Hope Tech is on a winning streak in the Three Peaks, with either Paul Oldham or Rob Jebb (who came second this year and last) having won the race for the last five years. It tends to use the race to showcase its components and this year was no exception.
This season, Hope’s riders are using the Scott Addict CX cyclocross frame. Scott claims that it’s the lightest cyclocross frameset available, with a frame weight of 890g and a 390g fork. We have an Addict CX10 in for test at the moment and the standard spec comes out at 7.73kg for a size 54cm.
As in last year’s race, Oldham used SRAM’s Force 1 single ring drivetrain. There’s a Force chainset with carbon cranks and he used Shimano XTR pedals. The chainring has 36 teeth and comes from Hope, while there’s a Hope 10-40 cassette.
Oldham’s wheel choice was decidedly retro. He ran Stan’s Alpha 400 rims on Hope’s own Pro4 hubs, with J-bend rather than straight-pull spokes and six bolt disc rotors. They were shod with Schwalbe G-One 35mm tyres, complete with inner tubes.
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The most interesting component of the build is its braking though. The SRAM Force 1 groupset comes with hydraulic brakes. But Hope has subbed out the SRAM calipers for its new RX4 model, which was launched at this year’s Eurobike. It’s a four piston design which works with both Shimano and SRAM hydraulic brake systems. Hope says it increases piston retraction, so reducing the chance of disc rub.
With lots of long downhills Oldham ran crosstop levers too, as he did last year. Whereas last year he used mechanical shifters with Hope’s V-Twin mechanical to hydraulic converter, this time round his bike was fitted with new Hope prototype hydraulic bar top brake levers and standard SRAM Force 1 shifters.
The bike’s stem comes from Deda with Zipp Service Course SL 44cm bars and Oldham also used a Fabric Team Scoop Pro Shallow saddle on a Hope carbon seatpost on his winning ride.
All photos courtesy of Hope