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Wheels and Tyres

HOPE TECH DH WHEELSET

With many production DH bikes, suspension platforms, geometry and sizing have evolved giving better performance than ever. Pricing is getting competitive and while DH bikes often sport the latest in fork and damper technology, wheels (especially the hubs) are often only ‘adequate’ leaving room for improvement.

A big chunk of Hope’s business is now in their hand-finished wheelsets and their DH Tech option is our pick in this year’s Dirt 100.

Hope is renowned for their hubs – manufacturing and testing here in the UK results in superb performance along with unrivalled spares back up and easy switching of axle standards. With proven longevity and excellent sealing from the harshest weather, these hubs will outlast most of those fitted as standard to all but the highest priced bikes.

‘Fast rolling hubs, an up-to-date rim and a quality build add up to a class act’

As standard kit on Adam Brayton’s Scott Gambler, these wheels have had plenty of Hope’s development time and testing – as with all their products. They’ve designed their own 6061 aluminium downhill rim (along with a very dependable enduro option) that is available in both 27.5” and yes, a 26” size. Triple cavity construction and tubeless compatible, these rims have a 28mm wide internal width making them ideal for 2.3”-2.5” tyres. Eyeleted for additional strength and reliability, they are laced with 32 straight pull or J-bend Sapim spokes to Hope’s dependable Pro 4 hubs, available in six colour options.

With a typical 26” size pair weighing in at just under 1200g, there are lighter wheels out there but that’s missing the point. These wheels are built to take some serious abuse and go the distance. Rebuildable by any mechanic, they are easy to source spares for and are as ‘fit and forget’ as you can find. Fast rolling hubs, an up-to-date rim and a quality build add up to a class act, whether upgrading a stock bike or spec’ing up a custom build. Hope – High quality products, no sales waffle.

PRICE: £390

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