We’ve ridden these wheels through the winter into summer and haven’t seen any wear or tear just yet. That, topped off with 11-speed compatibility and the option of Shimano, SRAM and Campag freehub bodies means you can safely say Hope has thought of everything.
A hard ride
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Hope’s Carbon 30 range is available in tubular or clincher versions, along with disc options too. 30mm UD carbon rims, built with CX-Ray stainless steel bladed spokes on their own Mono Aero hubs (20h front and 24h rear), hint at a stern ride; a price often paid for a hardwearing wheelset.
With the varying terrain of the Kent and Surrey roads we found them to be great all-rounders. Speed pick-up is good and together with the relatively lightweight construction and stiff carbon rim make for a great climbing option.
Descending was also a joy with reliable braking, which can often be a little hit and miss with carbon clinchers. We were impressed with the ability to maintain good braking performance throughout, both in dry and wet conditions.
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Symon Lewis joined Cycling Weekly as an Editorial Assistant in 2010, he went on to become a Tech Writer in 2014 before being promoted to Tech Editor in 2015 before taking on a role managing Video and Tech in 2019. Lewis discovered cycling via Herne Hill Velodrome, where he was renowned for his prolific performances, and spent two years as a coach at the South London velodrome.
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