sponsored by the bigger companies.

Ian: It’s a package and they have to take the whole package, don’t they? That’s why they’re doing it. Originally, we were the only people producing decent brakes. They’re all reasonable now. They’re not as good as ours, obviously, but they’re not bad!

Hope Technology Prototype small cog cassettes
  Well before SRAM debuted its XXI drivetrain, Hope pioneered a wide-range XC cassette and a close-ratio DH version based upon a ten-tooth cog - and also developed a compact driver to adapt its hubs to the tiny cog's smaller inside diameter.

Hope's Vision lighting system integrates the lamp
into the stem cap. The battery clips into a quick-
release mount. It was conceived a decade ago.
After creating so many products from scratch and playing a huge role in the development of products, are there any products you’re embarrassed about or wished you never gave a go?

Ian: They all seem to work out alright. What was that one we did years ago, that little four-pot?

Simon: The XC4 disc brake?

Ian: It wasn't very good was it?

Simon: It wasn't our best brake.

Ian: There was also a hub we did years and years ago. It was called an Ultra Light. It did work quite well and it was minute. It was a bit too small and delicate. We try to make things so they’ll last - that’s the whole idea. We make it so it’s gonna last, and you don’t want to get anything back through the door. We don’t want any hassle because we want to use it, and we like to go and just ride the bike. We don’t want to spend all our time working on it.

Hope Technology. From The Top.
  The factory has an immaculate pump track that continues to evolve. Reportedly, it keeps staff entertained well into after hours.

In June 2013, it was announced that Hope was planning to build a velodrome in Barnoldswick. How has this progressed, or is it still just a pipe dream?

Ian: I better answer that because it was my daft idea, wasn't it? We tried to go to Manchester and book a slot there to ride, but couldn't get on. There's a year’s waiting list and it’s ludicrous - and it’s making a gym for cyclists. It’s nice to ride the bike, and you think about ten o'clock in the middle of winter when the roads are iced up, it would be great to go training there. When Manchester first opened, that’s where people like Steve Peat, Chris Wakefield, all the BMX guys - everyone used to train on there. It was great for winter training and spring training, and everyone could go. People from other disciplines, you know; road bikers, mountain bikers, BMXers all used to go on the track, but it’s become a bit elitist now and only the top track cyclists go on there. So, it would be great to have a track that anybody could use and have a bit of fun with, and we thought we’d have a go at that, and it’s still progressing now. We’re still trying to set a 250 meter, because someone just set the hour record on a 200-meter track. So, is that faster than a 250? It’s also about cost. We gotta try and make sure it fits in with the company's expanding to create an R&D center, and to create a carbon fiber center.

Did the 2012 financial crisis have an affect on the business?

Ian: No, not at all, because we’re paranoid all the time. We always think it’s going to end tomorrow.

Simon: It didn't really affect us, did it?

Ian: No. Financial crises only affects you if you’re overstretched, and we’re never overstretched. We’re always very cautious and very careful, even in the financial crisis. Ever since we started 20-odd years ago, we always think ‘it’s all going to end tomorrow’ we don’t take anything for granted.

Simon: We try not to take too much on. Small steps at a time. You know, long-term investment.

Hope Technology. From The Top.
  Hope leveraged a government Ride to Work program to outfit its employees with pro-level bikes for bargain prices. With good riding nearby, we doubt they remain this clean.

Hope has grown into a pretty big company from rather small beginnings, do you feel much pressure on your shoulders?

Simon: No, no more than there used to be.

Ian: Felt more pressure when there were four of us, and now there’s a 110, it doesn't feel any different. It’s because we’re very, very cautious. The first person we took on was Lindley Pate, our works manager who is still here. Most people stay on and we’re not frightened of losing people, but we want to look after them, so we've always made sure everything is very cautious and very safe, and just tried to make decent product. One that is not going to come back, so we’re not going to have any problems, and not overstretch ourselves - and that’s why we haven’t grown to the size of SRAM or Shimano. We've kept it quite a bit smaller.

Simon: Organic growth instead of…

Ian: ...we could borrow loads of money and expand like mad, but we’re not going to take that risk. You know, it’s almost like believing your own hype then. Lots of people believe in their own hype and grow like mad, and then think they’re fantastic. Keep it cautious.

Hope factory

bigquotesWe could borrow loads of money and expand like mad, but we're not going to take that risk. You know, it's almost like believing your own hype then. Lots of people believe in their own hype and grow like mad, and then think they're fantastic. Keep it cautious.
- Ian Weatherill

You have some interesting riders supported by Hope like Guy Martin, Danny MacAskill, Nico Vink and Adam Brayton, do you think selecting riders with big personalities on and off the bike is more beneficial than a large team?

Ian: We just support people who are nice people that we like. It’s nothing to do with commercial gains or anything, and we're not obsessed with the publicity thing. That’s why we don’t do loads of advertising or anything like that. It’s about the product selling itself.

