From our very first Ti-glide hubs launched back in 1993 we've have had a reputation for producing some of the most durable and high quality hubs on the market. This attention to detail has been carried into the new Pro 4 hub range as they are a direct development of the successful Pro 2 EVO.
Meet the people behind the Hope hubs in this edit - and see the extent of designing, testing and manufacturing which goes into each hub we sell.
Lee Fancourt is a 38 year old Gloucester man who took up cycling a few years ago to help his recovering from knee surgery after many years marathon running. Lee also represented Great Britain as a young boxer. In 2014 he succeeded in breaking the world record for cycling around the world but the record is unofficial. He managed to do this in 88 cycling days. Not including transfers/flights.
This year, Lee took on this 4,200 mile TE world cycling record to raise money for the Hollie Gazzard Charity. The start point for this incredible journey is NordKapp Norway, the most northerly point of mainland Europe. He then cycled through Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, France and finally Spain. The challenge finished at the most southerly point of mainland Europe, Punta de Tarifa in Spain.
This record previously stood at 22 days, 11 hours and 28 minutes. Lee broke this record in a time of 21 days, 14 hours and 29 minutes on Sunday 5th July 2015. As an example of what Lee achieved during this ride, the last 29 hours, 432.9 miles were ridden nonstop and included 30,305 ft. of climbing. Over the height of Mt Everest.
Lee achieved this mind boggling ride on his own, totally unsupported, sleeping rough and finding his own way. He used his road bike for the journey, which was prepared by his sponsor Slam69, a local bike shop on Gloucester Business Park, Gloucester.
Lee has also used this record ride as a warm up for the 10 world records he plans to break in 2015.
I got to know Livigno thanks to Telemark.
The first time I went there was to ski at the most famous Telemark gathering in the world, the Skieda.
And there I found myself, in an autumn day, pedaling on a bike with really big tyres. They
come from far away and they're called Fat bikes.
I'd always thought Telemark and Fat bikes had something in common and I wanted to know
what that was.
Anyone who sees Telemarkers bending their knees for the first time makes a weird expression,
is astonished and gets all curious about it. It's the same thing that happens when people see
those huge Fat tyres for the first time. The questions are always the same ones: “But can you
go anywhere with that thing there?”, “Does it make it harder to pedal uphill?”, “And is it easier
to go downhill?”, “How weird, I'd like to try it out...”
There's something else that links the two sports though: their innate freedom. They take you
away from classic skiing and classic cycling and let you travel, explore, go up and down any
I adore slowness, or better I love following my own rhythm in doing things. This means being able to perceive better the connection between me and the tool I am using.
I wanted to know whether the emotions I felt skiing in Livigno could be somehow reexperienced
on my Fat bike so I called my friend Zanna.
He lives and does Telemark skiing in Livigno. He organizes the Skieda and he loves Fat bikes as I do.
So during one weekend at the end of September, all those places, valleys, mountain huts and
alpine huts whose routes had been traced numerous times on skis were then reached by huge
tyres. We met other friends on the way, as you do when you go skiing and it was simply great
I don't know whether Telemark and Fat bikes are truly the same thing. Though I've realized that
we are the common denominator and when we visit a magic place in good company and in the
enchanting and colorful autumn sun, we can't be anything other than happy. Awfully happy.
VIDEO AND EDIT: Martino Vincenzi
TAILORED MUSIC: Paolo Spagnolo