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Hope Bulb Hub Hub

4.3/5 (37 Reviews)
Weight : 170 grams

Product Description

The Bulb Hubs are Hope Technology's answer to the battle between weight and strength. These hubs can be used for DH or dual slalom, but are also light enough for cross country. They can easily be changed from 20mm through-axle to QR in minutes. At only 170 measly grams, this hub is perfect for the finicky cyclist.

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ti a Cross Country Rider from Boulder County CO

Date Reviewed: August 22, 2007

Strengths:    36 point engagement. Fit and Finish is perfect.

Weaknesses:    So far so good.

Bottom Line:   
Good hub. I would buy an NOS one if available.

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Favorite Trail:   corona

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Monk a Moo

Similar Products Used:   TNT, Shim XT, Phil Wood

Bike Setup:   Azonic DS1 hardtail. Pitbike. Azonic frame small. Atomlab trailpimp 26 inch front, 24 inch rear. Hope Big 'Un front hub, Hope Bulb rear hub. Hope mono mini brake 140 mm disk F/R. Intense Zero tires 26"F/24"R. Ringle headset, ATC Z-6 Dual crown fork at 4 inch travel. Redline BMX handlebars. 9 spd shim XT,Azonic crank 32T chainring with bashguard.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by PJM a Cross Country Rider from Park City UT

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2007

Strengths:    Looked good, and seemed a bit less pricey than hubs that cost as much as entire bikes!!!!!!!!!!!

Weaknesses:    It kept breaking. Probably not meant for the harder-core rider who rides alot of miles, climbs alot, or who may be LARGER....

Bottom Line:   
This hub I have reviewed below through the last 3 yrs. Check em out. I broke TWO of these rear hubs. The first
within the 1st yr of riding, and this second one went out last month after 1.5 more yrs. I do carry 215lbs but almost never leave the ground.
The ratchet ring teeth were the culprit BOTH times.
Seems that in certain situations, (panic jamming on the pedals in weird trail transitions) one of the pawls catch just right on one of the teeth, and busts it off. Then the piece of tooth that busted off starts grinding all
the other teeth down within minutes of pedaling, permanently wrecking the rest of the hub.
Even if you notice it,and field-service the ratchet to remove it, you are still doomed...Believe me, I have done it. Unless you ride just a little bit, not really recommended. Lo siento mucho...

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $185.00

Purchased At:   mailorder

Similar Products Used:   Just about every hub I ride I seems to fail. (except Bullseys, or shim.xtr's) Have not ridden Kings because of the affordability.

Bike Setup:   Kona Dawg frame built into an xc-oriented bike with a light build.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Les Takacs from Anchorage, AK, USA

Date Reviewed: April 16, 2007

Strengths:    Indestructible. Sexy.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
These things simply won't stop spinning. They've ridden through everything and I've neglect to follow the factory recommended service at the appropriate times. It doesn't matter - they're as smooth as they were on day one.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ivan from CO

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2007

Bottom Line:   
I've had a bulb front hub in use for over a year now. The hub continues to be issue free. I must admit I don't do anything to the hub (no grease no adjustments, etc). I believe I paid a little bit more than for a shimano, but less than the super high end (CK, Hadley) hubs. But I may have gotten it for sale. Bottom line is no issues on the front end. I may try a rear pro2 someday based on this hub's non issue.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Adam a Cross Country Rider from Albuquerque, NM, USA

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2006

Strengths:    36 point engagement, easy maintainance, Ti freehub body, convertible from QR to 20mm

Weaknesses:    A bit expensive, although not King expensive.


Bottom Line:   
I paid a little extra money and sacrificed some weight to get the Bulb because it was supposed to be 'Bomb Proof', and for the 36 point engagement. It worked flawlessly for 11 months, and then it started having trouble freewheeling. A week later it wouldn't freewheel at all. It turns out a tooth broke off of the ratchet ring, and this problem is not fixable, so I need to build a new wheel. The customer service at Hope is excellent, and they are sending me a new Pro II hub for a replacement (although I want more than 24 point engagement, so I may sell it). That service greatly increases the value rating in my book, so I'll give them 4 chilis there. However, I'd rather not NEED to deal with their customer service, and not have to deal with the downtime and expense of needing to build a new wheel around the replacement hub. This is advertised as a stout hub suitable for tandems and freeriders, and has had many years of production to sort out issues. I'm a 175 pound XC/Trail rider who never does drops over 1 or 2 feet, so this should've lasted me for years. Therefore, overall I'll give it 2 chilis.

