Front Handbuilt Hope Wheels - 26" - Disc
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Handbuilt wheels using the new Hope Pro 2 Evo disc hubs (Please allow a build time of 5-8 days)
- Handbuilt front disc compatible wheels. All take the international standard 6 bolt fitting discs (except splined hubs). Base price is given for a front deore disc hub with a Mavic XM317 rim and ACI stainless steel double butted spokes. You can choose to upgrade your hubs, rims and spokes from the drop down menus. All wheels are handbuild for each order, please allow build time.
- Non disc rims can be used with V-brakes and discs, disc rims have no braking surface
- Select your rim, spoke and hub upgrades and the price will automatically update<
- Please allow a build time of 5-8 days.
- Please note: As all wheels are handbuilt to order please be sure your selection and order is correct. We reserve the right to deduct any labour costs if you change or cancel a wheel order.
Choosing your hub
- You need to know your axle type.Your wheel axle will either be QR, 15mm or 20mm.
Choosing your rim
- Usage = What sort of riding do you want to do? We have rims for all sorts of biking, from XC through to Downhill.
- Internal width = The width of the gap that your tyre sits in. If you want to run bigger tyres (2.3″ or more) then they’ll perform much better if paired with a suitable width rim. Running fat tyres on narrow rims causes the tyre to deform and fold-over rather than support you and dig in for traction.
- Tubeless = If you want to run wheels tubeless (ie. without inner tubes) then it’s a good idea to choose rims that are tubeless-ready from the get-go.
- XC717 – Usage: Cross country – Internal width: 17mm – Weight: 395g – Recommended tyre: 1.0 – 2.10
- XM317 – Usage: Cross country – Internal width: 17mm – Weight: 440g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3
- XM319 – Usage: Trail – Internal width: 19mm – Weight: 490g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3
- XM719 – Usage: Trail – Internal width: 19mm – Weight: 460g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3
- XM819 UST – Usage: Trail – Internal width: 19mm – Weight: 405g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3 – Tubeless
- EN321 – Usage: Enduro – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 570g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5
- EN521 – Usage: Enduro – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 540g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5
- EN821 UST – Usage: Enduro – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 460g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5 – Tubeless
- EX325 – Usage: Extreme – Internal width: 25mm – Weight: 715g – Recommended tyre: 2.3 – 3.0
- EX721 – Usage: Extreme – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 590g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5
- EX823 UST – Usage: Extreme – Internal width: 23mm – Weight: 655g – Recommended tyre: 2.3 – 2.5 – Tubeless
DT Swiss rims
- XR 400 – Usage: Cross country – Internal width: 19mm – Weight: 400g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3
- EX 500 – Usage: Enduro – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 500g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5
ZTR (Stans No Tubes) rims
- Alpine – Usage: Cross country – Internal width: 20mm – Weight: 330g – Recommended tyre: 1.5 – 2.3 – Tubeless
- Crest – Usage: Trail – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 340g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5 – Tubeless
- Arch EX – Usage: Trail/Enduro – Internal width: 21mm – Weight: 400g – Recommended tyre: 2.1 – 2.5 – Tubeless
- Flow EX – Enduro/Extreme – Internal width: 25.5mm – Weight: 490g – Recommended tyre: 2.3 – 3.0 – Tubeless
Choosing your spokes
- ACI S/S DB – Our standard spoke offers excellent strength and reliability (silver or black)
- DT Plain Gauge – Heavier but super strong spokes for downhill and heavy duty riders
- DT Competition – Higher grade stainless steel double butted spoke suitable for XC, Trail or Enduro (silver or black)
- DT Revolution – Lightweight spoke for XC and Trail. Not recommended for Enduro or Extreme use (silver or black)
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Mr wilsonHave been buying custom built wheels from Merlin since the mid 90's and they are always excellent builds. Some have lasted over 10 years with no truing required. This one looks as good as usual...nice even spoke tension and no detectable lateral or vertical movement. Having built a few wheels in the past, I can appreciate the skill involved in consistently building to this standard and in such a short time.
