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2021 Hope HB.130 gets a mullet conversion kit, boost rear end, new Factory Racing spec

2021 hope hb.130 gets boost spacing rear end mullet conversion kit factory racing spec paint job
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Only the second bike to leave the Hope Tech factory in Barnoldswick, England is the HB.130. We’ve had the pleasure of riding this very capable 130mm carbon trail bike in both the Scottish Highlands and Tuscany, Italy – you can check out Zach’s first ride review here. For this model year Hope have left the modern trail geometry untouched. Major changes include a boost rear end, the option to run mullet with a revised rocker, and a fancy Factory Racing paint job with updated specs. Here’s an overview of the 2021 Hope HB.130.

Riding the Hope HB.130 on Trail Brothers’ singletrack at Winter Bike Connection. Photo by Rupert Fowler.

2021 Hope HB.130

That new paint job is very, very Hope. Striking green blocks complement the green anodised pivot bolt and bottom bracket caps. It replicates the quality finish seen on the Hope Tech team bikes. The Factory Racing finish comes with an updated parts list including an Ohlins TTX Coil Shock and 140mm travel RXF M2 Fork.

2021 hope hb.130 trail bike 130mm rear wheel travel mullet option

While the geometry remains unchanged, Hope have taken the decision to switch from the previous HB specific 130mm x 17mm hub spacing to the industry standard 148mm x 12mm boost spacing. This is great news from a consumer point of view. Why? Because it gives you way more options for wheel upgrades and if your rear wheel blows up on a trip, you’ll not have any bother finding a replacement quickly.

2021 hope hb.130 factory racing spec ohlins ttx coil shock

An exciting update is the option to run the 2021 Hope HB.130 mullet-style, switching out the 29″ rear wheel for a 27.5″. Hope offer a conversion kit which includes a revised rocker, a 27.5″ Hope Fortus 26 rear wheel and a Maxxis High Roller tire. Hope say the Mullet Kit allows the rider more control and maneuverability on tight and twisty trails while keeping the pedaling position the same.  

hb130 factory racing spec 2021 ohlins build kit

Pricing & Availability

2021 hope hb.130 gets boost spacing rear end mullet conversion kit factory racing spec paint job

Hope are offering the 2021 HB.130 in two builds. The Factory Racing model will set you back £7299.99. It gets the aforementioned Ohlins suspension, SRAM X01 group with carbon cranks, 2021 Fox Transfer dropper post and Hope Tech E3 Factory Racing stoppers with anodised green pistons.

2021 hope hb.130 fox factory spec

The 2021 Hope HB.130 non-Factory Racing build will set you back £6299.99. It gets a new 140mm travel Fox 36 Factory fork with GRIP2 damper and DPX Factory shock. Further updates to the spec list include a 2021 Fox Transfer Factory dropper post, SRAM X01 group with carbon cranks and DMR Deathgrips. 

Each HB.130 is built to order and usually takes around 4-5 weeks to deliver. The 2021 bikes are now available to pre-order with the first bikes delivered early November. 


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3 years ago

minus the weird hub standard is this really the same quirky bike. might as well just buy a santa cruz or something similar

Chris E
Chris E
3 years ago
Reply to  bmx

I think the adoption of a standard rear wheel makes this helps attractive.

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