Hope Tech 35W Boost review£380.00

A solid build with excellent hub reliability

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Hope’s 35W Boost hoops are brand new, but proving as dutifully tough as its other wheels so far.

A thin roll of roadies’ retro favourite ‘Velox’ cloth tape is provided as standard but DIY-fit tubeless tape and valve are extra. Tyre fitting can be a fight too, although that’s good for low pressure burp resistance.

Hope’s new Pro 4 hubs are also proving totally dependable

While the rims aren’t heavy at 580g each, the package weight and J bend spokes (straight-pull versions are also available) make for steady and smooth rather than sprightly and swift acceleration and direction changes.

The upside of this slightly dull and docile feel is impressive traction for a given tyre tread/compound, as the wheel conforms slightly to improve connection.

The 32 Sapim Race double-butted spoke build stayed even throughout some deliberately brutal testing and spare spokes are included if needed.

Brass nipples make tension adjustment easy and the eyeletted rims have stayed unscathed too.

Hope’s new Pro 4 hubs are also proving totally dependable, with fast pick-up, six different anodised colour options and legendary factory direct back-up in the unlikely event of a problem.

  • Weight: 1020+1120 = 2,140g
  • Width: 35/40mm
  • Pick up: 8.2 degrees

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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