Hope Hoops Pro 2 Evo wheelset (Stan's Flow rims)£365.00

Good value, versatile hoops

BikeRadar score4/5

Hope’s homemade wheel buffet still beats most pre-built wheelsets on versatility, value and reliability. Stan’s Flow rims are good light-yet-strong and tubeless-ready hoops, and are great value from Hope compared to the price of buying separately. There’s a wide range of Mavic and DT alternatives for the same price, all laced in Lancashire using Sapim spokes.  

The Pro 2 Evo hubs are superbly sealed, have fully interchangeable axles and are easily serviceable too. Hope’s factory direct after-sales service is legendary too. The straight-pull design can get baggy over time and you need to tighten the cassette hard to avoid scarring and sticking. The noisy freewheel is slow to engage and even with Stan’s rims, they’re not light.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK 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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