bought a week ago a Hope Hoop front from Wiggle - Pro2 Evo SP front on Crest. turning the axle in the hand felt a bit rough but i changed the end caps and rode it no problem, anyway now it feels rougher. if i take the end caps out and hold one bearing still, the other bearing feels smooth, ditto the other way around. or if i counter-rotate them it's smooth. so it's not the bearings that are rough, seems to be the metal tube in between them?, when it turns (when both bearings turn like in normal use, the tube turns with them), it's rough.
Can't feel this while riding bike but definitely not right and hasn't disappeared after a few miles like i hoped it would, if anything worse. Feels like metal grating on metal.
not sure if i should knock the bearings out and check for crap/metal in between that spacer tube and shell, or just ask Wiggle for a return. have never changed wheel bearings.
My hope front hub (Pro2 original) from 3 years ago doesn't and never had this problem, it's totally smooth.
Funnily enough, the back wheel i bought from Wiggle a few months ago (Hope Hoop on Flow) also has a problem with the hub - it's too tight, noticeable drag. not really happy with this either, and also hasn't gone away after a few hundred miles.. this one is smooth, just hard to turn.
Was just out yesterday on old shimano cup and cone hubs and realised how much better those turn.. bit disappointing when you've paid good money for what should be quality kit!
Anyone else had similar issues with Hope hubs? i'm normally a bit of a Hope fan so not sure what to make of both my recent wheels having hub problems..
this is not a whine, asking for advice on what to do as I've used them and they do work.. contact Wiggle, contact Hope, or live with it?