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Hope Big un disc brake hub Hub

4.2/5 (25 Reviews)
MSRP : $178.00


Product Description

The Big' uns are Hope Technology's answer to the demands of today's downhill maniacs. The oversized hub flange builds beautifully into a bombproof DH or dual slalom wheelset. There are very few other wheels in the world that can compare with the strength, durability and reliability of a Big' uns' . Best of all, these monsters have been on a diet this year! They still retain all their brute strength, yet are trimmed down to only 292g and 493g front and rear!! (20 mm axle too! )


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MadRab424 a Downhiller from Scotland

Date Reviewed: November 8, 2010

Strengths:    Real bombproof construction,
Angle of spokes leaving hub alleviates potential weak point at bend in spoke.


Weaknesses:    None that I can find.

Bottom Line:   
Not the lightest hubs but they are super strong, really easy to service, make the authentic Hope freewheel noise. These hubs are over 10 years old and are still perfect with just one change of bearings that I know about.

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Favorite Trail:   Fort William

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   XT, XTR, and Halo hubs.

Bike Setup:   Kona Stab, Monster T, Hope C2 brakes, 800mm flat bar, Kona Jacksh*t primo pedal. 42 tooth chainring. Mavic D321 rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jake aylward a Downhiller from wickham market

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2009

Strengths:    seriously srong hubs makes an awsome noise

Weaknesses:    there is'nt one

Bottom Line:   
these hubs are excellent for dh riding

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Favorite Trail:   aston hill, chicksands

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came on my bighit of

Similar Products Used:   formula ss hub

Bike Setup:   specialized bighit marzocchi shiver 03 hope wheelset fox vannila rear shock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ian bressat a Downhiller from west sussex

Date Reviewed: October 26, 2007

Strengths:    AMAZING! gone though godd knows how many people (was baught off ebay) and its still perfect and smooth and fast

Weaknesses:    heavy.

have to buy a specific rotar.


Bottom Line:   
amazing hub

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Favorite Trail:   porc

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   bday present. From ebay

Similar Products Used:   dmr revolver, shimao, tesco value on a saracen

Bike Setup:   dmr exalt

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ellis a Downhiller from State College PA

Date Reviewed: December 9, 2005

Strengths:    very nice hub, smooth and beefy. I love the 5 bolt rotors, they are hard to find but are so much stronger than the normal 6 bolt ones. They are almost impossible to warp. The bearings on the hub are super strong and there are 4 of them. This is one of the best hubs on the market today!

Weaknesses:    the coloring on it is a little funky, but who cares, it is also hard to find rotors to fit the hub

Bottom Line:   
this is a really nice strong hub. it is excellent on a horizontal dropout bike if you have the 12mm thru axle, use a bolt thru axle and it wont move at all. The rotor is also really tight, they are so strong also. all around great setup!

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Favorite Trail:   spruce gap

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   300 online

Similar Products Used:   paul, planet x, ringle, hayes, phil wood, you name it

Bike Setup:   ones on my balfa minute man, laced to a Mavic EX721, this is an excellent setup. another is on my bighit

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Beef a Weekend Warrior from Uk

Date Reviewed: July 17, 2005

Strengths:    Everything

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
Had mine for at least 8 YEARS. You can still hear the freehub body click from 15 miles away! 8 YEARS. Its nearly impossible! What a set of hubs. Beef

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Favorite Trail:   Innerleithen

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   Carrick Cycles, Stranraer

Similar Products Used:   Its been that long, i cant remember!

Bike Setup:   The dogs!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rik Jacobs a Racer from Bournemouth!!!

