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Hope XC Hub Hub

4.59/5 (44 Reviews)


Product Description

The XC Hubs have one piece aluminum hub shells with sealed cartridge bearings throughout. The cassette body is available in either a steel or titanium and it uses a three pawl ratchet mechanism. The front and rear are available to accept quick release. Available in the International Standard 6 bolt disc fitting.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by apjrees a Cross Country Rider from UK

Date Reviewed: September 30, 2008

Strengths:    It rolls and it's pretty light.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I bought these 2nd hand already built to some wheels. They were lighter on the scales than XT, they seemed to have less takeup than XT too. Can't fault them really, they do the things a hub should do.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   XT hubs.

Bike Setup:   Airborne ti with SID, XTR, Hope etc...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by efriberg a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, Wa

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2008

Strengths:    Loud clicking scares pedestrians out of the way.

Weaknesses:    None other then what I am going to say below.

Bottom Line:   
Second season on the hub, maybe put a total of 300 miles on it and the freewheel bearing has vaporized. I heard it going.... going.....gone, I didn't realize that noise was coming from inside the wheel, sounded like a stick rubbing on the rubber. We'll see how easy it is to fix. I cant identify the bearing parts, so matching up the right one may be tricky if I cant find the proper drawings from Hope. Other than this little problem, I really liked it. Now I'll have steal my pregnant wife's rim to go riding until it's fixed, I hope she doesn't get possessive. I'd give it five chillies if it wasn't for this premature problem.

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Favorite Trail:   I'm a man of variety

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   Price Point?

Similar Products Used:   The usual shimano xt stuff.

Bike Setup:   Specialized Enduro Pro with Sun DSC-1 rims.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Beau a Cross Country Rider from Kaysville, UT

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2008

Strengths:    Simple and dependable in all weather conditions.

Weaknesses:    Slightly slower engagement than top of the line hubs and makes little noise when coasting.

Bottom Line:   
I switched all three of my bikes from using XT disc hubs to the Hope XC a few years ago. Haven't had a single problem with them in all that time riding in various conditions - from the rainy summers in South Korea and dry summers in Utah. Works great with the wide-base Surly singlespeed cog and spacers on the Explosif. Noticed some scarring from the more narrow Shimano BMX cog. Great performance and reliability without breaking the bank!

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Favorite Trail:   Thunder Mtn, UT

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Mtn High Cyclery & Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT disc hubs

Bike Setup:   Turner Burner / Jamis Dragon & Kona Explosif singlespeed (both rigid)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by wenisman from london

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2008

Strengths:    looks, strong, light, well built... it just lasts

Weaknesses:    slightly slower engagement than some other hubs

Bottom Line:   
amazing... i have been using this hub for 4 years now, they have crossed the andes in peru, tackled downhill courses in france alps, commuted to work every day for 4 years... these hubs have outlived bikes, been on at least 10 rims, must have done close to 10000 miles in all types of conditions. from super rock gardens in spain, the dust of the australian dessert and hub deep in mud in denmark, the snow from commuting to work in london

... all this and they still keep running. the engagement is a touch slower than chris kings, but if its a real problem you have bad spin technique and so dont blame the hubs. in my opinion i think these hubs are better than chris kings, cheaper and require far less maintanence.

plus hope customer service is second to none, the only hub i would consider now is the industry nine but its not time testd like the hopes... nothing else compares

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   cyclesurgery

Similar Products Used:   c. knigs, hadleys, dt swiss, bontrager, industry nine

Bike Setup:   evil soverign, pikes, hope m4s, hope xc hubs on mavic xc717 rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by tony vazquez a Weekend Warrior from warwickshire, england

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2007

Strengths:    well built, requires little maintance, had rear hub fitted over 4 years ago and still keeps going after doing over 2,500 miles. been out in all conditions from dry and dusty to up the axles in mud and still running smooth.

Weaknesses:    none that i have found

Bottom Line:   
used mostly for general cross country, have done some rough stuff but nothing i would class as extreme.not the cheapest option in the first place but worth it in the long run. dont get to ride as often as i'd like so when i get the chance, i just want to get the bike and go. just upgrade my other bike, (giant nrs) to hope pro2's front and back, cant really say more than that.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   broadribbs, leamington spa

Similar Products Used:   different shimano hubs mostly

Bike Setup:   was on gt i drive which i slowly upgraded, now fitted to trek 6500 hard tail. (gt retired due to constant maintance to i drive system)

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Yogiwolfman a Cross Country Rider from Denver, CO, USA

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2007

Strengths:    Light, decent engagement, easy to take apart and service/clean everything.