Mr wadsworthMy first hope wheel from Merlin Cycles but my second custom built wheel I have bought. I wondered what the fuss was about with hope hubs and you can just tell straight away they are pure quality. My wheel is great and still true, I ordered back in August but only just remembered to post a review. If you can afford the extra then it's a no brainer to get the hope hub.
bainbridgeSecond hand built wheel I have bought from Merlin cycles, first class sevice and product will always use again, the wheel is top quality
Mr KingI took a long time determining which wheels I wanted to put on my bike during a refresh. It was a balance between reasonable cost, quality and performance. I read reviews and visited many MTB forums and decided on these wheels. I am really pleased with them, they are light, very good quality and as a bonus, also look great. Obviously, I can not comment on long term use yet but they look like they will last well. As for Merlin Cycles, they were great, they even rang me up to discuss my spoke choice and recommended a slightly cheaper set for my intended use. Wheels were well packed and delivery was very fast. Great service and IMO a very good product.
Tom MarshallVery pleased with this wheel, arrived quickly and very well made. Nice upgrade from a rather worn out QR9 Shimano M525 hub. I'll be buying one to match for the rear soon !
Mr BodleyAstounding customer service, ordered a front wheel build on 19.12.14 but then realised the standard expected build waiting time would mean I was likely not to receive my new wheel until after the Christmas so I contacted customer service to cancel my purchase, next morning I received an email saying my wheel was built and ready for dispatching if I still wanted it, obviously I was delighted by this news, wheel arrived the next day and is of excellent quality, the components are all exactly as described the build and balance is true, literally spins for days and when it stops it is so balanced that the air valve always ends up at the bottom due to the pendulum effect of the difference in weight at this part of the wheel/tyre and tube. So impressed that as soon as Merlin reopened after the festive period I placed an order for a matching rear wheel.
Mr ForsterExcellent wheel build as ever, runs tight & true, no issues whatsoever. Hubs are legendary & the rim is light & strong with no flex, very accurate. Trust Merlin, you wont be disappointed.
DJ67Great product, wheels look great and run nice and true. Would have no hesitation in recommending them.
Mr TThis is my first pair of custom-built wheels, and I love them. Hope Pro 2 Evo hubs, Mavic XM819 UST rims, ACI S/S DB spokes. For my all-purpose steel hard tail, I wanted lightish, strong rims, big enough to take 2.25 tyres and with the option of running tubed or going tubeless (properly). Hope stuff is always great, and all my friends recommended the hubs. I did a lot of research, and am glad I bought from Merlin - very helpful before, during and after purchase. Been hammering them on black, red, orange routes, and can't fault them. Looking forward to fitting tubeless for my next set of tyres...
RigidRearOrdered a Flow EX on a Hope pro 2 hub. No problems so far with the hub or rim and build was very good. For the price it is incredible.
Mr WhiteAmazing service, wheel built and delivered within two days, Merlin are probably the best wheel builders in the UK! Excellent fast quality build! Highly recommended, Hope hub amazing, Mavic rim amazing...nothing bad to say about this buy at all!
Mr MuttonService was excellent, had to call to change the hub style and this was no trouble. EN Mavic wheel on Hope Evo 2 is great so far, after a bashing in the Quantocks it is still perfectly true.
Mr adamsonThis is the best wheels I have ever owned. I will never go back to factory wheels for two reasons: 1) Merlins wheel builds are flawless 2) Merlins custom wheels are cheaper than everyone elses factory built wheels (maybe we should keep this one quiet) This really is a no brainer. I opted for a Stans ZTR Arch Ex rims with DT comp spokes. Just remember to get some rim tape. I guess it would be nice if Merlin had an option to select a specific rim tape but I wouldn't mark them down for it. Great value and service from Merlin as usual!
Mr MundySo impressed I bought the rear wheel the next day! ;-) High-quality hand build, swift turnaround and delivery, and at a great price. What more could you ask for?! Merlin never fail to deliver.
