- 2nd hand Hope or new XT/SLX Brakeset….
building up another bike at the moment and looking at brakes for it. Always used hope X2 brakes and currently have these on another bike and really like the feel and look etc of them.
So, shopping around and it appears i can get a new set of SLX/XT brakes for roughly the same price as a set of second hand X2’s
im looking at using one set of wheels and rotars ect for both bikes for a while so need the rotars to be compatable with each other.
so is this a no brainer…
wallet says new xt/SLXPosted 4 years ago
heart says 2nd hand Hopes
Keeping for 2 years, 2nd hand hope as you’d lose nothing on them.
Keeping for 6 years, shimano, eventualy something will break, my piston seals went.
Keeping to let your kids inherit them (or at least relegate to the commuter in 6 years when padless magnetic levitation regenerative lazer brakes are released), Hope, my only problem with their brakes was a blown seal on some 8 year old C2’s, cost about a fiver to fix!
the rotor sizes make no difference to the brakes, its all about the calliper mounts to determine the size.
Kinda true, I’ve had a few recently that wouldn’t play nicely together for some reason, probably that some specify 180, others 183, others 185mm. If you keep hope rotors then best to buy hope adapters as they’d be more likely to work (IME).Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
Was looking at this myself recently and decided to steer clear of Shimano. Everyone was saying they were much better despite leaky seals, seals that freeze in the winter, discs that melt etc. Didn’t quite entice me to buy them despite their attractive pricing. Was going to take the plunge on Hopes, but I ended up getting a great deal on ebay for a set of new Formula RX’s with discs. Got a couple of mates with Formula brakes and they love them and for them have been perfectly reliable for a good number of years now with no bleeding needed and no leaky seals that have lasted a number of winters.
I’m sure the Shimano issues reported are in the minority, but they don’t look particularly sexy (not at all in fact – back to the head and heart discussion), and the price I got on the Formulas for was not much more than SLX.Posted 4 years agopeterfileMember
I’ve currently got a set of Formula The Ones and Hope Tech M4. Also looking to pick up some SLX so that I can have a brake-off to see which ones I prefer and then sell the other two.
Took the Ones and M4s up to Nevis Range to try them out on the DH last weekend. The Ones were up first…I haven’t taken them off yet, fantastic!
That said, I used the M4s for yonks and loved them too.
Keen to try SLX and see what all the fuss is about.Posted 4 years agoToastyMember
Shimano fail and bin.
My old 2008 ones are still going strong, worst case scenario, your brakes explode. You’re down £30 for a new caliper or lever.
You can spend some of the £150 you’ve saved getting £100 SLX instead of £250 Hopes.
Latest Shimano feel great as well!Posted 4 years agoToastyMember
By “more adjustment”, do you actually just mean they’ve got bite point dial, which the XT calls Free Stroke adjustment? They do look like they’re from space, but to be honest there’s not a huge amount of adjustment is there?
Random link, can’t recall a grouptest actually saying the Evos are as powerful or “feel better” than new Shimanos.Posted 4 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
well in that link toasty the evo race x2s are more powerful than all shimano except xtr trail and slx, yet all are more powerful than saints??
Could well be true
I had hope X2’s and new XT’s, the XT’s feel more powerfull, but in the “dicking about behind my house on a 1in3 hill” test, the mini’s would hold the bike stationary on the back brake, the shimano’s wouldn’t.
The shimano’s have a lot of force for not much input, but it doesn’t seem to go up linearly like the hopes which at some point overtake them (as quasi-scientificaly proved by making them hold the bike still on a steep slope)Posted 4 years ago
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