Received the 40t version instead of the 24t which was an awesome surprise. The rim is also the updated EX version. Shipping was as expected coming from the UK to Alabama. Went on a short loop that I've ridden for the last couple of years and already set a best time. Very Happy with the purchase and my experience with Merlin Cycles.
Awesome hub and super well made wheel....good value for the money and super reliable...Hope is Hope
Nice wheels! The Hope pro 2 evo hub is not as loud as everyone makes out. I really like it and hardly notice it when riding. I suppose if you think it is too loud, your not going fast enough?? The seals make the rear wheel axle feel a bit tight, but this seems to loosen up over time. The best part is the wide rims. At 25.5 mm internal width, they eliminate tyre roll off the rim at low pressures. Grip and stability when pushing hard are hugely improved over 19mm internal rims. Careful using non-tubless ready schwalbe tyres on these rims as I had one explode off the rim at 30 psi, showering me in sealant. Go with the tubeless ready tyres and you're good to go!
Shipping took 1 week to get to California. Swapped rim tape out for Stans (wish hope would use tubeless tape), super easy to set up with a UST tire.
I tried to pop the hub ends off to see how hard it would be, but did so with the cassette already installed and the freehub popped right off, wasn't a big deal except that the seal holding the freehub on wasn't super easy to get back into place. So if you need to swap hub end caps do so without the cassette on. Also to pop the end cap off I just placed my QR in the hub body and caught the lip of the end cap and hit the end of the QR with my palm, pops right off. I"ve read that other people use pliers and scratched the cap up.
Beautiful light wheelset, great price, good enough for anyone under 85kg. The famous hope freehub clack sound isn't stealthy but very cool.
Perfect wheels for 29-inch, and they are cheap here at Merlin cycles and they are fast and respond to email if you have any questions. Can only give the highest rating on the wheels and Merlin cycles.
/ / Stefan Sweden