Hope Pro II on Mavic XC717 mountain bike wheelset review£285.00

Tough & versatile trail hoops

BikeRadar score4.5/5

It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks, as Hope’s new wheelpacks top the podium yet again.

Hope’s Pro II hub design hasn’t changed, but the body is now machined from a cold forged block for increased life.

Otherwise it’s the same noisy but super-reliable freehub, long-lived bearings and universal axle compatibility.

We’ve suffered occasional cassette gouging on the alloy freehub in extreme use but steel (singlespeed and trials) freehubs are available as upgrades.

In-house handbuilding onto the legendary Mavic XC717 disc rim creates a stiff, trustworthy wheelset.

Add 15mm adaptors, spokes, rim tape and stickers in the pack, as well as factory direct service for under £300, and you’re sorted.

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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