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2005

Strengths:    most fo the hub. looks strong, is strong, the large flanges make it a super stron wheel build. got them built onto atom lab aircorp rims and they are really good, another good thing about them is that the left hand flange catches all the washers when you are sorting out your brake setup, how neat is that. (no way intentional but very cool)

Weaknesses:    the freewheel isnt sounding like a hope at the mo, normally hopes sound really clicky and nice, but mine doesnt, mmmmm, bit sus


Bottom Line:   
very nice hubs, work well, and are the dogs balls. havnt tried any of the chris king hubs, but time will tell. oh and i dont know what all you tandem riders think of it, but they mainly a downhill and jump hub, not for two lazzers on a tandem putting constaint heft wait on them. silly people

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Favorite Trail:   any decent freeriding tracks

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $189.00

Purchased At:   chainreactioncycles.com

Similar Products Used:   hope bulbs, sport, and most shimano

Bike Setup:   mountain cycle rumble, pike sl forks, aircorp on bigun hubs, hope 6pot ti brakes, middleburns ect

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by kevin simpson from oxford

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2004

Strengths:    it is very strong looks cool and fits 20ml or QR. cartridge bearings very smooth

Weaknesses:    five bolt hard to find thr right rotas

Bottom Line:   
over all its a very strong hub for mtb but all those tandem pussies comlain about it then switch to chris king rip offi think these hubs will last me forever

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Favorite Trail:   antwhere steep fast and high

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $147.00

Purchased At:   ebay as full wheelset

Similar Products Used:   grimec shimano formula

Bike Setup:   clubrost vcv jnr ts race face roox etc etc 2002 hope c2

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by John a Downhiller from melbourne, oz

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2004

Strengths:    smooth as butter, strong as.....i donno, a tank!

Weaknesses:    5 bolt disc pattern

Bottom Line:   
damn awesome hub, had not a single prob with it, except that i can't use em on my new bike coz of the 5 bolt pattern! i'm now in the market for some new hubs that will hopefully be as sweet as the hope's, in a 6 bolt

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   AC1 with hope hubs and 521's.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sam Court from Oxford

Date Reviewed: May 21, 2004

Strengths:    These Hubs are AWESOME! They look awesome (I've got the older versions as I prefer them), build into super tough wheels, the sealed bearings are quality and put up with the UK mud and grime. The 5-bolt pattern is cool, seems better tha 6 bolt. Can swap between 20mm and QR. Hope's back up service.

Weaknesses:    Errrrrr weight if your gay!

Bottom Line:   
These hubs rock - they don't weigh that much, so stop whining about it - 'too heavy for jumping' what the hell you talking about?

They will take anything that you can through at it - tandem riders should get a life and get two bikes! The seals are awesome, the strength they bring to the wheels are fantastic - my wheels are still going strong, although they're getting a vbit knbackers they've had about 4 years of abuse and the hubs ensure that they still stay strong. Go buy - oh, they're also British! Yay!

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   Shimano/White Industries

Bike Setup:   Kona Stinky, Z1's, E4's, Prodigy DH cranks, Diabolus stem, Pyramid bar, X-Pedals, XT running gear etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jason a Cross Country Rider from usa

Date Reviewed: October 27, 2003

Strengths:    durability, reliability, cool looks.
builds a better wheel than anything on the market!!!!


Weaknesses:    weight, but this is also why I purchased the things.

Bottom Line:   
I have no idea what these people are doing to be so destructive. I have really used the crap out of these hubs and they have only improved with use. The quality of wheel build achieved with the wide flanges has made me a better rider, period. I have put over 3000 miles of hard riding on these wheels and actually enjoy the fact that I can do anything on my bike without being in danger of component failure. Try the hubs and you will be a better cyclist due to accurate steering and confident riding.

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Favorite Trail:   moab, telluride, duango

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $500.00

Purchased At:   Hope

Similar Products Used:   king, dt hugi, xtr, xt, woodman, hadley, (I build a lot of custom wheels)

Bike Setup:   Maverick, xtr, hope c2's, sun singlewides,klein death grip 2.35
king head set, thompson, fox talus, easton monkey lite,

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Cristobal Marnilupi a Cross Country Rider from North Highlands, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: March 3, 2003

Strengths:    Solid ride feel. Has been very strong (externally only). Attractive black color.