Hope Technology Timeline:

• 1985 Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp leave Rolls Royce Aerospace and set-up their own tool making company called IPCO making fixtures for local aerospace companies.

• 1989 Ian and Simon create Hope's first cable-operated disc brake calipers, with rotors that screw on to the hubs.

• 1990 IPCO moves to a 11,000 sq ft factory in Colne, called the 'Hope Shed' which later changed to 'Hope Mill.'

• 1991 Hope Technology is formed to make, and sell disc brakes and hubs. The mechanical disc brake was the first product sold to the market, they also created a six-bolt disc hub, similar to a trials motorcycle with sealed cartridge bearings - not the same bolt pattern we see today.

• 1992 14 pairs of brakes on different bikes appear around the halls of Interbike - every unit in existence at this point. Hope Hubs start flying off the shelves in the UK. A satellite office is setup in the US. Hope launch the Ti-glide rear hub, one of the first Shimano-compatible, aftermarket hubs. It used a titanium central body and titanium cassette carrier. A big investment was made with the purchase of Hope’s first CNC machine.

• 1993 The Ti-glide rear hub was offered in a splined version due to demand from the market for a lighter disc hub. Machined skewers were introduced in different anodized colors to match the hubs.

• 1994 - 1995 Hope introduces their first hydraulic brake with a prototype twin-disc system. Single-disc systems are available to consumers - an open-type system fitted to machined fork adapters at the front and to custom braze-ons at the rear. The five-bolt 'Big'un' hubset with a three-pawl ratchet, 185mm DH disc, and Kevlar reinforced hoses are introduced.

• 1996 The C2 system with a new Sport lever featuring a thumbwheel adjuster is launched. Being way ahead of their time, many pro riders start using blacked out Hope products. Rob Warner wins at a wet Kaprun at the Grundig Downhill WC.

• 1997 -1998 Bargain Ti bottom brackets are launched for a mere £90 ($145). Ian Weatherill and employee Neil Arnold race the British championships at Fort William on Yeti Straight 4 Lawwill frames. Hope’s DH4 brake with the Pro lever was launched. Employee Woody Hole achieves Top 30 results on a GT in the Grundig World Cup series.
Hope expands again, tripling the size of the factory Barnoldswick to 39,000 square feet..

• 1999 Steve Peat comes second in the World Cup series and wins the British National Championship. Every British rider in the National Top 10 is using Hope brakes. The lightest disc system to date, the XC4 brake is launched.

• 2000 Hope launches the 'Bulb' hubs, the only hub at the time that could utilize a 20mm or QR axle. The DH4, 4-piston downhill brake reaches production after a years worth of prototyping on Peaty's GT iDrive.

• 2001 "If you don’t have discs then you’re at a disadvantage." Claims XC Elite Paul Lasenby after his first race on the newly launched Mini. Budget Sport hubs with the new International standard, six-bolt interface are launched. The Bulb hub changes from a spline to the IS standard.

• 2002 Hope headsets featuring stainless bearings and plenty of seals for Lake District weather are launched, along with Head Doctors and Grip Doctors. Mountain Bike Action are the first of many to publish reviews of Hope products.

• 2003 The one-piece, Mono6ti brakes arrive. This monster has six titanium pistons based on motorcycle stoppers. Mini and M4 brakes also adopt the stiffer one-piece caliper design.

• 2004 Sh1t Shifter is launched to make cleaning bikes and all Hope products easy. Designed to be gentle on anodized parts and disc brakes. Hope win the University of Central Lancashire Award for Best Use of Design and Innovation 2004.

• 2005 XC and Freeride stems were introduced into the range.

• 2006 It's dark in Yorkshire and the company needed lights. The Vision HID is the first. Ian and Simon compete in the grueling 'Yorkshire Three Peaks' cyclo-cross, to gain knowledge of the market they were about to step in to.

• 2007 The launch of the first vented disc for bicycles on the new Moto V2 brake offering immense power. Two LED lights and full wheelsets were also added into the range.

• 2008 New products included the four-LED light, Hollowtech type bottom brackets, and a single LED light. Another move into bigger premises. This time, 56,000 square feet.

• 2009 Danny MacAskill released the trials edit which shot him to worldwide fame overnight. Filmed in and around Edinburgh by his flat mate, Dave Sowerby, the edit shows some of the best trials riding by Danny or any other rider at the time. Hope had no idea that Danny was filming the edit or that he was to become such a big star.

• 2010 A government backed Ride to Work scheme entitles each member of staff to a bike of their choice, fully decorated in the latest Hope components.

• 2011 The Pro 2 Evo hub arrives. Hope fund and build the 'Hope Line' at the local Gisburn Forest trail center. The red-graded Hope Line includes long drifting berms and flowy tabletops. Research and development employee Paul Oldham finds time to train and win the national stripes at the Derby National Cyclo-cross Championships.

• 2012 After two years of preparation, Hope moves in to the current Hope Mill, an 89,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility in Barnoldswick. The Hope F20 flat pedal is launched. Martyn Ashton showed off his amazing skills on a bike with the release of Road Bike Party. The film hit nearly 10 million hits by the end of 2013. The bike is fitted with Hope carbon wheels and amazingly, the only damage they sustain is one puncture during the whole film.

