Rigida Bull rims/Hope Pro II hubs mountain bike wheelset review

Great build let down by soft rims

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Chicken Cycles sent us these wheels to showcase their Rigida Disc Bull rims, but unfortunately they’re the least impressive part of the package.

They’re relatively cheap at £31.99 each and the 31mm width plumps up larger tyres nicely. Single eyelets also spread spoke stress, but the shallow sidewalls dent easily. On the bright side, they’re soft enough to dent rather than causing a pinch flat, so you’ll finish your race, but this isn’t a good trait in the long run.

The Hope Pro II hubs boast the same reliable universal axle versatility as usual. But Hope will build them up with any Mavic, DT Swiss or Stan’s rim and throw in spare spokes for £15 less.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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