Hope have been designing, developing and creating some of the best mountain bike and road components for over 25 years – we’re just back from a tour of their incredible factory and we thought we’d share with you our favourite pictures.
The reception area – with a display of the company’s products
The design room
Prototype pedals, brake levers and more!
One of the interations of Hope’s new pedals
An unfinished pedal
Mounted on one of their own crankarms
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
It’s been beautifully restored
And hangs in pride of place in the corridor
Gearing like we’ll never see again
The palatial boardroom
Hope have big plans – one of which is to build their own velodrome…
These are some of the original plans
Velodrome on top, workshop below
The view down the corridor
Which is pretty lengthy!
Hope treat their workers well – here’s part of the chill out area
What’s that bike in the distance?
Guy Martin’s battered old shorts
Here’s that bike – the one used by Martyn Ashton in Road Bike Party
The lights room
Swarf – a by-product of all the milling, drilling and extruding that goes on
All of which is recovered and recycled
Not before it’s crushed
And turned into these swarfy nuggets
All staff get at least one bike of their choosing
And unlimited bike wash!
This is where it all starts
The metal store
Ready for extrusion and milling
Hope’s founders Simon and Ian are passionate motorbike enthusiasts – here’s a restored Triumph
And Simon’s trials bike
More of those staff bikes
All these cut-offs are recycled
The machinery is as impressive as the product it makes
Calipers being made
And off the production line
We could have spent hours watching these machines at work
Don’t touch the buttons
Disc rotor spider
Hope Director Ian Weatherill takes us through the process
Creating their brand new chainring
Disc brake rotors in the mill
The jigs are made by Hope as well as the parts
A Hope hub – before and after
Hub blanks ready to be turned into another quality hub
We were all fascinated by the machinery
And the swarf – but you might have guessed that by now
Disc brake testing
One, two, three
More mesmerising machinery
Oh look, more swarf
Faster than what?
One of the Hope guys tweaks his bike for the after-work ride
They even make their own displays for bike shops
The LASER BEAM at work
These machines work 24/7 – 365
A disc brake rotor is tempered
Hot to the touch, not for this robotic arm though
As you can see…
This wasn’t set up (we don’t think) – here’s our order being processed
Heaven in a cupboard?
Hope carry out 100% inspections of their product.
Here a hub gets the treatment
Big news – Hope are developing their own line of carbon products, this is their first, a seatpost.
They’re almost at the final stage too
This is where the raw carbon material sheets are stored
Levers are polished
Bundled ready for anodising
Piled for anodising
Again, another one of our orders
Chainrings prepared to be anodised
And a load of hubs and calipers too
Dunked into the anodising bath
A tray of headsets
Here’s one being lasered
And another stem that’s just been done
Tech 3 purple
Hope staff ready for their post-work ride
Pro2 Evo hubs
The world-famous wheel room
With plenty of rims ready to go
Checking out more staff bikes
All stickered up in Hope livery
Tech 3 brakes almost ready
V4 calipers finished
More Tech 3 goodness
A finished F20 pedal
And some jockey wheels
Hubs for CRC
Tech 3 levers
The warehouse with the finished product
We/you order so much there’s a dedicated rack!
Remember all those staff bikes? There’s a dedicated workshop to fix and fettle them too…jealous much?