I had ordered a set of Hope Mono RS 11 speed compatible road hubs awhile back and had been meaning to build up a set. If you’ve seen my builds with Hope disc hubs, you know I am a fan of Hope Technologies. Hope hubs are manufactured in the UK, not China or Taiwan and the quality shows. Hope has a lot of reasons to be proud. The addition of 11 speed freehub bodies to their lineup has given them tremendous versatility. Hope can currently deliver 142×12 rear pass-through 11 speed road Shimano/Sram disc hubs that many other leading suppliers simply do not have, such as, oddly, Chris King. So impressed with Hope’s disc hubs, I thought I’d build up a set of rim-brake road wheels using their Mono RS hubs.

To support a wide range of rider weights and added durability this set is 28 drillings rear with cross 3 lacing and radial 20h front. Using Sapim Race butted spokes, and Sapim Polyax alloy nipples, they are laced to the new and improved Pacenti SL23 rim (version 2). This very popular rim was improved in many ways:

1. Thickened at the nipple hole for improved durability.
2. Wider at 24.5mm external but more importantly wider internally for improved tire profile.
3. Deeper internally to ease tire mounting.
4. Lighter weight at 425 grams, down from about 450 grams.

The brake track has narrowed in response to shaving weight. The previous generation Pacenti SL23 had a very generously wide brake track. This newest generation is quite narrow, but not too narrow. I’m running standard issue Dura Ace 9000 brake pads and properly setup they work just fine – no tire rub.

This is a tubeless ready rim, and while I haven’t actually ridden it tubeless, I’m am planning to very soon, once Vittoria releases the new 700C Speed tubeless ready tire in 25mm width.

This wheel set, available now at Broad Street Cycles, weighs in at a very decent 1500 grams. This is an everyday wheel set – as suitable for long training rides as it is for that weekly criterium.

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