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  • Hop Pro II Bearings
  • Premier Icon spillippe
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    I need to replace my Hope Pro II hub bearings again! Where can I buy some good quality ceramic bearings that might last a bit longer than the Hope replacements??
    Thanks

    Premier Icon TandemJeremy
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    Personally I wouldn’t use ceramic. good quality branded ones last me years. I get ’em from a local engineering shop

    Premier Icon PeterPoddy
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    I need to replace my Hope Pro II hub bearings again! Where can I buy some good quality ceramic bearings that might last a bit longer than the Hope replacements??

    I did this by flogging my Pro 2s and replacing them with ‘obselete’ XC hubs…. WHich are far better.

    Premier Icon bigyinn
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    You LOVE Pro2s don’t you PP.

    Premier Icon Scienceofficer
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    When Peter says ‘far better’ what he means is the bearings may last longer on XC hubs, in his opinion.

    He does neglect to mention that the Pro2 is lighter and more adaptable.

    Swings and round abouts innit.

    😉

    Premier Icon PeterPoddy
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    When Peter says ‘far better’ what he means is the bearings may last longer on XC hubs, in his opinion.

    It ain’t opinion, it’s a bleeding FACT! The bearings are SHYTE! There’s a lot more than just me found this. If I still had the pic of the Pro 2 bearings sitting next to the XC bearings, you’d understand why. 🙂

    He does neglect to mention that the Pro2 is lighter and more adaptable.

    Indeed. Jack of all trades, master of none.
    Or that I had one XC that snapped 3 axles before I chucked it in the bin, wrecked…..
    TBH, if I was buying new wheels and had a free choice, I wouldn’t touch ANY Hopes with a barge pole. Sure, they’re easy to fix and Hope customer service is brilliant, but I just get tired of calling Hope and fixing their crappy hubs.
    Snapped axles, the retaining flange for a front 20mm adaptor circlip falling off, broken pawl springs, a cracked off spoke flange, gouges in the alloy freehub bodies no matter what cassette you use (And that’s why Pro 2s are lighter: Soft alloy freehub bodies) and umpteen bearings. Cheap to run they are not. Or reliable. XC’s just break less often and use less bearings…..

    Given my choice and a lot of money I’d go with XTR or Royce. Right now I’d have Deore over Hope. Honestly. Fit an XT freehub body when it packs up then 50 pence worth of bearings and a blob of grease once a year. They last just as long as Hope, take no longer to maintain, and are about 1/4 of the price to buy and run.

    But I keep picking up cheap Hope hubbed wheels or hubs (Front Pro 2 wheel £20, Rear XC wheel £50, Rear XC hub brand new £60) so I keep using them, and at that price it’s silly not to, but when the supply runs out, I’ll switch the remaining few I’ve got left back to Shimano. Which are cheap. And boring. And don’t have a posh look-at-me designer name on them. And don’t fall apart…..

    Premier Icon Onzadog
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    But other than that, he has no strong opinion!

    I tried some higher spec bearings ACEB5 Or something like that from realworldcycling. They do seem to run faster and last longer. Tighter tolerances, better seals and heavier grease all some to come together to work better. I’m using bulb hubs so ymmv but I like them (the bearings and the hubs)

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