Based on the headline you’d be forgiven for thinking we’re getting excited about the new Star Wars movie, scheduled for release at Christmas. Actually we’re talking about Hope Technology, the awesome home-grown component manufacturer, and one of the latest brands to be stocked at Cloud 9 Cycles.
Hope was established in the ‘80s by Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp. Originally they made tools and fixtures for the aerospace industry. So far, so non-cycling related. It wasn’t till the founders started making disc brakes for their personal mountain bikes that they cottoned on to just how big manufacturing parts for the cycling world could be. The chaps quickly expanded into making all sorts of bike componentry and by 2000 the company had dispensed with any kind of aerospace work – focusing entirely on wheeled, rather than winged machines.
In 2015 Hope makes virtually every part of the modern bicycle you can imagine, except, for now at least, the frame itself (there are rumours and rumblings from within the Hope camp that this maybe about to change too). We’re happy to say you can get any Hope part you need through us, and we often include their components on our own custom builds.
The brand has also just announced its first commercially-available carbon component at this year’s Eurobike, a fixed seat post that you can get your hands on in January ’16. Impressively for carbon kit, which is nearly always outsourced abroad, the Hope seat post is 100% designed, tested and manufactured in Barnoldswick, England.
As well as a commitment to making the best bike parts possible right here in the United Kingdom, Hope is also dedicated to supporting some of the UK’s best talent in Downhill, Enduro, CX and Trials riding. Most notably, they’ve been behind Danny MacAskill since before he rocketed to international attention. Note their logo at the end of this, Danny’s breakthrough vid.
Check out their site for some more absolutely rad photos of the development of Hope throughout the decades and check their full product offering – which we can sell you ;-)
Images taken from HopeTech.com.