Hope X2 in the mountains
Hope X2 in the mountains – Hope say trail but not really AM… so… will they overheat and be useless on stupid long alpine descents, or are they actually more capable than Hope reckon?
What do they feel like when they begin to lose it, or is it simply a case of not enough power, and hence go for M4 (or if you want stupid power go V2).
Real world experiences please 😉Posted 7 years agobig_scot_nannySubscriber
I haven’t found the tech M4s to be a hell of a lot better than either avids or shimano’s at resisting fade on looooong descents, but I probably drag my brakes way to much.
They are maybe a bit better, but still fade, and turkey gobble when they really heat up also (doesn’t affect braking but a comical noise).
Better feel than any other brake I have used however, truly marvelous. And the engineering and support from Hope is brill.
So, not really answering your Q, but hopefully insightful! 🙂Posted 7 years agoTandemJeremyMember
I have overheated M4s on the tandem.
One of two things happens – the lever pushes out against your hand but the brake still works – that gives you warning its going to go. However once what happened was that I released the brake – and next time I pulled it on I go nothing – lever back to the bar – I assume as I let go of the lever the fluid boiled as the pressure dropped.
Bleed thru with fresh fluid should help prevent the fluid bioling.Posted 7 years agoCaptainMainwaringMember
I’ve used my Tech X2’s for Cairngorm descents, the longest being off Ben McDhui. Plenty of power for me and no fade that I noticed although to be fair it was not one continuous descent. Was not very happy with them when first fitted, but now I’ve bled the reservoirs as per the Hope website video they are perfect. M4’s would be the same.
A few weeks before the Ben McDhui ride I did Cairngorm down to Loch Morlich with my Mono Minis and also didn’t get fade. Subjectively I would say the X2’s without a reservoir bleed were about the same power as perfectly set up Minis, but once done properly have more power with at least as good modulationPosted 7 years ago
I currently have Mono-Mini’s with 160mm floating rotors. I’m off to the Alps in the summer and am considering upgrading to something more “alpine”. Definately larger rotors, but maybe M4’s or X2’s.
Would probably keep them on afterwards. How much heavier etc are the M4’s?Posted 7 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Have you totally decided on Hope? Reason I ask is that Formula Oros are still very cheap and will do the job you need perfectly. I don’t know what it takes to make them fade but even with a knobber like me dragging their brakes the whole way down a world cup dh course, mine didn’t even seem to notice…Posted 7 years ago
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