There's only one way to do the job right. You have to use the proper tool for the job and the right tool to install or remove a Hope 30mm Bottom Bracket, is the Hope 30mm Threaded Bottom Bracket tool. Who else knows more than the manufacturer themselves when it comes to maintaining their components?
It works, but.... Compared to other BB tools, this feels like the tools that come free of charge with your home assembly furniture. It's thin and has sharp edges. At that quality level, it should be included free of charge with the BB. Rather than the full ring, it should have an opening in the 10 to 1 o'clock position so it can clear the chain stays of certain bikes. I ended up having to deflate the shock for it to go onto the BB. This would require it to be built much stronger though.
This is the tool specific to installing a Hope 68/73mm 30mm Bottom Bracket. It seems difficult to find in stock and I bought mine before I even bought the bottom bracket for my new build. It's relatively inexpensive, and completely necessary. There is no way to use a Shimano tool; the outside diameter of the Hope bottom bracket is about 1/4" larger. It's a very basic tool, with no engraved/etched logo or part number. The edges are not finished so there's a slight tooth to where the metal was laser/water cut. Don't misunderstand me, there's no chance of cutting yourself. When I finally used the tool, it fit the bottom bracket perfectly and allowed me to tighten it into the frame - exactly as one would expect.
This tool works fine for its intended purpose. My only complaint is that I wish it was thicker in the handle. The thin edge digs into your hand when you're pushing on it; however, using a rag as a cushion eliminates this problem.
This fit the Hope BB perfectly. I had no problems with slippage or damage marks on the cups. The only problem is this thing has some gripping issues with hand/tool interface. I have to wrap a rag around the handle portion to keep from digging into my hand. If they would coat it with something or, round the edges it would be 5 stars.
The BB may be better than race face, but the tool is not. Its a thinner metal than the race face tool and doesn't fit under the sway arm without modification (trimming). After trimming its not strong enough to stay locked on threads without stripping
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