Hope Pro II DT Swiss EX 5.1d Wheelset

Hope Pro II Hubset:

The Hope Pro II Hubset offers quite possibly one of the best hubs out there for the money that you can buy. They aren’t expensive and offer a vast amount of configurations to fit just about every user’s needs.

, Hope Pro II DT Swiss EX 5.1d Wheelset

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Compatibility

The front hub can be converted to 9mm quick release, 20mm thru axle, and 24mm maverick. The rear hub in 150mm width only comes in 12mm, but the 135mm hub can be converted between quick release, 10mm, 12mm, and 10mm bolt on. Few hubs can boast this type of adjustability. Both hubs come in a 32 or 36 hole version and the front also comes in a 28h version.

, Hope Pro II DT Swiss EX 5.1d Wheelset

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, Hope Pro II DT Swiss EX 5.1d Wheelset

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Lightweight

The Hope Pro II hubset is very lightweight. You’ll be hard pressed to find a lighter 20mm hub or a lighter 150mm hub. The front hub rang in at 177g and the rear 150mm hub was 299g. Comparatively, these numbers are as low or lower than a lot of other high end hubs (King, Hadley, DT Swiss, etc).

Simplicity

The Hope Pro II hubset is simple and easy to work with. The rear freehub engages on a 4 pawl system that gives 24 points (every 15 degrees) of engagement. The rear hub has 5 bearings total in the rear and two bearings in the front. The rear hub is easy to disassemble and requires no special tools to take it apart. The rear hub can almost completely be taken apart with your hands except for the bearing removal. This makes the hub very easy to service and fix it should any thing ever go amiss. The pawl/spring system uses some pretty durable pawls that offer quite a positive engagement.

, Hope Pro II DT Swiss EX 5.1d Wheelset

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, Hope Pro II DT Swiss EX 5.1d Wheelset

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, Hope Pro II DT Swiss EX 5.1d Wheelset

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Customization

The Hope Pro II hubset comes in a variety of colors to help you mix/match to your hearts content. The colors aren’t as vibrant as they could be, but they still have a very nice and durable anodized finish. You can get the Hope Pro II’s in Blue, Red, Black, Gold, and Gunsmoke blue.

Sound

People are always curious what hubs sound like, and the Hope Pro II rear hub engagement is pretty vocal. You can download the sound clip here to hear it at work.

Freehub body

The stock freehub body is aluminum. If you’re going to be abusing your wheels, or using a cassette that has loose cogs on it you might consider the steel freehub body upgrade. It’ll run you about $30 but your cassette won’t chew the aluminum freehub up. The damage on the aluminum cassette body is pretty standard across the board as any aluminum freehub body will do the same thing. Functionally it still works just fine it just looks bad.

, Hope Pro II DT Swiss EX 5.1d Wheelset

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Improvements

The Hope Pro II’s work very well and are easy to service. I do feel that the sealing could be a little bit better (it uses a hard plastic seal in between the cassette body and the hub body. In addition to that, I’d love to see a Pro II with a bit more engagement. A 9mm thru-bolt option for the front hub would be a welcome addition as well since they seem to have every other conversion so far.  In addition, an optional ti freehub body would be a nice option. Everything else so far has been solid and it’s by far the best hub you can currently get for the money.

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