Hope Stainless Steel bottom bracket review

New external bottom bracket looks like another Lancashire longevity winner

Our rating 
4.8 out of 5 star rating 4.8
GBP £65.00 RRP
Hope Stainless Steel bottom bracket

Our review

A great transmission investment, with superb smoothness and sealing so far
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The new Hope external bottom bracket looks like another Lancashire longevity winner. Sick of short-lived external bottom brackets on their own bikes, Hope have taken all they know about wheel seals and bearings (which is a hell of a lot) and put it into this new bottom bracket

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Upscaled versions of Hope’s legendary Pro 2 and 3 hub labyrinth seals  stop shit getting in from outside, with O-ring seals on the internal alloy tube too. 

Behind these are custom stainless steel units from INA (who do all Hope’s bearings) with even smoother, longer running ceramic options (£95) and Truvativ-compatible versions available soon. Full installation instructions are laser etched onto the cups and sleeve, and they come in a wide range of anodised colours.

We’ve had our sample running since November through a seriously wet and nasty northern winter – easily enough to kill most other external BBs. The Hope is still spinning silk smooth with no hint of pop, grind or grumble.

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While the initial price might seem high compared to other disposable units, the bearings are easily replaceable when they do eventually wear out. We’ll be back with a long-term test to see exactly how long that takes – we reckon it’ll be a fair while yet though. 

Product Specifications

Product

Name Stainless Steel BB
Brand Hope Technology

Features Aluminium cups which hold either full stainless steel cartridge bearings, or ceramic bearings in stainless races.
Available Colours Black Blue Gold Gunmetal Red Silver