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THE FACTORY OF HOOPE

HOPE TECHNOLOGY REMAINS A SUCCESS DESPITE RELYING ON OLD-FASHIONED THINGS LIKE DOMESTIC MANUFACTURING, MINIMAL OUTSOURCING, COMPANY BICYCLES, HAPPY, LOYAL STAFF AND LOTS OF TEA. SAM NEEDHAM TAKES CAMERA AND CUPPA AND FINDS OUT MORE.

Hope Technology

Squeezed between the rolling flanks of the Yorkshire Dales and the mighty Trough Of Bowland lies a sleepy town with one of the longest place names in the UK to not repeat any letters. By the hair on its very feet, Barnoldswick tiptoes just within the Lancashire border, and over time has become a pocket of industry thanks to Esse Stoves, Rolls Royce, Silentnight beds and of course, the bright and colourful company we all know so well: Hope Technology.

Precision products require a precise production environment. Tick.

A Small History

Swing back to 1985: a year of great things. Microsoft released its first ever incarnation of Windows in hope of achieving global frustration for years to come and the movie ‘Back To The Future’ was born, inspiring wild imaginings of what 2015 might just look like. Beyond the hover boards and angered PC users sat two friends, Ian Weatherill and Simon Sharp in their fancy new ‘shed’. They’d just left their positions at Rolls Royce to start IPCO, their very own engineering firm. Aside from tinkering in their shed and making jigs and fixtures for local aerospace companies, both Ian and Simon had (and still have) a passion for motorcycle trials alongside riding bikes. In fact, Ian once won the Junior National Motorcycle Trials Championships and Simon, well, you can still see Simon making an appearance at the infamous Scotland Scottish Six Day trials.

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Here at Singletrack Towers, Wordsworth's words on the death of his son perhaps capture some of our feelings on Jenn's death: ...he is taken from me—yet in the agony of my spirit in surrendering such a treasure I feel a thousand times richer than if I had never possessed it. We've tried to do as Jenn would have wanted, and got on with doing what we do in every issue: bring you an array of adventures, features and product reviews to inspire you to ride your way through the winter. However in this issue we also pay tribute to Jenn and hope that it gives you that extra bit of oomph to get out there and get doing. We bring you: Singletrack Heroes - it could only be our own Jenn. Written by her husband Tom Hill. The Great Divide - one of Jenn's most popular articles, and one of her many amazing riding feats. We reprint this article in full. Mark's Mountain - Mark says 'no more maybe tomorrow' and heads of to the Alps to go up, up and up... The Matterhorn - Swiss cheese and chocolate pale into insignificance as Daniel Klawczyński finds himself face to face with the mighty Matterhorn. We join him as he explores the epic trails on all sides of this classic mountain. We Work Here - Hope​ Technology​ - Go green with envy as Hopetech invites Sam Needham to tour ​its factory. 24HR Pedal People - Chipps takes a look at the sleep deprived world of 24​hr​ racing​ and how it has evolved over the years​. He gets advice from the experts, including Guy Martin and Jason Miles, and puts their knowledge into practice​ by pitting for a soloist rather than riding for a change. ​ Classic Ride - Rachel Sokal and Olly Townsend head to Nottinghamshire to bring us a classic ride full of ​a​utumn ​c​olour. Bike Test: The Middle Ground - Bikes with 130-150mm rear shock travel. Where do they fit? Are they neither here nor there, or is this a happy medium? Low Carbon Adventure - Chipps and Beate go on holiday without costing the earth.
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