Advertisement

Sign up for our newsletter

Advertisement

Hope Team GB track bike available now starting at £15,550

Joe Robinson
20 Dec 2019

A full build will cost you around £25,000 plus VAT

The groundbreaking Hope HB.T track bike that Great Britain believes will guide them the Olympic success in Tokyo next summer has gone on sale, and will cost you an eye-watering £15,550 plus VAT... and that's just for the frame.

Hope Technology developed the unique bike alongside car manufacturer Lotus, unveiling the project in October. It has now put the range of bikes on sale at an almighty price.

For a standard frameset which includes the seatpost, fork and stem, you'll be looking at that £15,550 price tag. The Pursuit frameset will come with the handlebar, too, and will cost £17,100 plus VAT.

For an extra £1,100, you can swap out the standard stem for the integrated setup. And if you want to go full-bore with the fully integrated cockpit, you'll have to lay down a cool £19,600.

Hope is also retailing the wheels set to be used by Team GB with the rear and front disc costing £2,450 and £2,100 respectively. There is also the option of a front tri-spoke costing £2,250.

This means for a top-spec full build, you will be looking at forking out a total of £24,300 plus VAT.

With such a price tag, numbers are limited as Hope is producing each frame to order. There is also the matter of a £5,000 deposit, to make sure you are a genuine buyer. Orders can be made at order@hopetech.com.

The bike has already been used by the GB track team at track World Cups and will be the ride of choice at next summer's Olympics. 

Developers Hope and Lotus believe the bike is pioneering a breakthrough in aerodynamics with this new look.

The uniqueness of this bike comes from the wide seatstays and forks that have been designed in order to work more efficiently with the rider on board, something Hope explained to Cyclist recently. 

‘You can design a very effective aero bike, but chuck a rider on it and it ruins everything,’ says Sam Pendred, Hope’s lead design engineer on the project. 

‘We’ve considered the design as if the rider and bike are a single unit. The seatstays are in line with the rider results in a greater aero package. While it’s hard to be certain, we would say our bike is 2-3% more aerodynamically efficient.’

Read more about: