MAKERS: ELSWICK & HOPPER

Elswick’s ‘Truss’ was the company’s signature feature. From a side profile the ‘Truss’ almost looks like a normal diamond frame bicycle. But closer inspection reveals double tubes from the bottom bracket to the steering head.
It was claimed that the direct strain from head to bracket was dealt with more thoroughly and strains from twisting were also combated, creating an infinitely more rigid frame. But, essentially, whether it improved the bicycle or not, there was a good case for creating unique features in bicycles so they stood out in the crowd and attracted extra attention from the cycling press.

Until 1908, Elswick was based in Newcastle, until the company went bankrupt. The remains of the business was purchased by F. Hopper & Co in 1910, the company then becoming Elswick Hopper. Bicycles were subsequently badged as either Hopper, Elswick, and Elswick Hopper, and made in Barton-on-Humber.

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Items in this Collection

1899 The Gentleman’s Elswick ‘Truss-Frame’ Roadster

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1900s The Gentleman’s Elswick Popular Truss Light Roadster

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1906 Elswick Gentleman’s Special Cross Truss Frame ‘Model 6’ Bicycle

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1910 Elswick (Newcastle) Popular Truss Path Racer

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1920s Gentleman’s Elswick Popular Truss Light Roadster

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1920s Lady’s Elswick Popular Truss

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1924 Lady’s Elswick Popular Truss

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1926 Gentleman’s Elswick Popular Cross Truss

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1933 Elswick Utility ‘Cross Frame’ Low-Gravity Carrier with Deep Basket

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1935 Elswick Junior Tricycle

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1936 Hopper National Roadster

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1937 Elswick Hopper Safety Model 24 STG Sports Tourist

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1937 Elswick Special Cross Truss Roadster

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1939 Elswick ‘The Brighton Road’ Gent’s Racer

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