Hope mini has finally died
It was £37 for both rebuild kits (lever and calliper), the two new pistons and a set of pads. If hope are £48 for calliper alone, I’m better off doing it myself. I just want to know if it’s worth it for an old, mediocre disc brake. What is worth getting for that sort of cash?Posted 6 years ago
The hope mini front brake on my commuter has finally died after about 7 years – the lever has a horrid feel (needs rebuild kit) and the pistons are scored to bits (needs rebuild kit, new pistons and new pads).
Is it worth the effort and £37 to rebuild and continue for another few years, or am I better off buying something cheap but modern? If it’s time to replace, what’s a cost effective replacement? Or should I go for something used instead.
I don’t want to spend much…..Posted 6 years ago
I’ve done both before when I bought them second hand about 7yrs ago. Both were easy and I rather enjoyed tinkering with them. I’m confident that doing a full refurb will work well, but am just questioning the economics of it. Is the money better spent on a new cheap front brake, or a secondhand less new but better brake, or are minis not that bad after all?Posted 6 years agoskipratMember
Looked at this the other year. Think it was £40 (couple of years ago) and it was BOTH lever and caliper. New pads included and even new hose (i think). I was replacing hose and they didn’t do the bigger old hose, only the new smaller diameter. I only needed one set of hose adaptors so wasn’t worth it for me but hope dealer said it would be in with a service.
Give them a bell, well worth it when you think about it.Posted 6 years agoIsaacClarkeMember
I’m a fettler and always rebuild my Hopes, since the days of C2s
A few years ago I had Hope rebuild an ‘unsettled’ second hand Mono M4 that just didn’t feel right – great service.
I still do all my own, and my commuter has my Minis. They’ve been used and abused so got treated to phenolic pistons, seals and new hoses. Sure I could’ve got something else second hand for a similar price, but I’d probably have to rebuild those soon too!!
Have fun knowing that you know your bike inside and out : )Posted 6 years agoMugbooMember
I bought some 2nd SLX for £80 for the pair for my SS and they feel really sharp compared with my mono mini’s.
But they don’t stop me any quicker than the mono mini’s on my HT.
And the M4’s on my FS are now 6 yrs old and still perfect. Bet those SLX don’t last as long…Posted 6 years agoglobaltiMember
Send them back to Hope for a refurb. Hope are an excellent company and they will come back like new.
More importantly, throwing bike parts away because they’re tired goes against the whole philosophy of cycling; there’s nothing on a bicycle that can’t be serviced or refurbished and there’s a certain elegance about well-used old parts still giving good service.Posted 6 years ago
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