Hope Pro 5.0 Carbon tubular wheelset review£950.00

Ideal for high-mileage riders

BikeRadar score3/5

Hope's new road wheels aren’t light, but you won’t find many tougher options. Hope’s hubs need no introduction to mountain bikers, and the Pro3 hubs here bring the same super-sealed, easily serviced performance to the road.

They’re handbuilt into complete wheels on site which, with the super-positive freehub, makes them a cracking choice for powerful or high-mileage riders. The full carbon tub rim is a lot lighter than the alloy-rimmed clincher version, meaning they’re an okay weight.

They feel on the steady rather than lively side though, and there’s a bit of softness if you really push them hard. Braking is okay and compatible brake blocks are supplied. Skewers and bags are extra though.

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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