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Hope factory tour

Monday, February 4th, 2013 1:02pm
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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


Pool anyone?


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


More swarf


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


And more


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


Shiny


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

Headset blanks

Disc brake testing

Testing

Testing

One, two, three

More mesmerising machinery

Post-machined goodness

Oh look, more swarf

Faster than what?

Crankarm mid-mill

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

Rotor spider

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?

Yep

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

#AllTheLads

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?

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