Hope Pro 2 on DT 4.2D wheels review£285.00

Tight, high quality mountain bike hoops

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The Hope Pro 2 hubs at the heart of these hand-built wheels are a bit heavy and noisy but they're tough. We’ve only just had to replace our first bearing on a set that we’ve been beasting for three years.

The DT Swiss XR4.2D rim is tough for its low weight but relatively narrow, so trade up to the 5.1 option for tyres over 2.2in.

The wheels are built in the UK with double butted DT Swiss spokes for outstanding stiffness and lifespan.

Compatibility with 15, 20 and 24mmfront axles and 10, 12mm or bolted rear axles makes them uniquely versatile for a cross-country wheel.

Each set comes with spare spokes, rim tape and replacement stickers and they’re still great value despite a recent price rise.

Hope’s decision to do complete wheels has certainly been a popular one, and wheels like these are why.

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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