Hope Technology EVO Crank

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Vital Reviews the New Hope EVO Crank

Hope's versatile aluminum crankset is now both lighter and stiffer, and features a simplified spindle to crank arm interface.

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Vital Reviews the New Hope EVO Crank

When Hope got into the aluminum crank game a few years ago now, they came up with a product that had a lot going for it. It was relatively light, very strong, and it put up a good reliability record over time. It did however also have a slightly complex spindle to crank arm interface which made working on the crank a bit more involved that it perhaps needed to be. Hope took their crank back to the drawing board and came up with a new version, aptly named the EVO. It is both lighter and stiffer than its predecessor, but more importantly, it also features a vastly simplified spindle interface. Check out the video review below to see how we’ve been getting along with it after a couple of months on the trail.

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Strong and robust
  • Relatively light weight
  • Easy to

When Hope got into the aluminum crank game a few years ago now, they came up with a product that had a lot going for it. It was relatively light, very strong, and it put up a good reliability record over time. It did however also have a slightly complex spindle to crank arm interface which made working on the crank a bit more involved that it perhaps needed to be. Hope took their crank back to the drawing board and came up with a new version, aptly named the EVO. It is both lighter and stiffer than its predecessor, but more importantly, it also features a vastly simplified spindle interface. Check out the video review below to see how we’ve been getting along with it after a couple of months on the trail.

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Strong and robust
  • Relatively light weight
  • Easy to install
  • Most crank sizes and BB standards supported
  • Rated for all types of riding, up to and including DH
  • Multiple color options
  • Pricey
  • Anodized finish quick to wear off the chain ring

Hope EVO Crank Highlights

  • Updated for 2019, 15% lighter and stiffer than previous model
  • Self-extracting axle/arm interface for ease of fitting
  • Versatile Spline mount for chainring or spiderless chainrings
  • 165, 170 and 175mm length
  • 30mm oversize 7075 aluminium alloy axle
  • Arms available in black, blue, red, silver, purple and orange
  • Range of axle length options available to accommodate most bikes from XC, DH and FAT bikes
  • Weight from: 560g, (170mm Inc axle)
  • Weight: 630 grams (175mm crankarm, 73mm spindle, 32T chain ring included, verified)
  • MSRP: 235 GBP (~$325 USD)

Video Review

Features overview and our ride impressions in the video below:

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More information at: www.hopetech.com.


About The Reviewer

Johan Hjord - Age: 46 // Years Riding MTB: 14 // Weight: 190-pounds (87-kg) // Height: 6'0" (1.84m)

Johan loves bikes, which strangely doesn’t make him any better at riding them. After many years spent practicing falling off cliffs with his snowboard, he took up mountain biking in 2005. Ever since, he’s mostly been riding bikes with too much suspension travel to cover up his many flaws as a rider. His 200-pound body weight coupled with unique skill for poor line choice and clumsy landings make him an expert on durability - if parts survive Johan, they’re pretty much okay for anybody. Johan rides flat pedals with a riding style that he describes as "none" (when in actuality he rips!). Having found most trail features to be not to his liking, Johan uses much of his spare time building his own. Johan’s other accomplishments include surviving this far and helping keep the Vital Media Machine’s stoke dial firmly on 11.

Photos and video by Johan Hjord

Specifications

Product Hope Technology EVO Crank
Riding Type Cross Country, Dirt Jump / Slopestyle, Downhill, Freeride / Bike Park, Trail
Arm Material Alloy
Arm Material Details Forged and CNCed Aluminum
Arm Lengths 165, 170, 175
Bolt Pattern Spiderless, 104 BCD, double 64/104 BCD
Ring Options 9, 10, 11 and 12 speed compatible Spiderless Retainer chainrings / 26T to 36T Spider Single / 104BCD and Double 64/104BCD (with provisional room for a bash guard on all spiders)
BB Shell Widths 68/73, 83, 100
Spindle Interface Single self-extracting bolt
Colors Black, Blue, Red, Orange, Purple, Silver
Weight 1 lb 6.2 oz (630 g)
Miscellaneous Weight: 630 grams, 68/73 spindle, 175mm crankarms, verified.
Price $325
More Info

www.hopetech.com

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