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Hope Head Doctor

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Item #: HS703Y00
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Hopes Head Doctor offers an elegant alternative to the traditional top cap and star nut system. The CNC cap and expanding wedge are ideally suited for all forks, including carbon models. Fits 1 1/8" threadless forks, 29 grams.
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Hope TechnologyHope Head Doctor
 
3.2

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (3)
  • Lightweight (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid cyclist (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Worked perfectly!

I wanted an alternative to a star nut and this worked flawlessly! I followed the instructional video on youtube and it just slid right in. There is a rubber ring that prevent it from...Read complete review

I wanted an alternative to a star nut and this worked flawlessly! I followed the instructional video on youtube and it just slid right in. There is a rubber ring that prevent it from just falling straight through, and lets you position it. Then you just tighten it up and it expands to fit the tube.

Another great bonus, is that the thread for the cap seems to be identical to a standard star nut. I preferred the top cap that came with my bike, so I just screwed that into the head doctor.

Notes:
1. I measured the inside diameter of my steerer tube (1 1/8") it and is right around 1" and this fit well. If the inside diameter was a little tighter you should still be able to squeeze it in. So if you have a alloy tube with thicker walls you might have a harder time fitting it.

2. Follow the instructional video. You need to loosen the expanding bolt slightly before inserting it. Or you might run into fit problems like other people had. You should not need a mallet to insert it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Never got it to work

I buy a lot of hope products I have never had any issues with their quality. I was really interested in an alternative to the star-nut set up and this caught my attention. The...Read complete review

I buy a lot of hope products I have never had any issues with their quality. I was really interested in an alternative to the star-nut set up and this caught my attention. The product looks well made, however it would bearly fit into the stem of my Fox FIT RC2 TALAS fork (180). It had to use a mallet to get it set. Once it was in, the bolt (which is lightweight aluminum) would not thread in. Upon inspection, I noticed that the threads where all jacked up. I cannot tell is the machine work was done poorly or if the insert buggered up the works. I never got the bolt in further than 3/8", hand tightened, so I suspect that it was either defective or I was sent a return. Either way, the cost was not high enough for me to want to return it. Odd thing is, I like the idea and would consider trying it again, only because I think the one I got was defective.

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5.0

Worked perfectly!

By Nick

from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about Hope Technology Hope Head Doctor:

I wanted an alternative to a star nut and this worked flawlessly! I followed the instructional video on youtube and it just slid right in. There is a rubber ring that prevent it from just falling straight through, and lets you position it. Then you just tighten it up and it expands to fit the tube.

Another great bonus, is that the thread for the cap seems to be identical to a standard star nut. I preferred the top cap that came with my bike, so I just screwed that into the head doctor.

Notes:
1. I measured the inside diameter of my steerer tube (1 1/8") it and is right around 1" and this fit well. If the inside diameter was a little tighter you should still be able to squeeze it in. So if you have a alloy tube with thicker walls you might have a harder time fitting it.

2. Follow the instructional video. You need to loosen the expanding bolt slightly before inserting it. Or you might run into fit problems like other people had. You should not need a mallet to insert it.

 
5.0

Best $22 I've Ever Spent!

By Desert Diesel

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Avid Cyclist

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Durable
  • Easy To Install
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No instructions

Best Uses

  • Mountain Biking
  • Upgrade

Comments about Hope Technology Hope Head Doctor:

This device works brilliantly. A set of instructions likely would have headed off many of the negative reviews. I found it very easy to install after spending a couple of minutes completely disassembling it to make sure I understood how it worked.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No
 
1.0

No room to expand!

By M. Roadster

from Gunnison, Colorado

About Me Avid Cyclist

Pros

  • Nicely Machined

Cons

  • Difficult To Install
  • Limited Compatibility

Best Uses

    Comments about Hope Technology Hope Head Doctor:

    This product is oversized from the get go. Purchased it for a 1 1/8" carbon fiber road fork. No way to make it work unless you are a machinist. Even then, do not bother. Solution, buy an FSA and reassemble your bike in Five minutes!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Cool product

    By AlexK

    from SLC, UT

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Easy To Install
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Upgrade

      Comments about Hope Technology Hope Head Doctor:

      Cool product - I have a star-nut setter, but when you're still figuring out steerer tube length, use this instead. Also, you can remove it easily and transfer it to a different bicycle if needed.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      3.0

      maybe worth it?

      By Jbat

      from Monterey, CA

      Pros

      • Easy to use
      • great concept
      • Looks great

      Cons

      • Had To Machine Down
      • Seems To Have Fit Issues

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hope Technology Hope Head Doctor:

        I don't know why but this would not fit in the steerer of my fox 40 with Risse clamps. Maybe the Risse steerer is thicker? I don't know but I spent 2 hours machining the tapered spacers down to make it all fit and work, now that it is in there it seems to work fine.

         
        1.0

        Never got it to work

        By SlappyMcStabby

        from Boston, MA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • I like the name
        • looks cool

        Cons

        • Weak
        • Would not work

        Best Uses

        • Paper weight
        • Toss in recycle bin

        Comments about Hope Technology Hope Head Doctor:

        I buy a lot of hope products I have never had any issues with their quality. I was really interested in an alternative to the star-nut set up and this caught my attention. The product looks well made, however it would bearly fit into the stem of my Fox FIT RC2 TALAS fork (180). It had to use a mallet to get it set. Once it was in, the bolt (which is lightweight aluminum) would not thread in. Upon inspection, I noticed that the threads where all jacked up. I cannot tell is the machine work was done poorly or if the insert buggered up the works. I never got the bolt in further than 3/8", hand tightened, so I suspect that it was either defective or I was sent a return. Either way, the cost was not high enough for me to want to return it. Odd thing is, I like the idea and would consider trying it again, only because I think the one I got was defective.

        Service and delivery comments:

        service was top notch as usual.
        If the unit I got was in fact a return or defective, I would not be as pleased with the Jenson service or Hope (if defective). I cannot prove it either way, so I will not knock either company.

        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great Procuct

        By Anthony 26

        from Escondido, ca

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy install and removal
        • Keeps headset very secure
        • Light

        Cons

        • Weak top bolt

        Best Uses

        • Anything

        Comments about Hope Technology Hope Head Doctor:

        I used this product after using a bolt, nut, and washers from[@] as a headset clamp basically. I've been using it for a month and it's been great, no hastle, and very easy to use. The only problem I had was the top bolt sneered off from too much torque, but I just screwed it out from the bottom and installed a stronger bolt.

         
        4.0

        Works fine

        By Jeff

        from Oz

        Verified Reviewer

        Comments about Hope Technology Hope Head Doctor:

        I'm not sure why other people are having trouble with this, but I found it dead easy to use.

        Not really any better than a star fangled nut, but it's pretty and still effective.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I have one installed...

        By Kelly

        from Peoria Il

        Comments about Hope Technology Hope Head Doctor:

        I have one installed on a Marzocchi fork and it works great! It has not came loose and headset preload is easy! Trust me it is worth the money. Get one with your next fork purchase!

        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        THE worst thing hope...

        By Oscar

        from Sweden. Sthlm.

        Comments about Hope Technology Hope Head Doctor:

        THE worst thing hope ever made. don't buy it. you'll regret it! if you want something special go with the woodman headlocks. works SO MUCH BETTER!

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