Hope Pro II 20mm Front Hub and Notubes ZTR 355 Review

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Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet

http://www.gramslightbikes.com/

I am in the process of doing a 20mm fork shootout between the new Magura Thor and the Manitou Minute Elite Absolute 140mm forks for these illustrious MTBR.com ProReview pages.

God of thunder and rock and roll
The spell you’re under
Will slowly rob you of your virgin soul

My American Classic and Stan’s Notubes ZTR 355 QR front wheel was not going to work with a 20mm axle so I started to look over the currently available 20mm front hubs on the market. I am a bit of a weight weenie so I started from that viewpoint, scouring the internet for light 20mm front hubs. American Classic makes some of the lightest hubs on the market and they are one of my favorites but unfortunately they do not make a 20mm hub currently. Eurobike 2008 did just report that American Classic has “a big pile of new hubs including 15mm and 20mm bolt thru front hubs”.. I found quite a few obscure brands during my searching, some I hadn’t heard of before and others such as Tune are expensive and hard to come by. “Three thousand miles just to get laid – I really respect that.”

Hope Hub

Lo and behold I came upon the Hope Pro II hubs. I had read good things about them in the internet world but what really caught my attention besides the decent weight was that you could convert them to either a 20mm or 15mm or QR (9mm) axles. Wow, that is a great feature since you could use one front wheel for various bikes and/or forks, especially useful considering the new Fox and Shimano 15mm Betamax standard. This conversion feature makes it a stellar concept that allows the consumer to do all sorts of things with one hub.

The Hope Pro II hubs are machined from billet 2014 T6 aluminum and feature high-quality sealed cartridge bearings and a 6-bolt ISO disc rotor mount. They come in a whole slew of colors, Silver, Black, Red, Blue, Gold, Gunmetal and Green in either 28, 32 or 36 hole drilling’s. Retail price for the 20mm front hub is around $80-90 and any of the additional converters are $20-30. Thanks to Phil at Hope for assisting in the test.

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • slcpunk says:

    I have the WTB laserdisc light hubs (basically same as AC, right) and I was thinking about this problem this weekend…how much of a difference is there between the hub shells on these hubs (AC vs. Hope)? If you take apart your AC hub (remove the QR caps) don’t you basically have the same thing as the HOPE hub? If the bearing sizes are different, would it be possible to just replace with bearings that made the setup match? ( just have to match the inner diameter of the HOPE hubs) Just curious on how creative you could get here, but it seemed like it might be simple for WTB or AC to made those little conversion parts and make their hubs convertible too.

  • Brian Mullin aka pastajet says:

    Let me check my AC hub when I get home tonight. I am not sure what the new AC hubs look like, perhaps at the show in 2 weeks I will have further information.

  • luke says:

    What’s with all the random quotes, they seem to almost relate to your review but not quite. Are you just another twisted bike rider? Good review by the way, but isn’t time really the test for a hub? I mean, can you tell from a couple of rides if this is the one you want to depend upon?

  • pastajet says:

    Yes I am warped. Are the quotes supposed to relate to the review or just my demented mind? I only have so much time to do a review unless it’s an extremely long term one. I have ridden the wheel for around 5 weeks now which is around 15 hard rides on abuse terrain so I have a pretty good idea of how they ride and their durability. In regards to long term longevity that I can only conjecture. It is going to be pretty rare to have many media reviews that are 6 months to a 1 year long. Check back on my blog and I will strive to keep an active long term section for all my review products. It is fun to do reviews but it is also a lot of work. You need to keep track of your testing and try and be as objective as possible and then you need to create an interesting review for the reader, which I always try my utmost to accomplish. Entertain!

  • Alan says:

    “You’re flunking English. That’s your mother tongue, and stuff.”

    Nice pull. From “The Sure Thing”. A classic Cusack 80′s movie.

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