Mr hopeAbsolute solid wheel and service from these guys, wheels are perfect unlike my mates purchased elsewhere with half the spokes loose! Shame on you for not buying a merlin build....top notch, nuff said
YetiDomMerlin makes awesome wheels! Quick, true and great spec!
Dave ThorpeEver since back when these were these were Mavic D321's in 2005 and the hope hubs were the XC version, these have always been my wheel built of choice. Yes, they are heavy compared to some but with the weight comes strength. I've had 2 sets of these. The first built onto hope xc hubs by the LBS and the second built on the pro 2's by another online retailer. Since getting these new pro 2 evo's with the 729 rims I've given them quite a bit of stick and they are still running smooth and tru.after the first month. Quite honestly they make my bike feel like an indestructible tank and fill me with confidence whilst riding. I can't fault the build quality or build time from Merlin Cycles. I ordered them on Sunday and they were delivered on Thursday by DPD. I recommend using DPD as they give you a 1 hour time slot for delivery so you're not listening for the door all day. As long as I am able to ride, I'll never use any other wheel. Hope & Mavic 729's... A choice for life! Click Click Click.
stuntweaselUsed for over a year. Mr Merlin worked his magic on the build and somehow even my racing snake (snail?) build of alpines and revs spokes has held up to loads of peak district beatings and loads of other ridings. Highly reccomended.
TomGreat wheel, still completely true 6 months later.
JeffReceived the front wheel in just a couple of days...well packaged. The wheel is super-taut and after a few hundred miles of commuting and trail riding, it's still faultless. Recommended *****
Mr RevellFANTASTIC!!! Build quality is excellent, delivery was spot on and I have been running these for nearly a month now, hitting some serious trails and competing in National level DH Comps and they have not let me down. Previously ran Easton Havoc DH but blew out the front during a smash, similar smash with these, but no issues!! Lighter and faster than the Havocs and really noticed the difference, better wheels, cheaper price. Great Wheels, many thanks Merlin!
James JohnsonAwesome addition to my bike, has given my front end a huge increase in rigidity and responsiveness. Awesome wheel building from Merlin and still the cheapest custom wheels in the business. Very Very happy. Only wish Merlin did a 36 spoke build too, as I need to upgrade my rear wheel now! All in all, great product.
Mr GreavyThese wheels with proper ust tyres. Done 3 enduros not one burp or flat running at 20psi or lower and I am 100kg plus with all gear on. Spokes do need to be checked after first ride but thats the same with any new wheel. Very happy with them.
Mr learyOrdered these handbuilt wheels from merlin as all the factory wheelsets did not suit my axle requirements. Really glad I did as I could also choose rim and spoke options too. Already had a week of lakes/Scotland riding and they feel great. Superb build quality. We all know what we're getting with hope hubs and the colour combo looks great on my bike. Delivered within a week even though they were hand built. Top service!
Mr WaltonHave wanted a set of these for a while and they were built perfectly and as described.
Mr NewcombeGreat wheelset that was built and delivered quickly. Built to my exact specification, they work brilliantly.
Mr TothillA good strong and taught wheel - well made and no complaints.
Mr brownBEEN RIDING ON THIS FOR A WHILE NOW AND IT IS HUGE IMPROVEMENT OVER THE STOCK RIMS WHICH WERE NEVER STRAIGHT. THE HOPE HUB IS EXCEPTIONALLY WELL MADE, THE SPOKES ARE SMART AND THE RIM IS REALLY STRONG, IF YOUR A BIT WEIGHTY LIKE ME AND JUST TEND TO BULL DOZE YOUR WAY DOWN TRAILS LETTING THE SUSPENSION DO THE WORK THEN THE MAVIC 719 GETS MY VOTE. WILL BE GETTING THE SAME FOR THE BACK AND THANKS TO MERLIN FOR PUTTING IT TOGETHER SO WELL
Mr TaylorExcellent build quality, straight and true. Cant find anything to complain about
Mr ConroyDecided to treat myself to a new set of wheels for my cotic soul so started looking around at what was out there and at what price. Considered getting a set of Eastons and Crank Bros purely for the bling factor but couldn't find a lot of decent reviews. However looked at these,saw all the fantastic reviews and coupled with the price seemed like a no-brainer. I have to say they haven't disappointed, they look fantastic(white rims on blue hubs), are nearly as light as carbon wheels and feel bombproof. Delivery was extremely quick, they came well packaged up so no complaints. Overall a fantastic buy
Mr FawdrayWell built, stiff light and strong, all good.
