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CORE Bike: Hope HB.916 High-Pivot Enduro MTB Unveiled

The secret has been out for a long while now; Hope has a new enduro race bike in the works, and it has a high-pivot…

Wednesday, Mar 23

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The secret has been out for a long while now; Hope has a new enduro race bike in the works, and it has a high-pivot suspension platform. We spotted a prototype at EWS Tweed Valley last season; the bike of Ian Austermuhle who took 2nd place in the Master’s Cat. That bike featured an alloy rear end, updated now to a carbon swingarm on the three HB.916 bikes we saw at CORE Bike.

Finally, we are able to share with you all the details on this UK made high-pivot enduro bike. Hope engineer, Sam Gibbs, gave us the low-down. Hope HB.916 Enduro Race Bike

The HB.916 was designed as an out-and-out race bike, longer, slacker and faster than the HB.160 that came before it. Yes, it’s a high-pivot, but by no means the highest we’ve seen. Designer Sam Gibbs describes it as a “semi” high-pivot, the location of which has been tweaked through multiple iterations, tested by their team riders (including Joe Barnes) before arriving at what you see here. Hope had a Maxxis Minion DHR II 2.4″ Wide Trail on the HB.916, but there was additional space to fit a 2.5″ if you wanted to go wider The linkage delivers 170mm of rear wheel travel, sending the axle rearwards through around 2/3 of the travel increasing the rear-centre length by 9.5mm before coming forward again by around 4mm toward the end of the travel.

Sam tells us this helps to keep the bike balanced for when you’re really hammering on, […]

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