PRO3 SP-XC3 wheelset (12)
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.