Fans of Hope Technology, the Yorkshire born-and-bred components manufacturer, have long been anticipating the release of the bike that the company has tantalised and teased for months, and it’s finally ready to go.

BikeRadar was among the first to take the bike for an Alpine ride and let you know if the wait has been worth it.

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First things first. The HB.160 (AKA the HB211, the name of the project behind the development of the bike) doesn’t represent a new direction for the established component manufacturer or a move to bike-manufacturing world domination.

Rather, the bike is the culmination of the vision of Hope founders Ian Weatherill and the sadly departed Simon Sharp, who wanted to realise their dream of creating a full bike.

The Hope HB.160 is that bike; a 160mm-travel 27.5 all-mountain/trail bike with carbon frame and as much colourful Hope componentry adorning the stealthy carbon-black frame as is possible to squeeze on.

The HB.160 will be available in strictly limited numbers via a select few retailers from September 2017.

It was in the really tight turns that the HB.160 really felt at home