Weight: 987g Front 1114g RearBuy Tyres on
At a Glance
Wheels take a battering at these kinds of events; a solid week of blasting downhill over tough and rocky conditions means plenty of wear and tear. The Hopes appealed for a few reasons, low maintenance and durability being the main ones. We opted for the standard Pro 2 Hub built onto Mavic 721 rims; these should prove to be sturdy enough to survive, without going overboard on the weight. Plus if anything were to go wrong we knew they would be easy to fix.
At the Mega
The Hubs were excellent especially the crisp engagement on the rear hub when we were pedalling. They performed their rolling duties perfectly, even though we did our best to break them! The wheels however took a bit of a battering, by the end of the week they were still running and perfectly functional, but they needed a little bit of TLC in the truing and spoke tension department. Understandably though they had been hammered, so we weren’t surprised when they needed a little tweaking. The rims are carrying some battle scars and scratches but sustained no real damage other than the cosmetic variety. Once we had straightened them out they were as good as new…
A good combination of weight and strength the Pro 2’s on Mavic 721’s turned out to be a good choice for the race. They survived the testing conditions and only needed a little tweaking to true them out after some pretty hectic crashes.
RRP £285 per set.Buy Tyres on
This review was in Issue 7 of IMB.For more information visit Hope Technology
By Rou ChaterRou Chater is the Publishing Editor of IMB Magazine; he’s a jack-of-all-trades and master of none, but his passion for bikes knows no bounds. His first mountain bike was a Trek 820, which he bought in 1990. It didn’t take him long to earn himself a trip to the hospital on it, and he’s never looked back since. These days he’s keeping it rubber side down, riding locally and overseas as much as possible.