Hope Mono RS | Pacenti SL23 wheels

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.


John’s Hope Disc Carbon road wheelset

This is John’s disc carbon clincher wheel set for his new Cannondale Synapse. They feature Hope Evo Pro2 40T 11 speed disc hubs in silver finish laced with Sapim Race spokes to Light-Bicycle 35mm deep by 24mm wide carbon tubeless ready disc-specific 420g clincher rims. 1674g for the set.


Tim’s CrossRock CX carbon tubular wheels

Tim requested a Shimano 11 speed setup with Hope Evo Pro2 hubs and our CrossRock CX 38mm wide carbon tubular rims. The new Hope Evo Pro2 40 tooth engagement supports conversion to an 11speed setup using Hope’s HUB528 11 speed freehub body.  The wheels are laced with Sapim Race butted spokes and Sapim 14mm deep alloy nipples. They weighed in at 1480 grams. The 330gm low rotational mass of these wheels make them a fine choice for cyclocross racing.

Hope Evo Pro 2/Stan’s Arch EX 29er

A custom build for a 29er cross country bike. Silver Hope Evo Pro 2 disc hubs, 32h front and rear. Laced with silver Sapim Race butted spokes to Stan’s Notubes ZTR Arch EX 29er rims using silver alloy Sapim polyax nipples.  These wheelset is for a Trek 29eer aluminum hard tail project that started with a practically free new old stock 29er frame. The wheelset will be mounted with matching Hope skewers onto the frame and Rock Shox Reba RL fork. The build is new Shimano XT 2×10 and the cockpit will be from Chromag.

Stans Arch ex

David’s Hope Evo Pro 2 29er wheelset

David asked for a pimp wheelset to match his blue/white/black Trek/Gary Fisher 29er mountain bike. He wanted a light, sturdy wheelset for cross country racing.  David’s a repeat customer of Zed Wheels, with previous purchase of our wheelset cyclocross racing. After a bit of emails back and forth, David went with this sweet and affordable custom wheelset.

  • KinLin Niobium alloy XR-230  29″ (700C) rims, 32 hole, 470g with eyelets.
  • Hope Evo Pro 2 mountain bike hub set, QR front/rear. Blue
  • Sapim Race butted spokes, black.
  • Sapim alloy nipples, 14mm, blue.
  • Wheelset weight: 1870g (excluding skewers)

The first race for David on these wheels was 2nd place in his category. Congrats, David!