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Spotted: Hope Tech Testing out New 3 Gear Cassette Adapter Cluster?

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Instagram is tricky. Most of the time it’s filled with incredible photos of things you wish you could be doing, filters, and hashtags. Sometimes though, a company might try to sneak in an Easter egg or two, and slip in something new right before your eyes. We’re not quite sure, but it seems that may be what Hope Tech is up to after a tip from a reader led us to this photo of their factory pop up shop.

While the focus is clearly on the bays of impressive machinery and beautiful parts laid out on the work bench, we’re more interested in that cassette up front. At Interbike 2010, Hope showed off a one piece cassette/freehub that had promise. After that, they introduced their 40 T-Rex single ring cassette adapter. Looking at the photo though, it appears to be a 3 gear cassette adapter similar to parts we’ve seen from Leonardi, and Absolute Black. If our assumptions are correct, the cluster of 3 green cogs would replace the outer cluster on a Shimano cassette making a smooth transition into the lower gears. More when we have it…

Update after the jump…

According to Hope, as commenters have pointed out it is indeed their new 10-40t rear 10 speed cassette that was shown at Corebike. Combining the seven lower sprockets made from a single piece of stainless steel with the upper 3 sprockets individually machined from aluminum, the cassette will be a true wide range option without an adapter. Compared to modifying a standard cassette, all the gear jumps are less than 20% , and the lower 7 speeds can be used as a DH cassette with the addition of a spacer.

Thanks for the tip Rasmus!

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Andy
Andy
7 years ago

Is it not the 10 speed freehub they’ve been working on for a while?

Mark
Mark
7 years ago

Looks like the contents of the booth for the London Bike Show…

http://singletrackworld.com/2015/02/london-bike-show-once-around-the-floor/

pdxfixed
pdxfixed
7 years ago

It’s a 10-40 cassette/freehub combo they showed last month at CORE Bike.

pdxfixed
pdxfixed
7 years ago

Also, the top 3 gears can optionally be swapped out for a DH adapter, similar to that OneUp job that everyone was flipping out about.

Callum
Callum
7 years ago

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/core-bike-2015-randoms.html
Come on bikerumor, the details were covered on it a while ago… January 27th to be exact

groghunter
groghunter
7 years ago

“the green cluster*”

*cluster will not be available in green, because you aren’t sponsored.

whatagreatidea
whatagreatidea
7 years ago

What the world needs is more anodized aluminium cassette sprockets. The bigger the better, should wear nice and slowly with all that torque.

Adam
7 years ago

To venture a guess here, this is more than just a smooth transition adapter.

It’s an adapter that would allow you to convert a 10s mtb cassette into a 11s MTB that still fits on a traditional 8/9/10s freehud body.

The new Shimano XTR 9000 11s cassette fits in traditional freehub body because the 11th (40T) cog “bends” towards the spokes.

Surely Hope is capable of machining a cluster that does the same thing, no?

Eric Hansen
Eric Hansen
7 years ago

The 36t > 42t jump already IS smooth. You don’t get even ratio changes by jumping up one tooth each cog, you jump more teeth as the total number of teeth on a sprocket increases. Any lack of ‘smoothness’ is found where you delete the cog to fit your big ring, but OneUp has already solved that as best as is possible. I like Hope, but often they make a product in search of a problem.

Eric Hansen
Eric Hansen
7 years ago

It isn’t an 11s adapter spider for several reasons. If it were an 11s adapter it would necessarily have 4 cogs on the back spider. It is furthermore impossible since the distance between each cog shrinks between Dyna-Sys 10 speed and M9000 cassettes.

Also, you can count all 10 cogs on that cassette.

ascar larkinyar
ascar larkinyar
7 years ago

why why why?

1×10/11 is heavier and more expensive both in cost and to replace than a proven already used 3×9
industry is trying to sell products that cost more.

the only advantage is that frame builders can shorten the chainstay length. but my karate monkey works fine with a 3×9 gear

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