• 2013 Mr Gas to Flat, aka Adam Brayton, joins the downhill team, and Sam Flanagan represents for the Enduro team. Hope Factory Racing take their third consecutive win of the Rapha Supercross series. Hope is paid a visit by Prime Minister David Cameron as part of the "Get Britain Cycling" campaign. Guy Martin attempts and gains the British record for outright speed on bicycle. With the help of slipstreaming, he reaches 112mph. Hope developed a special drivetrain for the the custom-built Rourke frame.

• 2014 The younger members of the team drag Simon Sharp and one of the managers, Woody Hole, to Crankworx, which rejuvenates their passion for mountain bikes.
Purchase of a six-acre site is finalized to expand current facilities and house the planned velodrome.

• 2015 - After years of prototyping, and hundreds of 'Spy Shots,' the Hope crankset may finally be launched.

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  • 89 2
 I've never used their hubs, but I put a set of Hope brakes (T3V4) on my DH bike. HOLY CRAP. Considering I took off a set of fresh Saints, I had very little expectation for improvement. I love Shimano brakes... but I'll never use them again. If you've never used Hope brakes you can't understand.
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  • 15 1
 Still have my hope mono 6 brakes on my dh bike over ten years and still work great best brakes ever!
  • 10 0
 10 years here !
  • 7 1
 8 years, no bleeding at all - hope mono m4s...... still awesome (i finally bled them on saturday past to change the master cylinders for tech should have seen the gunk that came out...note to self - bleed every few years!!!!)
  • 7 10
 *every few months
  • 7 1
 On a set of 2002 hope pro2's , been through 5 DH bikes ( all of which died ) on original bearings serviced two times a year and ridden in all weathers 2-5 days a week , only thing that ever went wrong with them was the freehub leaf springs failed about 1 year ago , pretty damned good !
  • 12 0
 hope hubs FTW tup
  • 7 0
 Their brakes are superb, just like their service. The hubs might not be CK, but they are what I would call a top best buy product. If they just would make the Enduro rim a bit wider It would be perfect.
  • 6 0
 I concur, still running a pair of Moto V2's from '06 and they easily outperform anything I've seen and/or tried at the local trails or friends' bikes. Well, apart from that one guy who has a DH rig with M4's... Wink Surprisingly, they came with a bike I bought used, the dude who sold it probably had no idea what he was doing... lucky me, though, I'd never use anything else!
  • 10 1
 3 sets of leaky Saints....moved to Hope v4s and very glad i did. Not only do they work great but the product screams quality.....I am a fan.
  • 7 0
 T3 E4 for me. Best ever!
  • 3 0
 After suffering through multiple sets of avid brakes I switched to a set of V4's. Best brakes I have ever had..I am building a new Jedi this year, The hopes are the only parts I am using off the old bike..I think I might have them buried with me.
  • 60 0
 This article made me want to buy hope components. Seems like a company worth supporting.
  • 11 0
 Same hear.
  • 5 0
 I've always found that for every brilliant product they make, there is always some thing that is a bit naff. Their pedals don't grip as well as they could (too much material for mud to get stuck in compared to my vaults) and the end caps of the grips fell off before. But their customer service for when things have broke has been spot on.
  • 1 0
 Agreed. Pro 2 hubs are brilliant, but I'd never buy the straight-pulls again. Utter pig to rebuild. Customer service is superb though.
  • 42 2
 Hope they stay around forever
  • 8 0
 Every time there's an article about Hope...
  • 29 0
 Thanks to all those who have posted comments on this post today. As you have probably gathered, Hope is a company of people who simply just love riding bikes. We aim to make the highest quality components which others can enjoy using as much as we do. Keep pedaling and keep buying Hope!!
  • 3 0
 I really like your straight pull hubs. Why are they only sold as part of a wheelset and not individually?
  • 22 3
 "Both Sharp and Weatherill are avid competitors"
Get it?....AVID competitors. Hahahaha. He said avid. Like the brake company.
  • 14 1
 Avid vs hope is like comparing random ugly chick to Emma Watson.
  • 26 1
 Yeah but random ugly chick is much more likely to end up in your bed Razz
  • 12 0
 Avids are much more likely to end up on your bike, but that doesn't mean they're better than Emma Watson, or that your should give up trying to sleep with Hope brakes.
  • 7 0
 @bigburd You got me with that one :'D
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 ^^ that's not her chest surely ?
  • 15 1
 I've used a lot of hubs in the 18 years of riding bikes and there is only one hub that I can trust and that's hope . Yes I'm from the uk but I live in canada now and from the hope big in hubs to the hope t I glide and now the pro 2 evo best hubs on the market and customer service is 100%
  • 15 0
 Buy a hope product and it will outlast your bike, you, your children and your children's children.
  • 17 2
 Anybody else notice it was timestamped February 1st 2013?
  • 3 0
 Good eye!
  • 7 0
 sh*t, PB is giving us filler articles to keep the hits up. must be a internal compete or Hope is paying for face time. sorry PB -- still luv ya.
  • 6 0
 The filler articles started with the " would you pay to ride your bike " pointless hypothetical Razz
  • 1 0
 Something's wrong there, because in the interview they mention June 2013 as past tense. They also know the cranks aren't coming in 2014 Smile
  • 3 0
 The interview was done last month, that's just some weird glitch on our end, we'll look into what happened there..good eye Wink
  • 13 0
 Man i love british products! high quality and sexy..i rather support them than suppport shimano\sram..
  • 13 0
 am i the only one who is wondering what happened to the idea of the hope cassettes?
  • 5 0
 They were made with Ti and Alu sprockets, I can't imagine that the life span was up to what Hope like to be associated with, then XX1 came out and it was all a moot point anyway.
  • 7 0
 I'm wondering when they are gonna start making frames , you could pretty much buy a complete Hope built bike , would be awesome.
  • 7 0
 imagine the price tho!!
  • 6 0
 I wouldn't imagine it would be that high , every thing else hope makes is in the middle ground of top tier equipment pricing I find.
  • 5 0
 @Alasdair-S but it would be one of the only bikes on the market that is worth every penny
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 Do you think they'd annodise the frame?
  • 4 0
 For the record, I would buy a 10speed, 10-42 or 10-40 cassette immediately. XD driver or one piece driver-cassette(which is what one of the prototypes they showed off was.)
  • 2 0
 @Groghunter, I'd buy a 11-40 or 11-42 ten speed cassette if it fit onto a standard Shimano/SRAM eight/nine/ten speed freehub body. The number of 42t mod cogs out there says there's a market for it, I'm not fast/awesome enough for a 10t top gear to make any difference to me, I'm hanging on for dear life at that speed anyway, 40 or 42t would give me a very nice bail out gear for crawling up Alpine hills.
  • 2 0
 @Fix-the-Spade the 10t makes a difference when you consider using a 30t chainring instead of a 36 for climbing.

