Strengths: Nice quality
Easy to convert axle format
Easily serviceable with basic skills and tools
Good color choice
Loud (if that's your thing)
Weaknesses: Not the nicest out there
Engagement could be better
Loud (if that's not your thing)
I've ridden a lot of hubs over the years, some good, others not so much. For quality, my top choice is King. Although at first I was really into the loud hubs, I loved the CK buzz... I have come to appreciate a more stealth hub sound. Minor gripe really, and a personal choice. These are on par with others like DT Swiss and Shimano, but not quite to the level of the likes of Hadley, King or i9. They also cost a lot less. Bottom line, it's a solid hub that looks good and is reasonably priced. Tics almost all of the boxes for me. I've had 2 sets of these, the Pro IIs and Pro II evos. Good stuff.
Date Reviewed: November 20, 2012
Strengths: You can't beat the quality, great seals and bearings, and ease of service of the hub. Furthermore the strength of the pawl and drive mechanism is awesome. (Has to be the largest the largest pawls on any Mtn. Hub)
Weaknesses: Less point of contact than some other designs.
Have had the hubs now all season, and recently snapped the rear axle. Hope is sending me a new improved axle free. They were extremely helpful and nice on the phone. I rarely take the time to write reviews about products or companies, but after how friendly and nice they were about my situation and overnighting me a new axle I feel compelled to say what a great customer service experience.
Strengths: Best value hub out there. They roll great, convertible, good array of colors available, and great sound.
Weaknesses: Engagement does have some slack with only 24t. I do have a SS set which is an offset 4 pawl engagement, thus making it virtually a 48t.
Hope hubs have become my hubs of choice, primarily due to its quality to price. It's egagement does need to improve to be compared in the CK category. However, in general a good value hub, and love the sound!!
Strengths: The construction of the hubs. They are incredibly easy to service; also the hubs can be easily and quickly adapted to fit various axle sizes. Hope also has great customer support. Also, who can deny the attraction of anodized goodies in your choice of colors?
Weaknesses: The only weakness I found over the years was remedied about 3 years ago. The old pawl springs would corrode and break after a bit; Hope is now using a different material for the springs and after 3 years I have not had one break.
I like to try my products out for a bit before giving a review. I have 3 sets of wheel with hope hubs on them. None have had any issues, I ride my bikes hard and my wheel sets take a beating. I often have to cross creeks, and I don't let wet trails deter my riding, because of these tendencies my hubs need to be bomb proof and easy to service at home. The Hope Pro II hubs fulfill both of these requirements.
Similar Products Used: The only other hubs that I have ever owned were XT, they were very dependable but heavy.
Bike Setup: Rip 9, Sir 9, Motolite ( all run Hope hubs and Stan's rims)
a Weekend Warrior
from Singapore / Thailand
Date Reviewed: August 15, 2011
Strengths: Bomb proof so far (XC easy AM), Loud, Price, ease of maintenance, easily converted to different axle sizes, good coasting
Weaknesses: Could do with more points of engagement, Cassette chews up Freehub body a bit
For the price I reckon this is the best hub you can buy. I have not had an issue with it.
The local trails usually involve 25 to 30km XC type double track through paddies and plantations then 10 to 20Km of steepish jungle single track roots, rocks etc which the hubs have handled fine.
They are easy to strip down and inspect / clean. Easy to get replacement parts at a reasonable price.
I would say the engagement is not as quick as some (DT 240's, CKs) but solid when it does engage and the Al freehub body gets chewed up by the cassette, but can easily be replaced.
I wouldn't use it (or any other pawl design hub for that matter) for aggressive DH / DJ but for the price you can't go wrong
Bike Setup: the one with 2 wheels and with a bunch of parts
a Weekend Warrior
from SLC, UT
Date Reviewed: June 9, 2011
Strengths: Great engagement (48 pts)
Mini-cassette can accomodate 8 10s cogs for 1x8 setup
Weaknesses: None really
**This review is for the SS/Trials version.** Best SS hub for the money. Steel cassette body wide enough to accomodate 8 cogs (10s), great engagement (48pts), and solid bolting mechanism. For $220 retail, there is no lighter hub with more engagement. For comparison:
CK/I9/etc - More expensive and heavier (72/108 pt not noticable over 48)
DT 240 - More expensive, less engagement, AL freehub (but lighter)
Am Classic - More expensive, lighter, but less engagement (AL freehub)
Freewheel style - Cheaper but heavier and engagement limited unless you spring for a $90 WI freewheel.
Super versatile hub, engineered the right way with steel in the right places (i.e. freehub). Highly recommend to anyone building up ANY rear wheel, 1x6/7/8 or SS.
