having used most big brand and boutique hubs on the market
I would always go with Hope - I've found the Pro II to be a very, very good hub, regardless of the fact its more affordable than many fancy hubs
yes, I have broken the Pro II's freehub pawl springs - doing tiretaps on a 10 foot high, steep flatbank in the skatepark on my mountain bike (I have a BMX for the skatepark...) - Hope sent me replacement springs FOC within 24 hours
in terms of maintenance, spares, post-sale backup, strength to weight ratio and reliability, I have found the Pro II to be an excellent hub set, I run Pro II on both my mountain bikes with Stan's ZTR Flow rims and DT Swiss competition D/B spokes with brass nipples
excellent wheels, make the bikes feel SO crisp / quick and fast rolling
I've ridden in mud, snow, rain, sunshine, the freehub has never missed a beat...
love the fact that Hope are UK manufactured, any issues? call Hope, you speak to the guys who actually make them (refreshing, compared to speaking to a guy who "imports" a hub from Taiwan), they are 100% behind their products at Hope
when people say Pro II have poor engagement - I've ridden them in pouring rain on Vancouver's North Shore trails in Canada, balancing on a slippery, rotten log skinny going into a steep drop, no issues with "engagement" to comment on