appart from that, i rather use a 10speed 10-42 casette rather than a 11speed and always hoped that hope would actually produce the cassette.
  • 1 0
 you listening hope?
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 I would hands down buy a 1 piece driver body-cassette combo to fit my hope hubs, I'm not too bothered about it going to 42 at the big side because I run a 36 up front and am pretty screwed at long techy uphills anyway, but a 10 cog at the small side would be pretty cool for coming back down too =]
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 @Xfighter @Fix-the-Spade

Exactly right, Xfighter. I can get an 11-42 right now, either with an adapter, or an 11-40 from Recon as a full cassette: I want the bigger range the the 10t gives you, in order to drop another chainring size, without dropping top speed. But I don't want to lose multi-release to do it, which means keeping Shimano. If Shimano comes out with affordable 11 speed soon (XT or ZEE) then I'd just put a SRAM cassette on there & be fine, but until that happens, I'm stuck with 10 speed, & honestly, I'd rather stay at that price point anyway.
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 One thing about Hope not mentioned - after sales is superb. They've fixed stuff for me that's years out of warranty, free of charge, no questions asked - had my stuff back in my hands within a couple of days - and I'm not alone in that, have heard lots of similar stories about how they look after customers.They're just nice people.
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 Yeah , they helped me out with an old set of enduro 4's I had , they must of been 5-6 years old at the time and I needed a caliper half for my new forks , they asked me to send the brakes in and fitted the caliper half , fitted new seals fittings and pads , rebled them and sent them back free of charge.
  • 5 0
 They really are the best components about..and have been since I started riding. In 12 years ive had more bikes than brakes..the bikes get sold and the brakes move on to the next bike..there's no other option in my eyes. The hubs could withstand a nuclear explosion and still make that sweet click. Customer service was shit hot the one time ive ever needed I crack on lads keep doing wat ya do x
  • 5 0
 I've been running Hope since I first started biking. Never really understood why other brake companies had to over complicate things, such as the process of bleeding brakes! Hope are the most reliable products I have ever used, they're reasonably priced, hassle free/easy to maintain and every product has been nothing but quality.
  • 5 0
 Hope has nothing to prove anymore, they're just the best! you can't be disapointed with Hope components.... a pure way to invest money into something so usefull and reliable !
  • 4 0
 I live and ride on Vancouver Island, BC. We receive over 5 feet of rain a year, most of which falls between November and March, which means very wet winters. I have run a Hope BB with ceramic bearings. The bearings lasted through three winters before needing replacing. The bearings in the Hope headset two years. I have three sets of Hope brakes: mini's from 2003, Race M4 and Tech 3 E4. All phenomenal brakes that require no bleeding. The only thing I do is clean and lubricate the pistons regularly. The wet organic soils found here bond to anything and everything so pistons start to stick otherwise. Their floating rotors paired with their brakes have been bullet proof and true. I've a set of Pro II Evo hubs that now have around 8,000 km of tough riding on them. Yes I've had a cracked free-hub. Yes I've had a bearing explode in the free-hub. Yet Hope have stood by their products each and every time. I even called into their factory on a trip to England to get a replacement for the free-hub c/w exploded bearing. The front hub has only needed its bearings replaced every two years and the rear once every 18 months.

