Hope Hoops Pro 2 SP Flow mountain bike wheelset review£329.99

Lightweight, versatile rollers

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Hope’s Hoops wheels offer a great range of custom options and unbeatable value – you’re not paying extra for the normally super-expensive £90 Stan’s Flow rims compared with the other Mavic or DT options Hope offer.

Their low weight and high strength makes them a benchmark for tough all-round use too. The acceleration of these wheels can be clearly felt, but they don’t feel fragile on descents. They’re also a cinch to use tubeless with Stan’s rim strips and the hubs are convertible to all axle standards.

The straight-pull spoke version of Hope’s well-sealed and reliable Pro 2 hubs are tighter and fancier than conventional J-bend spoke (£295) versions too. The top value also includes fantastic long-term backup direct from Hope’s Lancashire factory.

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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