This week, we take to the trails with Hope’s new enduro mountain bike , the HB.916.
A radical departure from the HB.160 , the new bike moves to a high-pivot design . It features 170mm of suspension travel at the front and 160mm out back.
Hope says the bike is designed for enduro racing , from short, two-minute stages to longer sections on more varied terrain.
Let’s take a closer look at the bike. A high-pivot enduro muncher
The HB.916 is produced in Hope’s Barnoldswick factory and its full-carbon front triangle is claimed to be constructed from one piece.
The rear triangle has an interesting design, combining carbon chainstays and seatstays with aluminium rockers, bridges and pivot locations. The carbon of the stays is bonded to the aluminium just underneath the bridge.
The frame features internal cable routing, with foam sleeves run over the cable outers to prevent them rattling inside the frame. Rubber protection is utilised on the underside of the down tube from where it meets the bottom bracket to about a third of the way up the tube, the driveside chainstay and on the inside face of the driveside seatstay.The HB.916 also features down tube storage, which Hope calls its ‘Butty Box’. The frame ships with a pouch that can store valuables to avoid fouling the internally routed cables. A lever is rotated to unlock access to the Butty Box.The frame can also accept a water bottle inside the front triangle and its maximum tyre clearance is rated to 29×2.6in.The frame […]