Hope release SRAM XX1 freehub and show us how their hubs are made

We like SRAM XX1 a lot but it’s got one big drawback, and it’s one that future 11-speed drivetrains are likely to share – the extra-wide cassette needs a special freehub body. That means wheel choice is currently extremely limited. If you don’t fancy SRAM’s own wheels, don’t worry – plenty of companies are working on aftermarket options. Hope Technology‘s is one of the first to hit the shops.

The good news is that Hope’s XX1-compatible freehub body isn’t just available with new hubs and wheelsets from the company – it’s also retro-fittable to older Hope Pro2 Evo and Pro3 hubs. Now that’s what we like to see – a bit of future-proofing! Check out some pictures below, along with a new video showing the aluminium alchemy that goes into creating a Hope hub.

Source: Hope Technology – Masters of the hubs from Hope Technology

Hope Pro2 Evo hub with SRAM XX1 freehub body. Picture by James Costley-White

The new XX1 freehub body fits Hope Pro3 and Pro2 Evo hubs - in this case the straight-pull SP version

Hope Pro2 Evo hub with SRAM XX1 freehub body. Picture by James Costley-White

Inside the XX1 cassette is an internal sleeve called the ‘Lock Tube’

Hope Pro2 Evo hub with SRAM XX1 freehub body. Picture by James Costley-White

This tightens onto the threaded freehub body, doing away with the need for the traditional splines

Hope Pro2 Evo hub with SRAM XX1 freehub body. Picture by James Costley-White

There’s no lock ring to worry about - instead the cassette tool slots straight into the end of the cassette

Hope Pro2 Evo hub with SRAM XX1 freehub body. Picture by James Costley-White

SRAM say this setup eliminates the gouging that can occur with splined freehubs

Hope Pro2 Evo hub with SRAM XX1 freehub body. Picture by James Costley-White

So, what's the advantage of Hope's hub over SRAM's? Well, it certainly looks prettier!