Hope Pro 3 RS SP Carbon road wheelset review£995.00

Tough mid-weight wheels

BikeRadar score3/5

All-weather warriors will love these super tough, mid-weight, high-value all-rounders. The rims themselves are a standard, slightly curved 50mm-deep full-carbon set, with average braking and aerodynamics, rather than the latest chubby-style rims. They handle okay in light winds though and they’re strong enough for heavy riders or even winter cyclo-cross use.

Hope’s Lancashire-made Pro 3 hubs use stainless steel bearings behind MTB-developed seals for a very long-lived smoothness. Top-quality Sapim CX Ray bladed spokes are hand-finished for a tight and reliably robust result. At under 1,500g they’re reasonably light and responsive for all-round use, and pricing is good for the quality. QR skewers cost extra though, and some testers found the loudly echoing freehub too much to bear.

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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