Mr MooreGreat wheel build using proven and ultra-reliable hubs from Hope. Had a previous set built last year, so for the new Ti build this year there was no need to shop around, it was straight back to Merlin. Hope's Pro 2 Evo hubs are easily servicable and are a real quality product; like their headsets it's one item I'd always go for the best I can afford. They look great in a variety of colours [red for me]. Mavic XM819 UST rims are a sturdy option and offer excellent tubeless qualities - once fitted with Maxxis Highroller UST tyres I very rarely need to add air, they retain pressure brilliantly. Merlin's wheel build is second to none. Superb.
Mr ShortAwesome wheels. Built really fast and are truly fantastic. Took them to Cwmcarn and Afan and they were superb!
Mr BELLSMOOOOOOTH , Hub runs so well and the build quality is second to none . I would not hesitate to buy from Merlin again.Even with the EASTER wk/end it only took 5 days to receive 5 STARS
Mr KillettQuality product that was handbuit and delivered within a couple of days. Merlin were the cheapest by far too.
Mr BlytheExcellent build quality! I got the Crest rim with blue hubs and they look awesome! Lightweight and feel solid. I will review again after I get in some decent miles on them! Can't beat the price either!
Mr AstonGreat wheelset that was built and delivered quickly. Built to my exact specification, they work brilliantly.
Mr MorrishGreat quality wheel at great price
Mr Perez OrozcoExactly what I want! The rim, hub and spokes models and colours as I choosed on the website! Good price and service! Perfect!!!
Mr WhitworthNice set of wheels! well worth having them hand built and much better than the Shimano MT65 they are replacing which have to be trued every couple of weeks!
Tom HallI bought a Hope hub with a ZTR Arch EX rim on the front which was built by Merlin, and a Hope hoop with ZTR flow rim on the rear. My previous wheels were XT with Sun EQ27 rims, the bearing cups and rims were shot after a couple of years, so I decided to upgrade and help the economy in the process. These are much lighter than my previous wheels, and run perfectly true after 4 months of use (I am 13 stone, clumsy, but not fast or brave). The bearings are sealed rather than cup and cone ball bearings which are susceptible to water ingress (especially in the UK climate!). They are more expensive than standard XT wheels (
Mr ButlerI agonised over my new wheel-set for the new hard-tail for quite a while; and looking at all the factory built wheels found they all seem to leave out a bit of this or a bit of that. So I decided on Merlin custom wheels where I get to choose from combinations more suited to me, at the end of the day that's what its about right? So I pull the wheels out of the box and POW, super happy; unbeatable wheels for the price, and just how I wanted them right down to the colour.
Mr NesslingExcellent value for money and run really well, very impressed
Dr FrykholmPerfect! Love it (not only for the looks). Very well built.
Mr pinkVery pleased with the wheel, very strong, sturdy and well made, excellent customer service and received the wheel within 2 workin days. Very pleased thank you.
Mr Henrik PedersenGood, price, and top quality wheelset. I can't ask for more.
Mr ShawEasy to order, very quick build time, speedy delivery and as high quality as every Merlin wheel I've had previous. The 719 rim is excellent and the hope hub offers loads of flexibility should I change my axle in the future. Just buy it.
Mr JacksonGreat looking wheels - lightweight and arrived within 4 days of order. Excellent build quality - would recommend.
Mr de VriesGreat wheelset. very sure-footed. Love 'em.
. /High quality building. Tough and smooth.