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Favorite Trail:   Souixon

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   www.oddsandendos.com

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, DT Swiss Onyx

Bike Setup:   Blur classic. - all around trail and XC riding.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Ken a Cross Country Rider from Bath, PA

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2006

Strengths:    Cost

Weaknesses:    Freehub

Bottom Line:   
This is a follow up to an older post. I broke the freehub mech. twice. Hope fixed it both times for free, but I had to remove the hub from my wheel and send it to California. I sold the hub to my much lighter brother who loves the hub. I bought a King HD a year ago and have had not one problem with the hub at all.

My last review of this I gave 5 flames, so to make it average right I will give it ones this time.

I think the hub is decent, but not if you break freehubs.


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Favorite Trail:   Single Track

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Cyclemania

Similar Products Used:   Shimano hubs - I wouldn't say my latest King is similar

Bike Setup:   Stuff that finally doesn't break under my Clyde @ss

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by michael from Cairns Oz.

Date Reviewed: February 17, 2006

Strengths:    .

Weaknesses:    Fails.

Bottom Line:   
Just plain dropped it's guts at about 40km and ZERO WARRANTY.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   many

Bike Setup:   Orange, King, Diabolus, 66,$$$

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by pete a Cross Country Rider from walnut creek, ca

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2006

Strengths:    super smooth, super strong and great color.

Weaknesses:    none!

Bottom Line:   
Greats hub's and they're so smooth. Thank you Hope!

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Favorite Trail:   wall point

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   jensonusa

Similar Products Used:   wtb laser v dh....................sucks ass!!

Bike Setup:   Weyless 67 with spv 4way coil shock, pike race, hope front and rear with singletrack rims, thomson front and rear, michelin all mtn ex tires, avid 8" mech discs, wtb saddle, sram drive train (x9) and other kit.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by PJM a Cross Country Rider from Park City,UT

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2005

Strengths:    Great disc hub at a reasonable price. Strong, taller
hub flanges for wheel-builder-types. Easy to maintain.

Weaknesses:    Some early ratchet ring failures...

Bottom Line:   
This is my final posting on the Hope Bulb Ti rear
cassette DISC hub which I reviewed twice below.
I will say some of the hate-reviews below are
unfair and reactive at best. The 1st time around,
I destroyed the ratchet ring within 5-7 hundred miles
of riding. AGAIN, this was due to a bad batch of
ratchets in a FEW hubs. HOPE quickly explained why
my 1st hub failed, (see below explanation) and sent
be a brand new one. My take on the 1st failure is as follows:
If the axle ends do not pull off easily, allowing
you to service and lube, the hub is suspect of having a bad ratchet ring. I thank HOPE for being honest about
this, and were very helpful in getting me back on the trail. The new replaced hub worked flawlessly after
2+K of hard, rough singletrack riding under my big 210lb ass. Anyone who is an avid rider needs to ignore the
hate-mail reviews and LISTEN TO ME....
This is a great disc hub at a great price-period. It is
not the lightest, but if 3 more ounces of NON-ROTATING weight bugs you, that's just fine. Since you are so
smart, then go ahead and pay another $200 bucks for
some other over-hyped-out product. (re:King/Hugi)

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Similar Products Used:   everything

Bike Setup:   Kona Bear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rick a Weekend Warrior from North Vancouver

Date Reviewed: December 18, 2005

Strengths:    Engagement points, looks, ease of maintenance.

Bottom Line:   
A great hub that works as advertised. As a previous reviewer mentioned I too have broken a Chris King rear hub
but, not the Hope.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   DT, Hugi, Shimano (XTR/XT), Syncros, Ringle etc.

Bike Setup:   Heckler, Hope hubs, XTR/XT, Sherman Firefly, etc.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ivan from C-Springs

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2005

Strengths:    36 hole for durability, light weight compared to XC hubs (let alone FR hubs), and that EASY conversion.

Weaknesses:    none, yet. But I haven't tried to perform any maintenance yet.

Bottom Line:   
Front Hub only revieW:
I bought this hub for my 29er thinking if I didn't like the big wheels I could get a burly hoop and put the wheel on my FR bike. Haven't done that yet but man is it a smooth roller. Lightweight. Relatively cheap for such durability and of course versatility.

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Favorite Trail:   RRR

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Speedgoat

Similar Products Used:   Big S' Hubs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ed from Texas

Date Reviewed: July 14, 2005

Strengths:    Engagement is good enough. Light. Nice sound.

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
The sound seems to fit well with the e13 chain device and the twist grips.

