Hope Pro 2/DT Swiss EX 500 mountain bike wheelset review

Understated looking hoops with superb performance

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £285.00 RRP | USD $440.64
Hope Pro 2/DT Swiss EX 500

Our review

A highly capable, lovely wheelset that mixes understated looks with superb performance
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Hope Hoops have become the benchmark for budget to mid-range wheel builds. The Pro 2 hub found here features the ubiquitous Hope racket; it can’t be quietened and if you’re planning on seeing local wildlife you’d better not coast.


It doesn’t die down with age either. This is a positive because the clicking noise is the sound of the pawls tapping around the ratchet ring. Were this to dull it would be a sign that a part was wearing out.

Pickup remained as sharp throughout the test as it did on several sets of long-term Hoops. It’s also reassuring that spares are readily available and servicing is a cinch.


DT Swiss’s 27mm-wide EX 500 rims fared well throughout our tests. They also made usage of mid- to high-volume tyres possible, giving the bead edge added protection as well as boosting grip and cushioning.

Product Specifications


Name Pro 2/DT Swiss EX 500 wheelset (11)
Brand Hope

Description Axle options: QR/QR15/20mm (F), QR/12x135mm/12x150mm (R)
Weight (g) 1980
Front Spoke Count 32
Front Wheel Weight 940
Rear Spoke Count 32
Rear Wheel Weight 1040