Mr MartinI have always bought Mavic and have always had them built by Merlin, I have never had a problem with the build quality and the strength of the wheels that come from these guys. I have to say that these new wheels are fantastic. The Hope Pro 2 laced into the EN521 rim with double butted spokes feels stiff but not too heavy, I know that there are lighter wheels on the market but I wanted reliability and hopefully these wheels perform like all my others. 5/5
LionalGreat wheels, can't beat them in build quality or price, and really fast delivery, got my wheel in 4 days !! Staff always great to deal with.
Mr SkadorwaGood price fast delivery excellent product
AndyOrdered these with Stans ZTR Flow Rims and the DT competition spokes and I am really impressed. They are more than half the weight of my original rims, and the width gives me much more control on singletrack. Would highly recommend.
Mr CottonFab hubs and rims. Smooth sting and light. Perfect for xc and all mountain.
Mr howard, very good quality product
Mr ZisimatosIt looks well built!!! It came in just 4 woorking days! Thanks
Mr CallaghanArrived on time, well packaged and has stood up to some serious use in its first few weeks on the bike. The last wheels I had were also Merlin custom builds - now 10 years old, I only updated to this one because I needed a through-bolt version to replace the quick-release.
Mr LynchExcellent quality at a good price, fast service within 3 days.
Mr BekkerThe wheels are realy great. A great value pack and good quality. I'm a hard rider and at 2m height have a bit of heft. The rear wheel has been spinning without any hassles and I think the Hope hubs are great. I use to spent more money on wheels because I know you get more in return and I know after getting this set I will reconsider that motto. I am getting a new frame soon and will definitely make this a set of wheels to look at since this is fitting me perfectly-strong, reliable, good weight and the tubeless compatibility is just what I need.
Mr CastelloState of the art hubs, awesome quality, I'm quite happy of the combo with the Stan's Flow, I found them very smooth and rigid in AM usage. The build up job by Merlin is quite accurate and clean, as expected. I have to say I'm a happy customer.
Mr NORMANGreat quality wheel build. The hope hubs feel really well made and they feel nice and stiff.
Mr JacobsenNice built wheel that seem dead straight. The ZTR Flow rim made tubeless setup super easy, and it holds the tire very well. The hub might be a tad on the noisy side walking uphill, but downhill it got a smooth sound. Hub seems to be high quality and easy to fit different axle sizes.
Mr O'Dwyer-RussellThankyou for the wheels they look like they would survive a nuclear war. Have not completed my bike build yet so have not had a chance to use them. Spoke tension ver consistent compared with some machine built wheels I have come across and nice to see that some people still grease the spoke nipples when truing. Thanks guys.
Jon MooreLovely wheel build from Merlin. Went for Hope Pro 2 hubs with Mavic XM819 UST rims to try tubeless on my Cannondale. Looks very nice with red hubs. Have Hope on my other bikes and I have serviced/replaced bearings on them [having purchased the right drifts/bearing seat tools etc] so I know these wheels will give me longevity and superb performance.
Mr GOETZI was hesitant between the Crest and the Arch. Finally went for the 2nd one as I give priority to solidity. Weight still decent (1740g / pair with DT comp spokes). Only 2 rides so can't give a constructive feedback. Good price at Merlin
Mr EnstoneGreat wheel build, as soon as there fitted and you get out and ride you can feel an instant difference. Great solid wheel build, very pleased!
Mr ThainVery well built wheel, with stunning Hope hub, only riden it once but very impressed so far. Wheel was delivered very quickly which was good too.
RoscoImpressed with the build. Hope hub is super smooth. The ZTR arch EX rims are great and glad I went for it over the Flow, still not sure whether I'll get a flow for the back though. Price wise it was good (considering all wheels these days are silly money.)
Mr Murillo MachonExcellent handbuilt wheel, everything I've read about you is true, very satisfied with the wheel in every way, i will continue buying on Merlin from here on Spain.
Mr Burnsthese wheels are great.Look good and are bomb proof. Was very happy how quickly they arrived.Would def use merlin again for any wheel builds.
Chiefy, BicyclemaniaFor UK riding you will not need a better wheel and hub combo the Hope Pro 2 is up to the job of keeping out the British weather. The rims are light and strong, great for X/C riding.