Weaknesses:    Freehub body is a piece of @&$^. Titanium freehub body will give you warning before a catastrophic failure. I would at least design some sort of mechanism to lock all parts of the hub together, rather than press them together and rely on QR tension to keep things gelling

Bottom Line:   
I really wanted to love this hub, I really did! I got a deal on a brand new hub and laced it up. I rode fine for about 500 miles until I was grinding up a steep extended climb and had to put a foot down (early season) to take a breather. I got back on and realized quickly that the freehub body was jammed to the hub body, resulting in a cassette that would not freewheel anymore. I had myself a fixie! I took the chain off and coasted back to the car.

I got home and took off the cassette and had to pry the freehub body from the rest of the hub. One of the hubs had dislodged and wedged itself sideways in between the freehub and the ratchet mechanism, scratching up the freehub. Wiping away the grease further showed that the notched where the pawls seated were bent. The hub body and ratchet mechanism were fine.

I took it to the LBS and they all high-fived me because they thought I put out so much power that I bent things up in the freehub. They ordered me a titanium freehub body for $100 and said the harder metal would prevent any more of this silly bending.

250 miles later, I was enjoying the day when I stopped pedalling and my chain kept moving forward, throwing the chain off my front chainring. I kicked the cassette out of frustration, and I guess it temporarily fixed the problem because I was able to make it home.

I pulled it apart and saw the pawl seats were bending again. I filed down the area which was bending which worked for 50 miles, and began saving for a King hub.

I got another 100 miles out of it and noticed that the hub wanted to try to throw the chain forward, fixable by a quick pedal stroke and then it would freewheel fine again.

My King wheel showed up, and all was fixed.

3 Chilis for making a decent hub that works well when it works. Most seem to have no problems. 1 Chili for the headaches and making me take a file to a titanium part. *shudder*

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $185.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   XT front and rears, Mavic Crossmax, Bontrager hubs in a Race X Lite Wheelset.

Bike Setup:   Blur LT with bling. This hub was laced with DT Swiss 14/15g spokes to a Mavic XC717 disc hub.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Steve a Weekend Warrior from Boulder,Co,USA

Date Reviewed: July 30, 2007

Strengths:    Reliable, smooth rolling, great value

Bottom Line:   
I'm now transferring these to my new Yeti 575. After 3 years of hard, rocky trail riding, these hubs are still fresh. Put them on and forget about them (at least in the dry coniditions I ride in). Very happy with this purchase.

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Favorite Trail:   porcupine rim

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   Shimano, Specialized Stout

Bike Setup:   2001 Specialized Enduro, Manitou Sherman FireFly, Hope Hubs, XM 819/EX823

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Portland, Or

Date Reviewed: March 15, 2007

Strengths:    Smooth, sealed bearings

Weaknesses:    None yet

Bottom Line:   
My hubs are built up with Mavic XM321 rims. They have seen dust, mud and DH conditions. After a year with the hubs I have no complaints. They were very cost affective for the level of quality. I was looking at Hadley/King pricing when Mike at Universal recomended the Hope XC. For the money they are hard to beat. Sure, not as bling as the big dollar hubs but they keep on doing the job and I was able to get the bike on the road faster. I will build up another set of wheels with the Pro II for my Stinky, when the time comes.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Universal Cycle

Similar Products Used:   several Shimano products

Bike Setup:   Turner 5 Spot

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Tomas from Gothenburg, Sweden

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2007

Strengths:    They simply do their job and work as expected, price

Weaknesses:    None so far

Bottom Line:   
After more than three years of use I think it is time to review this great product, a Hope rear XC hub with Ti axle.
It's been built up on a Mavic 819 rim (36 spokes) and this combination has been flawless for my all mountain use.
Never had any issues what so ever, engagement has worked perfectly. Riding in water, snow, ice or mud has never presented problems using this rear hub.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   chainreactioncycles.com

Bike Setup:   All mountain bike

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jeremy a Weekend Warrior from Hong Kong

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2006

Strengths:    Looks good and reasonable weight

Weaknesses:    Engagement!!!!!!!

Bottom Line:   
Absolute pants, the engagement was sooooo slow. I have changed this to a hadley and i feel as if I am actually pedalling the bike not air while this pc of junk waited to engage, its now off the bike and good ridence, Hopless is the only word i can use to describe it. It does not deserve 1 flame in my opinion.

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Favorite Trail:   Tai Mo Shan

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   Flying Ball

Similar Products Used:   Hope Bulb, Hadley

Bike Setup:   SC Chameleon, Mavic EX3.1, X9, EA 50 Bar, Thompson Post, Marz Z1 Light

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Eric Feldmeier a Weekend Warrior from Miami, FL, USA

Date Reviewed: November 27, 2006

Strengths:    Smooth rolling and flawless freewheel engagement (Review for Rear Hub Only)

Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
So far so good, much more economical than the DT swiss, I'm 200lbs and break components like I stole it and the XT shimano hubs actually bent and wobbled after a temper tantrum where I threw my bike into the woods. This Hub set up with a rhinolyte rim seems to be a winner, I notice that I glide a little further and the freewheel engages much faster.

