Hope Hoops Pro 3 SP-XC3 mountain bike wheelset review

Light, race-ready wheels

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4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £385.00 RRP | USD $614.00
Hope Hoops Pro 3 SP-XC3 wheelset

Our review

Riders looking for a light, racy set of value wheels should look no further
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This wheelset from Lancashire alloy-turners Hope Technology blends new-age wheel technology with old-fashioned, high-quality tradition. Key to this lightweight 1,423g wheelset are Hope’s own Pro 3 hubs with their unique tri-arm rotor design. 


The hubs are among the lightest you’ll find, but on the downside it means you’re stuck using Hope’s own, admittedly effective and durable, Pro-3-specific discs. The hubs use Hope’s four-pawl ratchet, 24-tooth engagement cassette body, which is both fast to pick up and loud. 

Hope spec the Pro 3 with 24 Sapim spokes and brass nipples, on Stan’s ZTR Crest tubeless rims. Our test wheels have had a rough life, living outside 24/7 and being asked to deal with harsher riding than maybe they should, but they’ve needed only the most minor spoke adjustment.


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

Product Specifications


Name PRO3 SP-XC3 wheelset (12)
Brand Hope

Weight (g) 1423
No of Holes (Front) 24
No of Holes (Rear) 24