Hope Hoops Evo 2 SP Crest wheelset review

Reliable, lightweight package

Our rating 
3.0 out of 5 star rating 3.0
GBP £350.00 RRP | USD $550.20
Hope Hoops Evo 2 SP Crest wheelset

Our review

Ultra reliable, axle-versatile hubs and lightweight race rims at a value price, undermined by baggy build
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Hand-built in Lancashire, these wheels are cracking value – if you can keep them taut. The hubs use stainless steel bearings and labyrinth seals for legendary reliability and can be configured for every current axle standard, but they’re heavy and the loud, average engagement freehub is a love/hate rider divider.

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Hope offer chunky Mavic 719 UST 29er rims or these sub-400g Crests for easy acceleration and direction change. They support up to 2.3in tyres, but getting tyres onto the broad, shallow rim section can be a test of your profanity vocabulary.

You need to buy the sealed rim strips and valves separately, but sealing is easy once you’ve wrestled the tyres into place.

The complete wheels are a massive bargain. However, despite 32 Sapim Sprint spokes hand-laced into block flanges on the SP hubs, our sample pair isn’t the first set of rather soft and baggy Hope Hoops we’ve had recently.

The rims are in the flexy cross-country rather than tough trail camp; even once we’d retightened the wheels they slurred rather than sliced in cornering and tracking terms. Their softness also undermined power response, confirming they’re best suited to lighter, less powerful riders.

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This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Evo 2 SP Crest wheelset (12)
Brand Hope

Description *Width 24mm *Hubs Hope Pro 2 Evo SP *Spokes 32 Sapim Sprint straight-pull, front and rear *Engagement 15 degrees *Axles 9, 15, 20, 25mm front; 9, 12x135,12x142mm rear (as extras)
Weight (g) 1741
Front Wheel Weight 812
Rear Wheel Weight 929