I have an AM stem. Very strong, durable and great to look at. I have just bought a Hope dropper seat post clamp. Again this simple idea has solved a niggling issue with my dropper cable.

What would I like to see from Hope: Serviceable bearings similar to Chris King's. Lightweight carbon or aluminum cranks. Wide carbon rims. Direct mount chain rings. Many of the climbs here are brutally steep. For the 1 x riders, and there are many, a 28T DM chain ring paired with a 40T or 42T expander sprocket [depending on wheel size] is a must to be able to make the climbs. Carbon handlebars to compete with Race Face, Easton, Chromag and Renthal. 35 mm diameter compatible stem.
  • 3 0
 oddly, enough contrary to the above article, I had Hope C2's specced as OEM on a Marin B17 a million years ago. They never once let me down. I've always seen Hope products as the top in their game and speaking as someone who isn't caning the living daylights out of their gear season after season after season (believe me I wish I was!) I chose Hope as a brand that I can almost 'fit and forget' not literally of course, but they just keep going- or stopping in the case of the Mono's and E4's I have. To me, as I can't generally afford to try every brand out there on a whim, they make the most sense. Worth every penny imo, and it makes me happy to be supporting British industry too.
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 Many moons ago Marins and Whytes had Hope brakes and hubs as OE spec, unsurprisingly they were also some of the best selling bikes I've ever seen. For a while when the Mount Vision had XT drivetrains and Hope everything else it was brilliant, they'd come in the door and go straight out again, right price, right parts, no need for any upgrades. . Now I think it's only Orange that offer Hope parts OE, which is a bit of a shame.
  • 1 1
 orbea rallon team has hope brakes...i think.
  • 1 0
 Whyte still offer their rear hubs as well
  • 1 0
 empire cycles do too another british brand they are trying out a ti 3d printed frame at the moment too now thats cutting edge
  • 1 0
 If my memory serves me, that's when Jon Whyte / Ian Alexander were designing Marins, which would make sense them being spec'd with a British brand. Saying that, I'm not sure what the spec was over the pond around the same time.
  • 1 0
 @PimpmasterJazz yeah, you're right. The Marin I had was a 1999/2000 model. I'm sure the catalogue itself featured some tech blurb about Jon Whyte.. I remember his own bikes around that period too being pretty trick in any case.
  • 5 3
 Had a hope pro 2 evo. Blew 3 sets of freehub bearings to the point of disintegration happened about once every 4 months of riding. The main bearings are feeling pretty rough as well after a season and a half. Also cracked an aluminum free hub which was warrantied and the steel was out of stock so I couldnt upgrade. Same stuff happened to a few people I know locally as well. Got tired of this and going dt swiss. They should use needle bearings in the freehub like the single speed versions or make the freehub bearings bigger.
  • 6 0
 DT Swiss isn't going to be any better. I'd roast a set of bearings in my FR340's every couple of months. Get Chris Kings. I've been really happy with them.
  • 5 0
 I had the same thing happen to me once on an 8 month old pro 2 evo wheel I purchased online. Hope were fantastic with warranty from the other side of the world. I emailed them photo's of the damage and they sent me a new axle, bearings and upgraded steel freehub body for nothing. After reassembly I haven't had an issue since, almost a year down the track. Very impressed by that kind of service and will certainly buy again.
  • 3 2
 Yup this happened to one of my hubs, freehub body cracked and destroyed the bearings, also had a hub shell split in half. My buddy had the same thing happen. Everything thing was replaced under warranty, I still like hope their stuff is pretty good for the price and their warranty is good as well, but there are definitely better components out there, way better. I also had two sets of hope brakes a set of tech x2 and moto mono 6, both had superb modulation, but heated up fast and faded way sooner than you would expect them to, sold them both.
  • 5 0
 I've had problems with my Hope hubs in the past, even on my road bike (Pro III Mono) and Hope have stood behind their products 100% at no cost to me, even when its could be argued some of the issues were wear and tear.

Also had issues with my Hope Vision 2 lights, and Hope stood behind it 100% at no cost to me.

Excellent customer service and backup. Great to see domestic manufacturing in the UK.