Weaknesses:    Rachet mechanism which pawls contact, along with the freewheel body are thrashed after normal wear & tear. Hub internals did not pull apart for disassembly as Hope suggested they would. I used a gear-puller (not a bike tool) to remove freewheel body for regreasing.

Bottom Line:   
2002 Big'Un rear hub is rubbish. After about 20-30 MTB rides, our combined 300-lb. weight toasted the pawls and rachet mechanism to where it seized into a fixed-gear.

Hope has told me that the 2003 hub is improved. I'm warrantying my 2002 hub right now through Hope USA and will see if the 2003 is indeed better. I sure Hope so!

If this hub doesn't work, I will switch to a Chris King tandem specific model, upon recommendation of other tandem friends.

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Favorite Trail:   Hole-in-the-Ground

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Ventana Mountain Bikes

Similar Products Used:   XTR rear hub (worked great)

Bike Setup:   Full-Suspension Tandem, 2002: Ventana El Conquistador frame, Marzocchi DJI fork, Hope M4 disc brakes, RaceFace ISIS & XTR drivetrain, Rhynolite 36-spoke rims, crappy 2002 Big'Un hubs, SRAM PC69 chains, too much more to list

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Gary a Downhiller from Miami

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2003

Strengths:    LOOK BIG

Weaknesses:    WEAK

Bottom Line:   
The big'un hub is rubbish. It is so weak that now i prefer to land on my front wheel just in case. When i do downhill the inside of the hub creaks and this feature is complained about by every single owner of the big'un. Why can't it be more like it's better brother the bulb. The big'un has also torn my d521 apart on the back, so any lookin to get a d521 with a big'un on the bck, DON'T!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $180.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT

Bike Setup:   24/7 dark angel V3, deemax rims built on big'un back, bulb front

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Bill Freeman a Weekend Warrior from Alpharetta, GA, USA

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2002

Strengths:    look nice, huge hub flange for strength

Weaknesses:    weak hub teeth

Bottom Line:   
My wife and I rode the Big Un hub on our tandem for only 6 weeks before we tore teeth off of the hub body. Luckily, the service at mtbtandems.com is great and Alex is replacing it with a King hub. Not a good sign when 2 reviews on this site report the same problem.

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Favorite Trail:   too many to say

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   mtbtandems.com

Similar Products Used:   none others on the tandem

Bike Setup:   Ventana El Conquistador with Marzocchi Jr T, Hope/Mammoth wheels, Hope H4 brakes, Race Face cranks, XTR

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by JP a Cross Country Rider from Salt Lake City

Date Reviewed: October 20, 2002

Strengths:    look beefy

Weaknesses:    These hubs are wimps on the inside. Hub was used on a mountain tandem and lasted less than one year. Previously used shimano tandem hubs and these lasted about as long.

Bottom Line:   
Failure of these hubs ruined a potentially great weekend in Fruita...we're going to Chris Kings. The Hopes are particularly smooth and mileage from the cassette is about on par with shimano (and I think the shimano tandem hub sucks).

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Favorite Trail:   amasa back

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   shimano tandem. Phil Wood.

Bike Setup:   Ventana El Testigo Experto. Hope brakes, Hope hubs, Chris king aheadset, Race face cranks, stratos 5T fork.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Big Red S from London UK

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2002

Strengths:    Strong
Big
British
Easy to lace
5 - bolt pattern


Weaknesses:    er..... Shorter spokes are ever-so-slightly harder to get hold of

Bottom Line:   
A truly amazing hub. Stiffens up the front end a treat, and looks good in the process. I wouldn't reccomend using this hub if you plan to get up hills by pedalling, because it weighs a ton.

Only one downside is that the 5-bolt pattern is rare for rotors, but if you have hope discs, they are easy to get hold of.

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Favorite Trail:   One that goes downwards.....

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Second Hand from a friend... (£60)

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore + XT

Bike Setup:   Azonic DS2 built strong and heavy

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