Hope SPXC3 Wheelset review£385.00

Hope's lightest ever

BikeRadar score4/5

Hope’s latest SPXC3 wheels are their lightest ever. They have tough DT XR4.2D rims, but with only 24 straight pull spokes either end. This drops weight dramatically, although there’s noticeable flex under heavier riders.  

The quick release-only hubs use the same excellent, proven seals and stainless bearings as the Pro 3 hubs, but with unique three arm rotors supplied ‘free’. Based on two 160mm rotors this saves up to 80g against six bolts or XTR Centerlock, making them impressively light for the price.

There are replacement downsides, but Hope customer service is exemplary in the UK and standard six-bolt Pro 3 SP wheels (1,645g) are available.

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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