Stif Hope/Mavic Wheelset review

A good set of wheels is one of the best upgrades you can invest in, and having them handmade is a sure-fire way of getting a tough and reliable pair.Stif are renowned for making straight and well tensioned wheels,

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £190.00 RRP
Stif Hope/Mavic Wheelset

Our review

Great value and superb quality
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A good set of wheels is one of the best upgrades you can invest in, and having them handmade is a sure-fire way of getting a tough and reliable pair.

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Stif are renowned for making straight and well tensioned wheels, and they offer many hub/rim combinations – we opted for a 36-spoke Mavic X321 rim out back on a Hope Pro 2 hub, with a 32-spoke, 20mm bolt-through front equivalent. Build quality, as we expected from Stif, is among the best we’ve seen, and the new Hope hubs are brilliant pieces of engineering (see the review on p76).

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We’ve been running the pair for a month and haven’t needed to go near them with a spoke key. They’ll be on one of our long-term bikes (see p80), so look out for updates on them…

Product Specifications

Product

Name Hope ProII/Mavic XM321
Brand Stif

Front Hub Brand Hope
Rear Hub Brand Hope
Rims Brand Mavic
Available Colours Black/Silver
Front Spoke Count 32
Front Wheel Weight 986
Rear Spoke Count 32
Rear Wheel Weight 1106
Rim Size/Diameter 20
Skewers Included No