Hope Pro III SP review£350.00

As well as looking superfly with their multiple drilled ?anges, the triple- butted straight-pull spokes enabled Hope to lose nearly 200g per wheel over conventional builds

BikeRadar score4.5/5

As well as looking superfly with their multiple drilled flanges, the triple- butted straight-pull spokes enabled Hope to lose nearly 200g per wheel over conventional builds - without sacrificing strength. Add DT's lightest rim (4.2D), and you've got a wheel that feels faster and more accurate than any of the cheaper sets around.

The new Pro III hubs use INA stainless steel bearings sitting under seals that Hope have spent years perfecting. The only downside is that Pro II-style 20mm front conversion kits aren't available. You also get a Ti body version of their easy-to-pull-apart and self service freehub body, so long-term life is about as good as it gets. Skewers aren't included, but spare spokes are.

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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