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I just saw these onsale at a european site, and they are CHEAP.... compared to CK.
The front almost looks exactly like the bulb front, but with slightly larger flanges(looks that way anyways). The weights are also very competitive, the front is 185g and the rear 285g. The trials version with steel cassette body and 48t engagement will most likely be heavier, but hopefully still under 300.

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- New sealing system to keep out dirt. The old system was based on an oil seal, and while very effective, wasnt up to Hope's standards! The new seal also sits in a groove.
- The inner freehub body bearing has been relocated, and moved closer to the ratchet. This supports the axle and freehub body more in the most critical area of the hub. Pretty much all the failures due to trials riding on Bulb, XC and Mono hubs are caused by the axle being allowed to flex and damage the ratchet on heavy landings. This new design greatly reduces this.
- Ratchet constructed from hardened steel, and screwed into the hub shell, as with all Hope rear hubs.
- Axle diameter is also increased, resulting in a stiffer and more durable hub.
- The hub also features an IS disc mount, and totally new hub shell.
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- Ratchet diameter is now increased, to allow for more teeth.
- Totally re-designed pawls with flat ends to reduce stress concentration on the ratchet.
- Pawls also now held in with one C-clip, preventing them from falling all over the floor when you open the hub! The C-clips are also more durable and easier to fit into the hub.
- The hub uses 4 pawls, offset into a 24 tooth ratchet to give 48 engagement points.
- Yet another new feature for this hub is the replaceable screw-on titanium pawl carrier. It can be unscrewed from the freehub body if it needs replacing. Also allows an alloy freehub body to be fitted to the hub - bringing weight down to a very impressive 285g!
- The trials version of the hub has a steel freehub body.

Stock Information: Estimated release date June 2005 - place orders now!
 

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Sorry to see them discontinuing the Bulb...

The current Bulb offers a faster 36 point engagement system than the 24 standard version Pro II, and offers a more durable Titanium freehub carrier. This is an expensive improvement that even the Chris King hubs don't offer. The upcoming Pro II will discontinue the Ti carrier and switch to a cheaper steel or aluminum unit to keep price down. As mentioned, there will be a 48 point Trials version of the Pro II, but it will weigh a lot more than the aluminum model. Still, the lighter versionl sounds like a big improvement over the XC model.
 
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