Raleigh Pro Build Hope/Mavic EX729 review

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BikeRadar verdict

80.0 out of 5 stars

"The burliest big tyre happy wheels here, but still not super heavy"

Friday, June 30, 2006 11.00pm By

Yet another set of Hope Pro II hub based wheels, this time strung up by Raleigh's Pro Build programme onto Mavic's stout EX729 rims.

The 729s are Mavic's top line extreme use disc rims, using a super broad 36mm single box extrusion for as near bombproof performance as you'll get without stupidly excessive weight. The wide rim bed means even 3in tyres will sit nice and square on it too, with anything from 2.3-2.5in wide getting a real stability boost from the broad base.

The spokes are good strength and support and overall build quality is good and tight with no bagginess or flex during or after testing. Yet again, Hope's new Pro II hubs proved totally trouble free. While it seems odd to see them in such a burly build up, they're compatible with all axles from QR to bolt through front and rear, and Hope assure us that they're both stronger and stiffer than the old BULB hub they replace. However, Pro Build pricing isn't as good identical wheels from mail order suppliers.

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Specification

Name:
Pro Build Hope/Mavic
Brand:
Raleigh
Price:
£295

Front Hub Brand:
Hope
Front Hub Model:
Pro II
Rear Hub Brand:
Hope
Tyre Width Compatibility:
2.3 - 3 Inch
Rims Brand:
Mavic
Rims Model:
EX729
Front Wheel Weight:
1090
Rear Wheel Weight:
1214
Rim Size/Diameter:
36

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