I dont plan on throwing the bike anymore, but, sometimes that powdercoated slut deserves it!

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Favorite Trail:   Markham Park

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $90.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT hubs

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Heckler '05 with XTR derailers and Raceface LP Next Crank/zucci fork 5th Element Rear Coil

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Elvis a Cross Country Rider from Raleigh, NC

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2006

Strengths:    solid machining, phenominal customer service... try to get king to match that.

Weaknesses:    been very happy with these hubs, very easy to rebuild.

Bottom Line:   
so they arent kings, and they dont hook up in .2 micro seconds, they hook up in .5 microseconds... the customer service you get from hope is way way better than with most other manufacturers... if you are thinking about getting some of these hub go ahead and get them you wont be sorry.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   king, hadley, shimano ect...


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Mark a Racer from SF

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2006

Strengths:    Nice finish

Weaknesses:    Bearing never seated properly

Bottom Line:   
This is for the front hub.
When I received the hub one of the bearings was not fully seated within the hub as it stuck out about 1/32". I put it in a fork and clamped down the qr but it didn't budge. I emailed Hope tech support both in US and UK and both didn't believe me but they said send it back I only had $40 into it anddecided to build it up. A year later it it still running smooth and the bearing still sticks out 1/32"

I think Hope makes good stuff, in this case I got a weird one.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Similar Products Used:   Many

Bike Setup:   29er

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon Dex a Weekend Warrior from Wellington NZ

Date Reviewed: June 11, 2006

Strengths:    Simple, Well Constructed, Engineered for function not Bling,

Weaknesses:    Don't get to practice fiddly maintenance tasks regularly

Bottom Line:   
I weigh 120 Kgs (280 lbs)and had accepted that an XT hub would last 6 months between freehub rebuilds, and about a year before I broke the housing or some other catastrophic failure. After 2 years of riding probably 30 ks a week of serious single track, drops jumps etc and over 100 ks a week of less stressful riding, They are still running perfectly. The freehub barely has any scoring on the ratchet pawls and the bearings are probably barely run in. One every 3 or 4 months, I ease the freehub body off wipe clean and regrease the ratchet ring and pawls. Most times they havent needed it as the grease was as clean as when it went in. I am an engineer who works with military systems and this is one of the very few bike products that is engineered in an "aerospace" manner. I just wish they still made a bottom bracket.


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Favorite Trail:   Ridgeline Makara Peak

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   UK Bike Store

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX, XT, and AC

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz Hecker, Hope hubs both ends, Hope Mono Ti 6 205mm front and Mono M4 180mm rear, Z1 and 5th element shocks, 521 rims, Holzfeller cranks and stem, Thomson Seatpost etc. XT transmission.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andy a Cross Country Rider from Saint Paul, MN USA

Date Reviewed: April 28, 2006

Strengths:    Gotta start with the GREAT looks, precise machining, smooooothe rolling, rebuidable, and bullet-proof ratchet design.

Weaknesses:    none found.

Bottom Line:   
I couldnt be happier with my purchase of these hubs. I had alot of previous experience with Shimano, and was ready to step up to disc brakes and wanted something to handle the abuse with my latest bike build. I did alot of research prior to buying these and really couldnt justify anything else unless you want to spend the kind of money to get yourself some of "that Chris King stuff" and well I am not made of that kind of money so Hope was the obvious choice for me and my application. I consider myself a agressive cross country rider and have always had problems with stuff breaking or wearing out prematurely. I like the fact that the hope hubs come with sealed cartidge bearings, and replacements are readily available, I am not concerned with the fact that they may not roll quite as easily as a cone set up, but then again I have seen what happens to the cone bearing setup after a nice muddy trailride. In fact I notice a huge difference when hopping off my new ride with the hope hubs vs. my beater GT avalance with shimano XTR's...sorry shimano, you have let me down for the last time!

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Favorite Trail:   any

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   monkamoo.com

Similar Products Used:   all types of shimano....NEVER AGAIN!

Bike Setup:   V5 7005 Aluminum Hardtail, Rockshox Reba Race fork, Hope XC, DT Swiss Rev 2.0-1.5 spokes, Mavic XM321 Rims, FSA PIG PRO headset, FSA BARS, FSA Stem, SRAM rocket Triggers, SRAM Powerglide II990, SRAM 990 Chain, Shimano XT 750 Crank, Shimano xt750 f/r derailers, Avid juicy 5's.

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