Hope Tech Evo X2: Disappointed..
I love my tech x2’s and use them for everything including riding dh (on my burly set up five not a dh bike), the brakes work great for me, I don’t like grabby brakes, I prefer not to lock up the wheels as soon as I touch the brakes as I find it gives me more control. Each to their own though. I have 183mm rotors on mine and never felt the need to go up to bigger rotors.Posted 5 years agoelliott-20Member
I’ve done a mixture of moorland routes and trail centres
There you go, that’s your problem. 😆
In all seriousness. I run the non-evo tech M4/X2 combo and get on well with it. They are a lot softer in feel to say the SLX or new XT but I get on better with that than the ‘snap’ of the Shimanos. It also took a few rides to be in properly and the sintered (gold) pads do seem to perform better than the stock organics that came with the brakes.Posted 5 years ago
Considering the cost i think they are rubbish so far. Although i do wonder if theres something wrong with mine if others are getting on well with them.
Off to the peaks on sunday so i’ll have a go at bedding some new sintered pads in before then and ses if it makes a difference.Posted 5 years agoJonEdwardsMember
They’re a very different feel to Shimano.
I don’t like the current Shimanos- too much raw power, not enough modulation. Arguably X2’s are exactly the opposite. Loads of modulation, but yes, you do have to PULL the lever to stop, not just fart in it’s general vicinity.Posted 5 years agoSimwitSubscriber
I have to agree with Richieboy on this. I recently bought a set of the special edition X2’s to base a build around the green & black colour scheme (yes,yes I know it’s lame!) & I have to say I’m just not liking them. Maybe it’s because my only other experience of MTB disc brakes is 2010 XT’s and I’m just used to how they feel but the X2’s seem weak.Posted 5 years agoHoratioHufnagelMember
Considering the cost i think they are rubbish so far.
i had a similar experience and got rid of them. Whenever i mentioned it everyone just said Hope brakes were great and there must be something wrong with them, but i could never find out what, despite sending them back to Hope a couple of timesPosted 5 years agostevedeMember
The feel of Hopes is massively different to Shimano brakes, if you want the lever feel and bite you had with Shimano then your looking in the wrong place, i have a good few mates who love the XT’s they got from Rose bikes for decent money, i tried them and hated them, they don’t like my brakes either so it’s all down to personal preference. I like my brakes to have stacks of modulation and only anchor up when i’m fully at the bars.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
I’ve got the lastest XT’s on one bike, had elixirs before that and XT-mini’s before that.
The X2’s are great for XC and plenty powerfull enough. Not as powerfull as the others, but close enough. I run them with lightweight rotors which dulls their power a bit and they’re still good.
The XT’s I thought were very good, but once set up how I liked them they’re not as solid and powerfull as I rememeber, still more than good enough. Seem’s they get worse the closer you run them to the bar (I run mine so I can pull the lever right to the bar and be only just locking up when braking with one wheel and my weight right off the back on the road).
The Elixirs were functionaly the best, although their reliability was lacking. More power than the XT’s but that was useless if on one in 4 rides they’d pull to the bar!Posted 5 years agoCaptainMainwaringMember
First of all what are you using them for? They are XC brakes, not AM although I’ve done some very big techy descents with one finger braking.
When you bled them did you go through the extra bit of putting the caps back on, pointing them down, doing some tapping, etc, as per the video on the Hope website? Also did you wind the BPA screw fully out before starting the bleed, also per the video? If not you may still have air in the system.
They are a little picky on how they are set up and don’t like being run too close to the bar. The setup I find works best is to screw the BPA all the way in, then back out 3 clicks. Then set the reach. Needs a bit of time to get used to a different feeling to grabbier brakesPosted 5 years agoallmountain76Member
Mine were the same until i centralized the piston / pads. Now i can set them up from instant bite to loads of modulation using the BPC. I had Saint M810’s prior to these and although not quite as grabby they are still more than powerful and sharp enough. Initially though they felt wooden with no bite until i centralized the pads:Posted 5 years ago
Interesting this richie, I am currently awaiting my new bike and have opted for some hope v2’s…previously used xt, the model prior to ice tech, will have to see how they fare, going for larger rotors tho. I had mini mono’s a few years back and never had any issues hence why I went for hope…Posted 5 years ago
Quick update on this: I changed the rotors, popped new pads in and the brakes are now excellent. We stuck the old discs in a bike with brakes that were working properly and they were suddenly rubbish. Looks like the discs were contaminated.
The last two rides the brakes have been excellent. How the discs got contaminated i dont know, i’m always really carefull. I suspect something got on them when it was parked in the shop next to my work stand..Posted 5 years ago
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