In contrast, had issues with many products from other companies and been messed about or just ignored when they were legitimate warranties.
  • 3 0
 well i got hope hub on the front one of their first editions
so far 3 generations of bearings changed hub still like new
and its more than 5 years old of solid DH Wink dono about the rear
i run Formula there same shit change bearings and back to normal Smile
i have a friend who blew badly DT rear hub and went down with all the wheel
disk hub and rear triangle Smile
  • 3 1
 Going to DT Swiss to get a hub that lasts? Have I just stepped into a parallel universe?
  • 3 0
 I freed up my Ti Glide freehub riding Moab back in the day (1994) which was replaced with no fuss, back then everything fell apart and you just had to pay, so I've been a Hope fan ever since... (I still have an Uktra Lght hub too!). My latest full XX! build is Hope hooped as I kmew they'd work as well as advertised.
Let hope Hope keep up the same ethos for another 29 years!
  • 2 0
 I have a set of Pro 2's and a set of Pro 2 Evo's. The Pro's have held up great. No issues at all. Service the hub once or twice a year, nothing in 4 years. Now the Pro 2 Evo's on the other hand... I too had a freehub/bearing issue. The freehub split/cracked and not long after that a bearing in the freehub came apart. Well exploded is a better word. I bought a new steel freehub body, didn't try for a warranty. So far, (a year) the freehub bearings are smooth, but the shell bearings are very rough. Like I'm not sure how much longer they will last. I wonder if there was an axle issue, like not enough axle to keep the bearing from getting over loaded when it's cinched up in the frame. When I do get new bearings I might shim it if it's not spaced right. I bought the EVO's when they were first released and heard rumors of stainless bearing issues. Maybe I just have "that" bad batch. I won't leave Hope, something just isn't right with my rear EVO.

I do hope a Hope rep reads this post and has an answer to this issue.
  • 2 0
 That track looks awesome. I live in Barnoldswick and that's the first time I've seen a proper picture of it. It's a shame the public can't use it because I live literally 2 minutes away. Always had top treatment by Hope, they definitely still have a small firm ethos.
  • 2 0
 running hope moni mini's at the moment, alsways owned v4 or mini's always bought spares off people as there easy enough to repair parts on calipers or the levers, i bleed them every couple of years just so its fresh but other than that ill never use any other brakes
  • 2 0
 I use hope hubs, pedals, headset and trial brakes on my trial bike flawless hardly any need to service the parts and I can rely on the parts not failing on my enduro bike I have hope hubs, bb, headset, and rims and there awesome
  • 3 0
 I will say that I love my hope hubs... but I find myself hungering for faster engagement. really wish they had something on offer for that, as I may end up going away from them because of it.
  • 2 0
 I have alway used Hope Brakes on any of my bikes all the way back to 1998 when I swapped over from a set of Magura HS33 and the change was amazing, ever since then I have never looked back.
Started out with a set of C2's then the O2's, bike got stolen so lost those.
Changed disipline to Dh got some enduro 4 pots fitted to it as part of the OE spec worked brillaintly but squealed like a pig, no amount of copper grease cured that problem in the end problem solved with a 4 shims between the pistons and pads made a coke can. Loved them for the power. bike got stolen lost these.
New bike came with Hayes, hated the lever feel and swapped them out for a set of Hope's. Sold the bike kept the hope refitted the Hayes.
Now have a Santa cruz drive 8 and V10 both fitted with Hope, Driver 8 has moto mono 6's and the V10 v2's with tech levers all in team lime green
I also have a retro set of XC4's on my good ladies retro 1999 Specialized FSR elite.
Working as a bike mechanic I get to play with all the major brands (Avid Shimano Hayes etc) on a daily basis and Hope are the easiest (in my opinion) to work on and the most reliable in UK conditions. Yes you pay a premium for them, but it's worth every penny.
If you live in the UK Hope make the most sense, you can get pretty much any spare easily and the support network is superb simple as that!
  • 5 0
 Reliable, quality, look good and work well. Nuff said
  • 1 0
 It's only in the last year I have finally changed my 2005 mono 6 ti brakes for tech 3 v4 as they have performed so well.The only reason is Hope no longer makes any spares and I did not want to risk any problems when riding bikeparks abroad. What I love about Hope brakes is they are so easy to service, and you can call the factory or email them and they will talk you through any problems.They are also so easy to bleed compared to Formulas or Avids on friends bikes. The tech 3 v4,s have amazing modulation and are really powerful and performed flawlessly on recent Alps trips.I also run there hubs which have been great too.
  • 4 3
 I have plenty of hope on my bike, but sorry;
"like Stan's rims - so we might as well have our own. Actually, our rims are improved on those and actually better"
This is just not true. The hope rims are narrow and heavy.
I like the company and products, I just wish they weren't quite so cautious. They could have bought out an angleset (and done it a long time ago), their pedals were long awaited and then went against the traditional hope good value.
Get amongst it hope, you should be light on your feet and early to market.
  • 2 1
 I'd rather they took their time to a degree , rushing to market is sure fire way of missing out on any gremlins that may happen , look at avid , they love to rush shit out and look at their rep regarding brakes.
  • 1 1
 we weighed a set of the hope wheels in the shop (hope hub, hope rim, 3 cross spokes and eyeletted rim so an all round stronger wheel) and they were only a few grams than the actual weight of a flow ex (no eyelets)built with 2 cross to a hope hub....
  • 1 0
 Same width as an arch ex though.
  • 2 0
 I have used a set of hope hubs for the last 2 years or so and they have been great in almost every regard. I will propably get negpropped a lot for saying this but after a certain time the loud hub noise gets really annoying
  • 1 0
 i don't know if it's a good idea, but I put some oil in the freehub, and it makes less noise now.
  • 1 0
 When my hub get's loud I take it apart, it's usually time for new grease. I put some green Phil Wood grease in there, on both sides of the paws and it get's, well, quiet. Never be silent, but it tames it quite bit.
  • 1 0
 The problem is I use my hub on a dirtjumper and therefore I have the singlespeed version. All the tutorials on the internet on how to open hope hubs do not seem to work in my case.
  • 1 0
 It's hard to pull one of mine off. I struggle with the EVO. I think it took 10 minutes of head scratching and some swearing, but I got it off. It gets easier every time to pull it off, but it will come off.
  • 5 0
 I like Hope.
  • 3 0
 I love my pro2 evo's, cant wait to upgrade bottom bracket, and headset, maybe brakes.
  • 3 3
 I'm not trying to be a dick here, really... But if Hope brakes are so great, why does it seem like no one uses them?

