Hope wanted to create something that offers similar benefits with regards to weight savings as the dedicated 3 bolt design, but in a slightly more conventional package - hence the 6 bolt disc fixing with this hub.
Rim choice is again available in this wheelset. DT Swiss 4.2 or No Tubes Crest and for 2009 Hope are building and hand finishing in the Barnoldswick factory using Sapim Sprint double butted spokes and brass nipples.
The No Tubes Crest offers the rider the choice of running tubeless as well as a superlight overall weight. The DT Swiss 4.2 gives excellent all round XC performance with a proven lightweight, high quality rim. Both options are in 24 hole drilling.
These are lightweght XC and race orientated wheels. Hope suggest a rider weight limit of 85kg. This is only a guideline, but common sense should be used with regards to the type of riding they will be used for.
The super light straight pull hubs run on the same stainless steel bearings used in the SP-XC3 and have the same axle options (QR and 15mm front and QR rear). Overall weight comparison between the XC3 and this wheel is almost identical when using a lightweight floating rotor and Ti bolts.