Hope's HB.211 set for a public release
Could we see it before the end of the year?
Hope has announced it will be making the long-awaited HB.211 enduro bike available to the public for the first time.
Due to massive customer demand, the bike will be brought to production and current versions are looking as tasty as ever. Hope is tentatively hoping for a Eurobike release date, but they're far more bothered about getting the bike to a state of perfection than rushing it out for a trade show. If it isn't ready it won't be released.
The bike will be manufactured on a very limited run with roughly four being produced a week. To begin with only large and medium frames will be built.
Due to the number of proprietary standards, Hope will not be offering a frame only option, there's not really any point. Although the bike pictured here comes with Ohlins suspension, Fox is the more likely build kit on release day. As for the price, well obviously it won't come cheap.
There's no fixed mark yet but the £8.5k figure was floating around the Core Bike lobby. Like everything Hope, it's built in house and even the British carbon fibre is woven ten miles away in Burnely. It's a true labour of love that reflects in both the finished product and the price.
Will it be the only bike Hope makes? For now, yes. But there are hopes of more to come (a short travel 29er was suggested, but we're talking in the very long term if it arrives at all)
Also from Hope
The HB.211 wasn't the only thing Hope had to display at Core Bike. The carbon bars we've seen in production for a number of years are nearing release. With a 780mm width and 20mm rise they should be right up the street of enduro and gravity riders. Expect to be able to order them come April.
Finally, Hope has released an oval retainer chain ring and added a 48T version of its cassette.