Hope XCR Pro X2 Review | How good can 199g brakes really be?

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Fresh new Hope XCR Pro X2 stoppers for XC racers or trail bike riders wanting to save on weight, but do they offer as much power as the competition? While some brands like to launch new products year on year, Hope tends to build kit and stick with it for a good few years. This is great for customers as we never really have to worry about spares, and it also makes it all the more special when Hope does release something new. The XCR Pro X2 was released earlier this year and was surrounded by a fanfare of its low-weight, new lever design, carbon blade lever and a whole host of other features to bring the overall weight down to just 199g per end without discs. Like many Hope products, the new XCR Pro X2 is manufactured in-house at Hope’s facilities in the UK. The body of the lever and the caliper are machined from aluminium with any excess material removed to keep the weight down, but the finish retains the typical ‘industrial’ Hope...

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  • Hope XCR Pro X2 Review | How good can 199g brakes really be?
  • Premier Icon steelbike
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    Don’t need to read your review ,I have my own , utter crap and they weigh 219g how nice of them to weigh the front only to get the 199g FIGURE BECAUSE THE REAR IS NO WHERE NEAR
    Lot of money for an x2 caliper and quite a flexible poorly engineered carbon brake lever.

    Premier Icon Andrew Jones
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    I have not read it either there will probably be some reference to ‘amazing engineering’….which is actually just lots of expensive pointless machining on a product just does not actually function that well.

    Premier Icon dyna-ti
    Free Member

    10% Power increase over Race Evo lever

    Hope levers have been throwing that ‘10% extra’ for the last several incarnations.
    The pro lever has 10% over the sport lever, the new mono lever has etc etc. We must be up to 70% increase in power from the initial C2 pro to today. 😆

    Premier Icon monkeyboyjc
    Full Member

    Have to say I like mine……

    Does what it’s says – it’s a lightweight xc brake. As for the 10% claim, can’t say I’ve notice any difference between the tech3 E4/X2 setup they replaced on my bike – they’re just a little lighter.

    My biggest annoyance – which goes for all hope brakes that use the X2 caliper, is the hose angle on the rear brake isn’t adjustable.

    Lots of money for what they are and I’m sure theres some cycle boom inflation to blame for that. Had to leave the hoses long for the swept bars I sometimes run.

    Premier Icon rickon
    Full Member

    I’ve not read the comments, but I’m sure they’re full of hatred for a UK company.

    I’m also hoping there’s a ‘Shimano brakes are more powerful than the Hope brakes I used 20 years ago’.

    Come on STW! Bring it on!!!!

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    “Super lightweight?” Heavier than a decade-old Formula R1… Which isn’t that big of a deal, except that they’ve made the weight a big deal, while also inevitably machining them specifically so that there’s material left behind that’s not doing anything except making people go “ooooh look, cnc’d!”.

    Premier Icon cynic-al
    Full Member

    @Northwind they were really that light?

    ST magazine wanting more colour choices, this is why I rarely read reviews.

    Premier Icon Northwind
    Full Member

    @Al, Yeah, 180g for the standard, bit less for the really pimpy ones, bit more if you wanted the twiddly dials.

    Actually was curious so I looked up my The Ones, they’re 215g with the alu levers, so sub-200g with the carbon. Got a set of those on the dh bike…

    Premier Icon brennanpeyton
    Full Member

    You tested Hope Brakes XC brakes on a trail bike with non-Hope Rotors? Were you a bit busy to do a proper review? These are superb brakes with great feel that work and continue to work race after race (at least that’s what my lad who races them says)

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