Hope RX road/gravel chainset review

Hope's new hollow construction creates a unique, machine-sculpted crank but how does it compare to more costly carbon options?

Hope RX Chainset
(Image: © Guy Kesteven)

Cyclingnews Verdict

Lovely to look at, light and stiff enough to be a proper performance upgrade and backed up with excellent bearings and fantastic factory support


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    Stiff enough and very light for alloy

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    Fits almost any bike

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    Excellent chainring and bearing durability

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    Reasonable price for UK made, machine sculpted beauty and back up


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    Not as light as carbon (but not as expensive either)

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Hope has been doing chainsets for a while, but they've been relatively simple designs carved from single-billet setups with reasonable stiffness and weight. The RX is their first hollow crank, however, and actually takes tech from their carbon-construction department.

Essentially, they're made from two cold-forged and machined halves, of which the inner section is then machined out further to create a sort of 'coffin', which sits upside down in the pocket of the outer section. Each piece also has tiny spacers and flow channels built into the construction so that when they flow the bonding epoxy in, it penetrates consistently through the whole structure. Then they're cured to harden the epoxy, and machined again for a final smooth finish before being anodised in one of six different colours and then laser etched.

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