Like DT Swiss, Hope offers a broad range of wheels and its Fortus line spans everything from narrow 23mm-rimmed alloy XC wheels through to 35mm-wide hoops aimed at riders looking for a wheel to support super-wide rubber.
The Fortus 30 is made from 6061 T6 aluminium, has a 30mm internal rim width and is designed for chunky enduro and DH rubber.
As you’d expect from Hope, there is a ton of options, including 26in, 27.5in and 29in diameters, quick-release (QR) to through-axle adaptabilities plus six hub colour options.
Hope Fortus 30 specifications and details
While there are many Fortus 30 builds available, my test set has a 29in diameter with Boost hub caps and a Shimano Micro Spline freehub.
I measured the internal width of the rim at 29.8mm, so bob-on for a 30mm claimed width.
The rims don’t arrive taped, though tape and valves are included – as is an alcohol wipe to clean the rim before you apply the tape.
A pre-taped rim would be preferable as bubbles and creases are a hazard. However, the symmetrical rim, with its central well, makes applying the non-flexible tape as easy as it could be.
The rim well isn’t the deepest around, however the outer diameter of the rim wall was one of the shallowest, which means getting tyres on and off proved relatively easy.
With a shallow rim depth and an exterior rim wall that quickly angles in towards the spokes, it’s easy to get a tyre lever between rim and tyre bead and hook it over the rim wall, should you find yourself with a tight bead.
Access to the hub bearings is easy, with the standard non-wobbly end caps easily (but not too easily) pulling off.
We’ve had issues with ‘torque cap’ end caps being a bit too loose on some Hope Pro 4 hubs, though, which makes getting the front wheel in between fork dropouts a bit fiddly.
Being a Hope product, spares are well supported and I’m confident you’ll be able to run this generation Pro 4 hub for many years.
It’s a similar story at the rear, with an easily removable freehub body. I did find that the machining on the Micro Spline freehub was a touch tight out of the box.
The main body of my Shimano cassettes slid on easily, but the individual sprockets seemed to have quite a tight fit – on other wheels, I didn’t have this issue with the same cassettes.
Hope Fortus 30 performance
At 2,445g for the pair, these are the heaviest wheels I had on test. The payback is reliability.
The 32/32 spoke numbers build into a pair of wheels that proved stiff enough not to feel noodly, but with 2.6in tyres they also avoided being harsh. I didn’t notice any undue pinging or creaking from the build, and they stayed true throughout.
The Pro 4 is a hub that has won many fans, thanks to its ease of maintenance and very clicky freehub that warns other trail users of your presence from afar.
The 8.2-degree engagement angle gives the wheels a reactive feel under snaps of power, which I like.
While not a marker of poor quality, I dented the rim wall in testing. However, they weren’t the only wheels to suffer this fate.
The tyre remained inflated and locked into the bead. It’s a simple job to straighten the rims out, should you wish to do it yourself.
Hope Fortus 30 bottom line
If weight is a factor for you, then 2,445g for the Fortus 30s will likely put you off.
However, if Hope’s legendary backup, multiple hub options and clicky freehub appeal, then on the basis of this test I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
How we tested
Wheels are a pretty pricey upgrade, so we put 12 trail/enduro sets to the test to find out if there’s an inherent benefit to pricey carbon fibre hoops or is alloy better for hard-hitting rims?
The wheelsets were taken on back-to-back runs down selected tracks in the Welsh woods and at BikePark Wales. They were pummelled over and into rocks and drops, turns and berms, and off-camber roots.
To keep things fair, all our testing was done on the same bikes, both hardtail and full-sus, with the same tyres (thanks Specialized!) at the same pressures.
We tested 29in wheels, but most are offered in 650b versions too. While we predominantly ran 2.6in rubber, we also slung some 2.3in tyres on, and we varied the pressures between test sessions to see what difference we could feel.
Bikes shouldn’t be a pain to live with, so we took into account the ease with which tyres could be fitted and inflated. Likewise, we considered how easy it was to access bearings and swap freehubs, too.
Also on test
- Nukeproof Horizon V2
- Zipp 3ZERO MOTO
- DT Swiss M1900 Spline
- ENVE MTB Foundation AM30
- Halo Vortex MTC Enduro
- Hunt Enduro Wide V2
- Mavic Crossmax XL S
- Reserve 30 I9 Hydra
- Shimano MT620
- Syncros Revelstoke 1.0
- Crankbrothers Synthesis Enduro Alloy
|Price||EUR €565.00GBP £460.00USD $585.00|
|Weight||2,445g (29") – as tested per set|
|Features||Weight (f): 1,171g
Weight (r): 1,274g
External width: 35mm
Engagement angle: 8.2 degrees
|Freehub||Shimano Micro Spline|
|Hubs||Hope Pro 4|
|Rim internal width||29.8mm|
|Spoke count||32 front, 32 rear|
|Spokes||Black Sapim Race stainless steel double butted|
|Tubeless compatibility||Tubeless compatible|