Who should buy this hub? People who want decent engagement at a fair price and build their own wheels.

Who should not buy this hub? a)People that would not appreciate the light weight, strength and engagement can be served by a less expensive hub. b)XC pedalers who don't care about engagement should go with a low drag XTR or Cane Creek Wheelset. c)People who need better engagement for whatever reason.

For Technical XC and Freeride this is a good choice. Anyone who uses a chian device?

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   XT

Bike Setup:   STP with e13 DRS and X.0 twist grips. Ritchey Girder SC rear rim... 823 front rim on stout hub.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by pjm a Cross Country Rider from Park City,UT

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2005

Strengths:    This is a follow up on my recent posting. Hope was
very good with fast turnaround in getting me quickly
back on the trail by quietly taking care of my hub
problems. Hope claims some ot the ratchet rings on
certain hubs were not hardened properly and can fail,
and that it was not a typical problem. After getting
it back, I was actually able to take it apart by HAND!
This is really important if you ride alot and do regular maintenance checks. The 1st hub which failed, I could not take apart, even with vice grips.
With this replacement hub, I was able to pull off the axle cap ends by hand, then pull the cassette carrier/ratchet & pawl mechanism out of the hub shell!
This is a completely different scenario than
when I first purchased it. Perhaps they now have this
mainenance issue solved along with the ratched hardening
problem. Ride on!!

Weaknesses:    early hubs

Bottom Line:   
A good disc hub if the above problems are really solved.
$350 is just too much money for DT's or King's.
I will follow up in another yr...

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   same

Bike Setup:   same

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by p a Cross Country Rider from ParkCity,UT

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2005

Strengths:    reasonable price

Weaknesses:    none at first

Bottom Line:   
Looked awhile for a disc hub to build a new
wheel, thinking King/Hugi/DT, but their price
too high. So, I chose a Hope based on their
other products, as well as the reasonable price.
After around 5-700 miles the ratchet in the
hub shell lost a few teeth, and began to skip,
then began to freeze up. I weigh 210lbs.
After first getting them, I found that
you could not take it apart, even with huge vice-grips
on the end caps. BAD DESIGN. Not really servicable,
and for me anyway, suprisingly short-lived.
I am sure Hope will warranty, but I will not
ride these again. They now scare me.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Similar Products Used:   Bullseye/White/XTR

Bike Setup:   4" fs air Kona Bear

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by neil beltz a Weekend Warrior from anchorage

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2005

Strengths:    color(red), smoothness(bearings)

Weaknesses:    lacks side to side play found on generic brands, grease is not bleading out

Bottom Line:   
cant go wrong-sure, theyre not made in the usa-but it sets the bike off! speed, precision and reliability are significantly enhanced with these hubs. sure, theres probably comparitive hubs out there, but the red makes envy aplenty.

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Favorite Trail:   kincade

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $280.00

Purchased At:   beyondbikes

Similar Products Used:   on mtb's-generic junk, compared to ol' bmx stuff-equivilant to bullseyes

Bike Setup:   '03 p2, profile euro race crank(175mm)/imperial 33t, crupi pro-round pedals, sram gearing, fydaq stem, d/h crossmember bar, decent rims/tires... etc... etc...

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Hope Bulb Hub Question

OK. I think I am going to show my ignorance here but I have a question about a Hope Bulb hub I just acquired. In the place of where there should be either the 6 bolt IS mounting or the centerlock thing from Shimano there is a silver threaded ring that screws on to the hub itself. What the f is it an ... Read More »

Hope Bulb Rear Hub question

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hope bulb hub won't fit in drop out. why?

so my younger brother gave me a nearly new Hope Bulb rear hub that he lost the pawls from. i order new ones and got the hub working correctly again. last night i laced it into a ditch witch rim with some straight gauge spokes and brass nipples. i went to put it in my drop outs and it wouldn't go! wh ... Read More »

Rear hub: Hope Pro II vs. Bulb

I am about to buy a new set of wheels (DT 5.1. rims and DT competition spokes) and I am not certain which rear hub I should go for. The front hub will be the new Hope Pro II 20mm. I am considering the Hope Bulb or the Hope Pro II. Does anyone have experience with the two hubs. What do you recomm ... Read More »

Hope bulb hub & Shimano quick release skewer compability

I ran in to a little snag with the combo mentioned above and hope someone in the know can help me out. Long story short, The shimano xt quick release skewer won't fit into the hub (its a 20mm Hope bulb w/qr conversion) neither does the Sun qr skewer I had laying around. So before I start drilli ... Read More »

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