Hope Tech Unveils New & Prototype Brakes, Cranks, Rings, Hubs & More!
Hope Tech had their usual assortment of forthcoming and prototype CNC machined goodies. This year’s lineup included four-pot disc brake calipers, one-piece chainring with bash guard, new chain guides, pulley wheels, pedals and more. Click on through for the full rundown and closeup photos…
Machined from 7075 T6 aluminum alloy then hard anodized in black, gold or silver, these one-piece chainrings with bash guard are designed for 1x drivetrains and play nice with their new chainguides, below. Weights from 62g depending on tooth count. They have a 104BCD and are available with 32-33-34-35-36 teeth.
New jockey wheels are equipped with stainless steel sealed roller bearings with low contact seals for reduced drag, but with labyrinth style spacers to keep the bearings safe from muck. Claimed weight is 23g.
Their new chainguides will be available in three mounting styles (seat tube mount – 33-34g; ISCG/ISCG05 – 60-64g; and BB mount for threaded BB cups – 34g). They’re designed around the chainring bash guard combo above but should work with any single ring/guard combo.
With all this 1x drivetrain stuff, they went ahead and started work on a Driver Body freehub body for their hubs to work with SRAM’s XX1 cassette.
Their Eternity seatpost gets a new one-piece design with machined head to replace the bonded-on version from before.
The V4 is an all-new brake that replaces the V2 and becomes their top offering for DH bikes. They’re claiming it has increased stiffness for better efficiency, and the larger pads should help dissipate heat better. We’re thinking all the machined ridges act as small heat sinks, too. Best of all, with rotor, this version’s lighter than the V2!
The pedals, which were shown last year, are finally out. Platform rolls on three cartridge bearings and Norglide bushings stuck on a Cromoly spindle. Body is machined 2014 T6 aluminum alloy. Weight is 390g.
Hope’s rolled out a wide array of new wheels, including disc brake road/cyclocross hoops built with their Pro 2 Evo and Pro 2 Evo SP hubs with Mavic Open Pro or Stan’s NoTubes Alpha rims. Carbon tubular rims are also available. A Stan’s Alpha rim option will also be available on their standard road wheels.
The 29er mountain bike wheels get new rim options as well: Stan’s Flow and Mavic 719.
All Hope had to say about these was: “This is still very much a work in progress. We are playing around with several new technologies to bring the lightest, stiffest cranks to market. There are no productsion dates in place at the moment.”