Pro 3 RS SP Carbon wheelset (11)
All-weather warriors will love these super tough, mid-weight, high-value all-rounders. The rims themselves are a standard, slightly curved 50mm-deep full-carbon set, with average braking and aerodynamics, rather than the latest chubby-style rims. They handle okay in light winds though and they’re strong enough for heavy riders or even winter cyclo-cross use.
Hope’s Lancashire-made Pro 3 hubs use stainless steel bearings behind MTB-developed seals for a very long-lived smoothness. Top-quality Sapim CX Ray bladed spokes are hand-finished for a tight and reliably robust result. At under 1,500g they’re reasonably light and responsive for all-round use, and pricing is good for the quality. QR skewers cost extra though, and some testers found the loudly echoing freehub too much to bear.