I read the comment about not wanting to be an OEM part, but why haven't I seen any reviews for Hope brakes in the last few yeare?

Why don't I ever see them on used bikes in the classifieds? I see their hubs everywhere, but brakes? Not so much...

It's a serious question.
  • 21 0
 Personally speaking, I take my Hope brakes off my "old" bike, and then put whatever OEM brake came on my "new" bike onto whatever I'm selling. So as you look through the classifieds, if you see a used bike with new brakes, assume it had a set of Hopes.
  • 11 0
 PS- to the ppl here who bought my used bikes, now you know why they has new brakes. Sorry.
  • 5 0
 I have Hope brakes on my DH and my trail bike, They are awesome. Tried avids, shimano saint, and sadly a set of hayes. Hopes feel great, and never cause any trouble. I bleed them in the spring and ride all year. Pad life is also amazing.
  • 5 0
 Whenever I would tell customers that they should upgrade to Hope brakes they got this look on their face that told me "holy crap those are expensive" as soon as I told them how much it would cost. Fact is other brakes like my old XT brakes worked great, and those are generally a lot less than Hope brakes can be had for. With cheaper options still, I think most people don't think the money is worth it. None the less, I have purchased some Hope Tech 3 E4 brakes and probably won't be going back to Shimano. I'm right there with you nuttypoolog.
  • 2 0
 @MasterSlater= You are in The US of A and to be honest, you have the Likes of SRAM and SHIMANO over there on tap. HOPE is a British company that mainly has buyers lining up in the european Continent. I'm sure you can buy them over your side of the pond and with the likes of CRC shipping anywhere in the world you have many options.

Great products but as always, not everyone will love or have great experiences with certain brands. Horse's for course's.
  • 4 0
 Hey gazmataz, The US has a great Hope distribution center in Texas. Very easy to deal with. My shop in Colorado stocks Hope product.
  • 2 0
 Next time you are going to swap XT's with Hope's, I am buying your XT's.
  • 2 0
 I have never used hope, but I have a snobby buddy who will use nothing but. He swears by them and his style is the euro hopping techy stuff so he needs good brakes.
  • 2 1
 No worries NuttyPoolog. I don't fully know the distribution system as you can guess. I guess it's a brand that hasn't gone as mainstream as the US made products as of yet. I'm sure over the coming years it will become more of a household name there as it is here.
  • 3 0
 you don't see them in the classifieds, because why would you sell something that works perfectly....Avid on the other hand.....
  • 3 0
 I personally own 3 sets of hope brakes.... and absolutely love them all!!!
  • 3 0
 ...basically they're small time (by design) compared to the big brake companies, so they're just aren't as many sets floating(!) about, add to that people love their brakes so hang on to them (I sitll have my first ever set!)/
Remember these are made in England, if they wanted to go OE they'd likely have to sell out and produce them in Taiwan, so much credos to Hope for stickng to their ethos, safe business based at home works for me anyday!
  • 2 0
 I'm from the US and run Hope's and they're awesome. I bought my Tech X2 brakes in 2011 and was completely blown away with them with a 183/160mm set up. Ran Hayes and Avid and had a ride on an XT bike before that. I started with floating rotors and was blown away with modulation, no fade or pump and power was very good. Bleeding the brakes? Beautiful.. Had to flip the banjo for my brake mount location. No issues after 2500 miles..

Set up my newer bike in 2012 with a Tech M4 EVO front and X2 Evo rear, never again will I consider a different brand. That M4 is amazing, the X2 is perfect as a rear. I'm heavy, so that setup works perfect. No issues after 1500 miles..

The brakes are very rare in my neck of the woods, SE Wisconsin. I've only met one other person with Tech's. I kinda like that though. The other thing that is cool, the original Tech's have matching gunmetal hubs, rotors, res caps and levers. The Evo's have blue caps, levers, hubs and rotors.

