£50 Front, £120 Rear
Hope’s Pro IIs have been about for a while now and fast became a favourite. The improved drive system – four pawls running round a 24-tooth ratchet – which gives a super quick and accurate pick-up while still being easy and quick to strip and service.
It does make a bit of a racket but this calms down after a few miles to a reassuring tick – no good for sneaking up on race rivals but very handy for echo location on nightrides. Both the bearings and freehub are kept away from grit behind decent seals and a full range of spares is available at Hope dealers nationwide.
The weight is on the sensibly solid side of svelte and it enables the hub to tackle anything from purest cross-country to all-mountain and beyond. Just about every possible combination of spokes and fixtures is available – 28-, 32-, or 36-hole, bolt-through, bolt-on, singlespeed, quick release… The only thing missing is a Centrelock version. Pair with good rims and matching skewers for one of the prettiest and most functional wheel packages going.