Hope have long had a reputation both in the UK and further afield for pretty durable kit. UK trails resound to the distinctive buzz of Hope freewheels, which is as distinctive and as all pervading in some parts of the countryside as birdsong.
Hope are now making a fuss about their spanking new Pro 4 hubs, which are a direct development from their celebrated Pro 2 EVOs, and they’re released a video to boot:
The new hubs are blessed with some spangly improvements over the older hubs, too. They use a 44 tooth ratchet for 10% faster engagement over the EVO, and an increase in flange diameter means shorter spoke,s and a stiffer build for today’s larger wheel sizes. You can get rear hubs in all the flavours; 135mm QR, 142mm, Boost and 150mm sizes, if you’re that way inclined. Front hubs will suit a load of fitment options, too. Naturally, they’re machined from T6 aluminium Billet by some frankly alarming looking machines, and they now have freehub bodies compatible with 11 speed Shimano cassettes. According to Rachael Walker at Hope, while Shimano MTB 11 speed cassettes fit onto 10 speed freehubs, their road ones need a longer freehub. So Hope has fitted the longer freehub to all rear hubs, futureproof them against any changes by Shimano. Nice thinking.
Here’s a quick rundown of some of their other features, courtesy of Hope:
- Aluminium or steel freehub body options
- Available in 24, 28, 32 and 36 hole drillings
- Conversions available for QR, 10mm bolt in, 10mm, 12mm and 142x12mm thru axles
- Supplied with freehubs to suit 10/11spd Shimano or Sram XD cassette
- Colour Black, Silver, Red, Blue, Purple and Orange
- Weight: QR – 311g, 142mm – 300g, XD
For more details, take a look at Hope’s website.