Planning on buying new Tech 3 E4/X2 very soon. Another thing, if you get them, get the stainless lines. The braking is more consistent compared to the black lines.
  • 1 0
 Thanks for all the replies... I just may try a set of Hope brakes myself.
  • 2 2
 I wasn't all that impressed with the Mono Mini brake, been on Shimano since. Also, their hubs are quite a bit heavier than AM Classic. I'm sure Hope are more robust than AM Classic, but they haven't let me down and are user serviceable with normal tools. I'd love to use their products, but they're not quite there, a bit like Orange Bikes.
  • 2 0
 The XC4 brakes really weren't good, but Hope replaced them with minis for a fraction of the full price. best service of any bike company I know.
  • 5 0
 Loud hubs save lives.
  • 1 0
 Bought a Hope Pro II rear hub about 5 years back after dealing with sh#thub after sh#thub. I ride my bikes hard. Still going on strong with only one bearing replacement the whole time.
  • 4 0
 Hope everything
  • 3 0
 hope they give me a job one day..
  • 2 0
 I love my red mono M4's. I think hope has great looking and great products!
  • 1 0
 Are those hub bodies actually forged? I've heard its pretty hard to do aluminum forging, and it would make more sense that those were die-cast.
  • 2 0
 Aluminium forging is not hard. Many aluminium parts are forged. Shimano is forging almost everything.
  • 2 0
 Yes, I believe they are forged, then machined. Raceface forges their Atlas and Turbine cranks and then machines them.
  • 2 0
 They would'nt look like that before machining if they were casted.
  • 1 0
 I've designed some cast parts before and they look very similar to that. What are the main differences in external appearance of a cast vs. forged part? Are they forging these parts to prevent internal voids in the main bodies?
  • 2 0
 There is two massive parts around a thin section, no evidence of feeding system. And the looks of the surface.
  • 2 0
 Forging them makes the aluminium stronger with the grain of the metal aligned. I used to work in the car industry with low pressures aluminium castings, they are very soft in comparison. Think of it like a form of heat treatment that's done on frames.
  • 2 0
 Yeah totaly! I work in a commercial alu foundry an the stuff we make is dog sh#t. The amount of returns we get is ridiculous, porus castings, shrinking an blows inside the metal

Forging makes a much harder, denser piece to work with
  • 1 0
 Cool thanks for the info guys!
  • 1 0
 Got some old school hope xc hubs change the bearings last year they are flawless ....Every part is renewable and easy to maintain . Awesome
  • 1 1
 I stopped reading after the second "best on the market" claim.
Which way hope rims are better than Stan's?
They produced the only "good brake"
Low-mid range components pumped up interview.
  • 1 0
 Cool write up but Feb 2013 !!! Alot can happen in nearly 2 years. Oh and i use loads of hope gear...its mega.
  • 3 0
 C2 = awesome brakes Smile
  • 2 0
 Just remember to adjust the dials as the temps go up/down or you'll either be going nowhere or getting the "Oh F****ck!" feeling as the level pulls right to the bar!
  • 2 0
 Used to be fun riding in the alps spinning the top cap with your thumb going down as they heated up, then shittin yourself into first corner on next run as you forgot to wind them back in again lol That was back in 99. hope v2 with vented rotors now, even my kids bikes have m4's...
  • 2 0
 ive run hope since day 1. nuff said.
  • 1 0
 Can someone tell me is there a Pro II Evo SP 150mm rear hub? Because it's shown in the PDF from Hope.
  • 1 0
 Yes there is. I haven't used a 150mm, but look to be the same price as a 135mm EVO and use the same freehub.
  • 1 0
 Can you show me a picture of the 150mm hub?
  • 1 1
 You can do a search of "Hope 150mm hubs" But here is a link
  • 1 0
 @oldschool43 Do you even know what "SP" is?
  • 1 0
 Sorry, when I looked up the wiggle site originally, my wife started talking to me about some junk, so I just posted the link. Did have "Hope Pro 2 EVO SP 150mm" in the description. I just checked Hopes website, under wheels, downhill (I'll try to post the link) looks like they may have scraped the 150mm straight pull model? Says "150mm only available with standard hubs". I know I saw pictures of it though. Think CG was even using a set at one time. I'm sure if you email them, they can give you an answer. I know they went to the 40t ratchet, maybe that held it up. You could see if you can order, part No HUB136, that would be the SP shell in 150mm.
  • 1 0
 The SP hub only come in 135mm, that is what Hope said, but the PDF show that is a 150mm SP. I tried contacting Hope specifically but with no reply, but they did reply with one of my other question.
  • 1 0
 @reinforcer I did find the old 150mm SP. It was the old 4-bolt rotor design. Can't find any for sale, but here it is...
  • 1 0
 Have had Hope brakes on one of my bikes since 1999. Best brakes imho. Wheels are fantastic too.
  • 2 1
 Also, shout out to the legendary Big Un hubs. those laced to a set of 521/321's... were the stuff of my teenage dreams.

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