Check out the new Hope handlebar that'll have the purists up in arms

Hope Technology are known for their shiny anodised bike bits made in Barnoldswick, Lancashire. So the new Hope Techbar on show at Core Bike was a bit of a shock. Not only is it low on colour choices (just the one shown here) and heavy on the graphics but – and this is what'll have the purists up in arms – it's made outside of the UK. Shock, horror.

Why? Hope CNC machine all their components from billet, and you can't do that with a handlebar, or at least not at a price that won't break the bank. They wanted a bar to go with their stems, seatposts and new grips – more on those over the page – and decided the best option was to design it in-house but have it made overseas. Makes sense to us. The Techbar will be available from May, for £60. Check out the pictures to find out more.

It might not be made in Blighty but the new Techbar displays Hope's usual attention to detail. Picture by James Costley-White

It might not be made in Blighty but the new 7050 alloy Techbar displays Hope's usual attention to detail

The oversize central section extends just beyond the second bend... Picture by James Costley-White

The oversize central section extends just beyond the second bend – far enough to give a noticeable stiffness boost…

... while leaving plenty of space for levers/shifters. Handy graphics help you get your controls set up right every time. Picture by James Costley-White

… while leaving plenty of space for levers/shifters. Handy graphics help you get your controls set up right every time

The 'heavy-duty' Techbar is aimed at downhillers, but at 290g we can see it appealing to aggressive trail riders too. Picture by James Costley-White

The 'heavy-duty' Techbar is aimed at downhillers, but at 290g we can see it appealing to aggressive trail riders too

It's a full 800mm wide and comes in 10, 20 and 30mm rise versions, with 5° of upsweep and 7° of backsweep. Picture by James Costley-White

It's a full 800mm wide and comes in 10, 20 and 30mm rise versions, with 5° of upsweep and 7° of backsweep

p1 Hope Techbar
p2 Hope SL lock-on grips
p3 Hope co-founder Ian Weatherill's Santa Cruz V10c