Do I want floating rotors and braided hoses?
I’m about to order some new Hope brakes, and I’m trying to decide about the options. My Google Fu is crap, and I can’t seem to find weights for the Hope 183mm floating and normal rotors, are the floaters lighter? Any other advantages to them?
What’s the consensus on braided hoses, better braking or waffle?Posted 6 years agojivehoneyjiveMember
Floating rotors dissipate heat better, braided hoses are more supple (better for routing in GGGGnarly slopestyle fashion) but unless you are rocking tailwhips down alpine trails, or mincing alluringly on the catwalk, you probably won’t notice muc difference, but for a sense of acheivement at spending more money on posh bits.Posted 6 years agoseth-enslow666Member
NO point I sold my braided goodridge hoses on here and stuck bog standard hoses on my Shimano brakes, which I had in the spares box! I got 30 quid back on my brakes and they worked the same. I enjoyed the night out with the money a lot more than someone saying “ooooooo you have braided hoses made by goodridge” I don’t like the look of them anyway, trying to be a bit too motocross IMO. I never really noticed a difference on my motocross bikes when I once put some on. Since that it sort of put me against them Ha.
As for the discs well they are supposed to spread the heat over the entire disc better and dispel the heat better. Again I have XTR discs on my bike which are floating. the other bike as the same disc brakes but with a more standard less fancy Shimano rotor and the brakes don’t feel as good with the floating rotors on.
The answer is NO, you don’t need these at all! If you were Steve Peat then maybe they might be of some use for the ever and I mean ever so slight difference they would make to someone of that level. Plus he would get them for nowt too!Posted 6 years agoclubberMember
As above, they look good and if you regularly damage hoses, then braided may be worthwhile (do people really damage hoses? I guess I’m not gnarlcore enough but in almost 15 years I’ve never damaged a hose…)
I have some bikes with braided hoses, some without, some mixed. Also some bikes with floating rotors, some without. No functional, real world difference.Posted 6 years agostanleyMember
You need them!
As mentioned, the braided hoses are more flexible. This means that they can be routed closer to the frame, making a tidier installation. ie. less of a loop at the bars and (on a full suspension) possibly a neater frame to swingarm crossing. Also on the full suspension they move and flex with the suspension movement so much better.
Floating discs? Disc can move under braking to retain perfect alignment and have a slight weight saving. Possible negative is that if you bend one, they are almost impossible to straighten.
Imho they both look “loads” better, and the discs make a cool tinging noise as they cool down 🙂Posted 6 years agoCaptainMainwaringMember
Only thing that puts me off is not having matching gear cables.
Just replaced my gear cables with the Goodridge clear jobs which show the braided weave through the plastic cover. Quite unplanned but they match my Hope braided hoses really well – not identical but pretty close
Edit. I went for braided brake hoses because they MAY be slightly better and more resistant to damage, and the floating rotors because they look great and match my red Hope hubs etcPosted 6 years ago
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