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    Hope Pro 2 Evo 2013 freewheel sound vs. previous years

    I know this has been beaten to death because I have been reading up on it. Looking at a wheel build... and going back and forth on doing a nice ano Hope Pro2 Evo rear hub or a polished White Industries MI6. We all know the Hope's are noisy... BUT... I've read a few posts scattered around the interwebs that says the "new" Pro 2 Evo's are much quieter than previous Pro 2 Evo's? Can anyone clarify this, and how much quieter are we talking? Compared to?

    It would be cool if anyone had a side-by-side video of a previous Pro2 vs an "updated" one

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    July-ish of last year Hope toned down the strength of the pawl springs to make the hub a bit quieter. The difference is noticeable but not huge, basically it's gone from AK47 right behind your head to AK47 a couple of streets away.

    Of course if you replace the grease with gear oil it goes right back up to ninety decibels like before.

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    Good analogy.

    So basically:
    Pro2: AK47 up to ear
    Pro2 Evo pre-2012: AK47 behind head
    Pro2 Evo after 2012: AK47 a couple streets away

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    I just got a set of Hope2's with Stan's rims off of Wiggle and I was prepared for really loud hubs. They aren't that loud at all. A bit louder than a normal hub, but not obnoxiously loud. There are several trails I ride that are multi-use, so I appreciate the buzz to warn hikers ahead of time. Don't even need to say anything now, just start coasting and smile and say thanks when I go by.

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    I actually like the noise. Reminds me of an old set of Machine Tech hubs I had a long time ago. I would ride around going Vroom, vroom. Takes me back to when I was a kid and riding my bike.

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    I find them obnoxiously loud. I'll be investing in the lighter springs if they make a kit available.

    Question for spade - I've run heavy grease in my hub for a while now (hoping to quiet it down), is gear oil a better lubricant for the hubs?

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    Re: Hope Pro 2 Evo 2013 freewheel sound vs. previous years

    I read the new 40pt engagement 2014 versions will be quieter again. They should sound good now for people that like to hear them and tolerable for those who don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Good analogy.

    So basically:
    Pro2: AK47 up to ear
    Pro2 Evo pre-2012: AK47 behind head
    Pro2 Evo after 2012: AK47 a couple streets away
    I guess it's all relative. I have bought some Pro2 Evo mid-last year, and while they are louder than Shimano or DT hubs, I don't think they are that loud. Loud enough to remind me to stop coasting, loud enough to remind the person in front of me that I am coasting behind them, but not obnoxiously loud.

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