The Hope HB 211 started as a concept bike. It was a design exercise, built to showcase the brand’s manufacturing capabilities. Because it was built as a one off, they weren’t constrained by current industry standards.
Learn more about the HB211 Prototype here.
Instead, they threw out the rule book and went down their own path, which was only possible because they build every component in house. Among the wildest touches on this 160mm travel 27.5 all mountain steed is the specially dished rear wheel, which uses a 17mm axle and 130mm spacing. There’s also the radial mounted rear brake and custom BB, which relies on 30mm bearings.
While some of you might be apprehensive about this approach, it’s similar to what you’ll find in the motorcycle industry. In that world, industry wide standards don’t exist. With their bike, Hope wasn’t trying to forcibly create new standards, they simply wanted to build the best bike they could. You can learn more about the work that went into building the bike in the video above.
Since the U.K.-based company first teased the project last year at Sea Otter, they’ve decided to produce a limited production run of 500 bikes a year. These bikes, now dubbed the HB.160, will only be sold through 11 U.K. dealers at launch. Next year, Hope plans on replicating that exclusive dealer model in other markets.
If you have to ask how much, this bike probably isn’t for you. We did mention that virtually all components are manufactured in the UK in limited batches, right? If you’re willing to pony up £7,500 (roughly $9600 USD), you’ll be rewarded with one of the most radically designed bikes on the market. We’ve yet to throw a leg over it, but Hope did unleash Adam Brayton into the wild to showcase its abilities. Click on the video above to see it in action.
Learn more at www.hopetechhb.com.