Bike Setup: Big Mama 1x8, machined cassette (13-36) with 30T chainring
Date Reviewed: March 21, 2011
Strengths: Strong, easy to service, loud, colours, weight, price
Weaknesses: I've had a pro II on the front and rear for over a year with no issues but i changed my wheelset when i got a new bike as i my old wheels didnt match at all. I got pro II's again because i loved my last set and after a month or so the springs and prawls went and they all had to b replaced..... NOT IMPRESSED WITH THIS.....
Good hubs over all but i do think that there is a few hubs that are messed up as some last for years and others seem to go after a short period. The noise is cool at first but starts to get on my nerves now iv had them for so long.
Get a good set an you'll love them.
Get a dodgy set and your going to have to take out a loan to keep them running.
Bike Setup: Kona stuff 2010 frame
Avid juicy 7 brakes
Lock on grips
Pro II front and rear
Mavix Ex721 front and rear
MRP chain device
Alienation seat post
DMR motto digger tyres
Shimano 9speed cassette
Shimano deore derailier
a Weekend Warrior
from North Vancouver
Date Reviewed: October 6, 2010
Strengths: Appearance, functionality, durability and serviceability.
Weaknesses: Some would say it's too loud. I wouldn't...
Great hub and if it lasts as long as Hope hubs I've had in the past I'll be satisfied. Too bad I can't get a titanium hub that I had on a former Hope hub I owned...
Similar Products Used: DT Hugi, Shimano, Chris King, and Sun Ringle
which is what is being replaced as I can't
source the parts easily/inexpensively.
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Tazmon.
a Cross Country Rider
from Fort Collins, CO
Date Reviewed: July 27, 2010
Strengths: Strong, no bearing play, a pretty component, simple to service (I can re-grease the pawls and get it all back together in about 15 minutes or less). Good strength to weight ratio, although at the long-term compromise of an aluminum free-hub.
Weaknesses: NOT an efficient coaster. There is a sensation of every pawl pushing back while coasting.
There is def. some sort of looseness in the freehub that developed after years of use, but that aluminum freehub should be replaced anyways. It gouges easily, and is scary light. I've heard there is a steel version of it...that would be a smart upgrade.
Pawl springs broke after a year of use (back in 2007), BUT customer service out of Texas sent me new springs and pawls. Nothing else happened following 2 years of hard use.
Noise. I go between liking it and hating it. It alerts trail users of my approach, reminds me to keep pedaling, and feels bad-ass like those Harley riding fruits downtown. BUT I often feel a dolt for disturbing nature and the pristine silence of the backcountry. Conclusion? If the hub ever actually bites the dust, it will be my last Pro II only because of the noise (hey, I am maturing after all!)
Value? 4! Forget about the "paltry" 24 engagement points. Aside from one spring-breaking hiccup, it is reliable, easily serviced, well-supported by Hope, and hundreds less than some other quality hubs. Still quite a bit more than hubs which start with "S" and end with "himano".
Overall? 3. It always works, but it is inefficient, loud, and feels worn in like a 1990's Ford after 3 years.
Similar Products Used: Chris king, shimano, formula, etc
Bike Setup: Used these hubs on a FS XC and fully rigid 29er.
a Cross Country Rider
from San Juan, RP
Date Reviewed: January 22, 2010
Strengths: Bombproof so far, cheaper than king, very light and come in blingy colors, LOUD
I just bought my third set of Hope hubs. They are now on all of my bikes.
They are bombproof. The one I had on my RFX has been rocking along for more than three years without complaint. Just the occasional pawl greasing and cleaning. They were used for everything from XC, River crossings, marathon 24 hour races, occasional light DH, weekly AM sessions, some jumping and even long road rides. No problem.
I also love the fact that they are very easy to service and very easy to convert to other axle types.
I tried the i9s and the Kings and did not really feel the need for high engagement points. The hopes had enough for me.
At roughly 60% the price of Kings or I9's they are the best hubs out there, all things (including price) considered.
Strengths: Great product for XC riding. Light, simple design, easy to maintain by owner, well built and should last a long time.
Weaknesses: Free hub is much louder than most hubs.
Awesome hub. Had them for several years now, several thousand miles of use and zero issues, never let me down or even worry about them, no field repairs, ever. Easy to maintain and very reliable. Put them through the paces on XC rides in rugged terrain, certainly worth the money. King makes great products, these are very similar but a little cheaper. The loud free hub can be annoying, but that is useful in racing as it tends to intimidate others when you sneak up behind them and they hear it along with alerting other folks (hikers, horses, etc.) when you come up from behind. Would not be something that would be all that great for frequent downhilling, but it does not bother me.
Weaknesses: well...where do I start?...I had the hub for a year and it became very loose. Turned out the freehub had to be replaced. Local distributer and Hope UK helped me out and got me the steel freehub instead. 10 rides with the new freehub and the entire hub body cracked into half from the drive side.
I am waiting now to hear back from Hope...
Not reliable by any standard. So far the guys at Hope have been helpful. I will update once this saga ends.