Hope Hoops Build Quality?
Am I being anal here?
This is a video showing how true my brand new Hope Hoops are out of the box… Cant say I’m that impressed!
Stan’s EX on Hope Pro Evo 2 SP Hubs
Also they spin noticeably gritty, anyone else notice this?
This is a video of a XM719 on a Hope pro 2 Hub I got in 2009 from CRC Custom build. They haven’t seen a spoke key in all this time.
They run true and smooth even on the original bearings.
What would you guys do?Posted 4 years agoyoshimiSubscriber
I don’t rate hope hoops at all, poor build quality. Much better to get s proper wheel builder to make them up…I’ve owned a few sets of hope hoops; but last wheels I bought were stans arch ex on pro 2 but hand built by moonglu – yes more expensive for the same spec but so much better put together.
As yes pro 2 evo rears always seem a bit rough, it’s because they’re stainless bearings so hope told me.Posted 4 years agodanielgrovesMember
Personally, I wouldn’t bat an eyelid at that. Doesn’t matter who built the wheel mine would be looking less true than that after six months of riding.
Got (had, if you count recent theft) two pairs. Never had an issue. As far as I’m concerned that amount of play is negligible.
If the bearings are gritty I’d give them a ring though. All of mine have felt silky smooth from day one till now.Posted 4 years ago
Yoshimi – This is a front that’s not that true and gritty..
The rear is a lot better.
RobHughes – I got them from Wicked Cycles Cheapest I could fid on the net..
The only thing I can think of is when I mounted a tubeless tyre on and pumped it up to 35PSI, might have knocked it out of true?Posted 4 years ago
On Wicked Cycles Click on the product options tab..
You can then select:
Hub colour – Red/Blue/Black/Gold/Silver/Gunsmoke
Rim – Crest/Arch/Flow/DT Swiss XR400
Straight Pull/J Pull
Wheel – Rear/Front/Pair
J pull – Front £105/Rear £185/Pair £285Posted 4 years ago
Straight Pull – Front £115/Rear £195/Pair £305ndthorntonMember
I generally find that new wheels always need a tweak after fitting the tyre and going for a first ride. This applies to machine built wheels and ones I build myself. Probably a combination of the spokes bedding in and any twisted spokes righting themselves -even if you have done your best to destress them. After the tweak they normally run fine thereafter.Posted 4 years agoislanderSubscriber
Have a set of 4 year old 26″ Hope Hoops SP on DT Swiss rims that have been straight from day 1. Have taken fair bit of punishment and rims have fair few dings in them but still totally true.Posted 4 years ago
Got a 29″ set with Stans Crest rims, they were very soon out of true. Hope offered to re do them no problem but got a mate to do them as would cost a fair bit to post away. Lasted ok but probably need done again. Maybe its a 29er thing.downthemiddleMember
For me it would depend on whether the spoke tension is equal. I’d rather the wheel builder got the tension perfect and then left the wheel with some minor imperfections like the one in your video, rather than concentrate on getting the wheel uber true by having to adjust spoke tensions to straighten it up.Posted 4 years ago
If the builder is building to spoke tension and not overly worrying about perfection in true then that’s the best wheel set in my opinion. Your about to stick a great big inflatable rubber tyre on it, which won’t be engineering grade perfect. Will seat on the bead randomly, and then you’ll run at relatively low pressure so will be squishing and moving around all over the place. I think your over worrying.
Think I’ll give Hope a call and see what they say.
I’m more concerned with the gritty feel of the bearing..
Strange thing is.. if I take the end caps of and spin the bearing with my finger, it feels smooth either end.
It feels gritty when I hold both end caps and spin the wheel..
Maybe Hope will post me another set of bearings..
Cant remember where I read it, but someone was complaining that there’s wasn’t smooth. Hope sent new bearings, but it was still the same. Turned out the hub was out of tolerance, so they built him a new wheel with the old rim..
Regarding the trueness, I can just get it tweaked after a few rides..Posted 4 years ago
Found the thread about the same gritty issue..Posted 4 years ago
I’ve also had a few sets of Hoops, not amazing but perfectly acceptable and fine for the money. But my last wheels were hand built on Hope Hubs and they have been really excellent so I’d definitely go that way again in the future.
The only reason I’d buy Hoops again is if a) I needed a wheel next day for some reason or b) they were on offer silly cheap (like Halfords & Wiggle were doing a few weeks back)Posted 4 years agoBlazin-saddlesMember
I think the big problem here is the Stans rims, they really are turd quality, very badly made from the factory. Try building with a Mavic etc. and they are very true and round straight from the box.
Hopes wheel build process has very tight tolerances usually so not normally out at all, the wheels are laced and final checked by hand/eye too.Posted 4 years ago
Forgot to update this thread.
Got my front wheel back the week before Xmas, hope said there was nothing wrong with the bearing and tru d the wheel up.
I’m not impressed with the bearing, hope state that the stainless bearings are smoother than the old ones used in the pro 2s.
Like i said before my pro 2’s are smooth as butter..Posted 4 years ago
I’ve used these wheels and done approximately 60miles on them..
The bearings now feel worse..I lifted the seals off them to reveal a little grease. So I topped it up.
Any recommendations on replacement bearings? Are the enduro ceramic worth the asking price?
I’ve given up with hope as they say there fine. What I might do is just send them the bearings when I’ve removed them!Posted 4 years ago
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