Thanks for other thoughts, Shimano definitely sound powerful no faff stoppers, but not much in the way of lock up control on descents.
rickon - Member
Tried a recent set of Hopes on a mates bike recently and they were lacking in power and feel
They are totally different to Shimano, which have no power until you reach the bite point, and then loads - but no more the more you pull the lever.
The Tech3 3s have a little power, then the more you pull the lever they have more, then they bite fully, and if you keep pulling they get more and more powerful.
Coming from Shimano brakes you won't be pulling hard enough, and will be expecting them to bite hard way sooner.
On the steep descents around Inners they're amazing, you can easily feather them so you don't lock up, whereas with the Shimanos I was locking up a lot.
I've had the new.. Deore, SLX, XT and XTR - which all felt the same, just the XTR looked nicer than the rest.
In terms of overall power, the Tech3 E4s are immensely powerful, I grabbed a handful in a panic moment, and totalled myself into a ditch.
Panic grab and ditch The feathering part sounds akin to what i'm used to with Formulas.
Brakes so far...
Avid Juicy 5 + 7 = turkey warble, braked ok, but that warble arghghgh
Hayes HFX 9 = on or off, no progressiveness
Formula Oro K18 + then bianco = pad change/bleed faff, not many places would service/repair, but all made up by the modulation on a sublime level, so much control and utmost power when fully on. First brand I was proper wowed by.
So I think Tech 3 E4 or X2, are the two i'm settled on. Merlins seem best i've found so far on price. Still deciding if weight of E4 is worth the extra few quid, and if they may be too powerful!