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Hope Eliminates Hub Standard Compatibility Issues with new Futureproof Hubs

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It appears that consumers aren’t the only ones flustered by all of the new hub spacings. The need to continually modify products to fit the latest crop of bikes and increasing number of SKUs is enough to drive any component manufacturer a bit crazy. After introducing a few new hub options at Frostbike, Hope thinks they have the answer to any future developments with their Futureproof Hubset. Instead of using end caps to match up with different width axles, the Futureproof hubs actually expand the inner section of hub shell with air pressure. The system provides the advantages of wider flange spacing from a single hub, all the way up to 200mm wide.

Yes, the Futureproof Hubs are the new Reebok Pump of mountain biking…

With the growing number of rear frame widths being launched and frustration in the market we identified a need for a future proof rear hub. After several ideas were tested the final solution proved to be very simple. Inspired by the infinite adjustability of “pump” trainers from Reebok we fitted an expanding air cylinder inside the hub. This cylinder allows the hub to be adjusted to fit all current and future width standards.

The Barometric Uni-Laterally Level Structured Horizontal Internal Tube forms the basis for our patented design. This unit is built into the central section of our iconic Pro2 hub and the user simply inflates it until the desired width is achieved. The hubs are designed to suit all frames from 130 to 200mm widths. One current restriction when using conventional spokes is that the wheel must be rebuilt if the hub width is altered although we are also working on a new semi-elastic spoke which will allow for the widening of the flanges with changing spokes.

During the research we also discovered an additional benefit when installing this new hub. If the hub is inflated with helium we can also reduce to overall weight of the hub. We see these new hubs as a genuine “fix all” solution to the current minefield that surrounds bicycle frame design.

hopetech.com

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Sam Zam
Sam Zam
7 years ago

that looks total cool.. gonna totally upgrade, I am always looking for ways to lighten my ride. (gotta get earlier in the morning to fool us!)

Pistolero
Pistolero
7 years ago

hahahahahahahahah good one

Dave B
Dave B
7 years ago

Work out the initials of their name for this new “innovation”. Welcome to April.

David
David
7 years ago

Awww – I was hoping for the video to give more details on the B.U.L.L.S.H.I.T. For instance, how do they plan on keeping heat buildup in the rotor from lengthening the hub and pre-loading the bearings excessively? Guess that’s just what you get when it’s a lot of hot air…

Tom
Tom
7 years ago

Stupid. It needs to be hydraulic. Everybody knows air is a compressible fluid.

Myke
Myke
7 years ago

April fools guys!

Patrick
Patrick
7 years ago

I love it. I love it. I love it.

Colin
Colin
7 years ago

It needs to come with an adapter for that “new style European valve” in the middle.

mateo
mateo
7 years ago

Great!

Veganpotter
Veganpotter
7 years ago

I’d love to ride my Road ProII hubs on a 200mm fat road bike. All you need are tons of washers and a 215mm long skewer.

Jean DUFOUR
Jean DUFOUR
7 years ago

In France we say “poisson d’Avril” ;o)))))

Alex
Alex
7 years ago

The irony is that Hope hubs are already incredibly modular and adaptable.

Steve J.
Steve J.
7 years ago

Very good April Fool’s joke ! LOL Ha, Ha, Ha ! XD

frank
frank
7 years ago

nice fish ! 🙂

Champs
Champs
7 years ago

I know we all dream of a single wheelset to do it all, but this isn’t it.

No telescoping flanges. How am I supposed to get even spoke length and bracing angles?

Lousy drilling. If it were 288h you could at least run it 24 spoke for XC raceday, double it up to 48h for aggro gravity rides, and lace it up to an everyday 32h just a couple hours later.

Even hongfu junk is better than this. STUPID.

reza
reza
7 years ago

April 1 LOL

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