- Hope X2 or New SLX brake?
Really odd one…..I’ve got both, each pretty much brand new…..have to keep one set, sell another but I can’t decide.
What would you do?
I’m torn, can’t fault SLX for power or feel and love the length of the leave, haven’t used the X2’s properly but they look proper pimp, silver with braded hoses, and damm they just feel amazingly engineered, plus very serviceable.
Head = SLXPosted 6 years ago
Heart = X2’s
X2s are massively underpowered compared to SLXs (or just about any brake for that matter). SLX all the way.
I have some 2012 X2’s and they are definitely powerful enough. I used some 2012 XT today, I would say they are more powerful, but power isn’t everything. You can only have so much before they lock up.Posted 6 years agomindmap3Member
I’d keep the SLX brakes myself. I gave up on Hope a long time ago; they’re lovely looking, spares are easy to get and they’re British however the last few pairs I had and those of friends were unreliable. When we went to Morzine I was running Hayes brakes, everyone took the mick because they were ugly, heavy etc but never missed a beat unlike their M4’s.
I had the original Saint brakes and they were awesome, mega powerful in all weather and needed very little maintenance.Posted 6 years agoprezetMember
Compare how the pads are fastened for example- on the hopes its a stainless steel machined pin with O rings – last shimanos I had ( LX) was a mild steel split pin
Makes no difference to performance. SLX are cheaper than Hope – true, but still hold their own against them, if not out performing them (can’t say for certain as haven’t used X2’s). Shimano build quality is top notch.Posted 6 years agohugh_bMember
I’ve used hope’s for years, great pad life, spares back up and looks but just don’t cut it with me. I’ve had the x2 and m4’s and both have been under powered and didn’t cope with heat all that well. I don’t even consider them anymore!
A mate has got the new xtr trail brakes which are awesome. I’m using avid elixir myself which have also been fantastic (touch wood) and i wouldn’t change them for anything.
Go for the slxPosted 6 years agorobsoctaneMember
Go for the Hopes, used them myself and they FEEL great. Power isn’t everything as someone said. Ultimate power just locks the brake quickly, ultimate feel helps you out when needed. No one builds feel into their brakes like Hope and that’s the main reason I use them. Think what you like about looks though – that’s only in the eye of the beholder, as they say. Personally I think they are also the best looking on the market currently.Posted 6 years agoseth-enslow666Member
I can’t see the point in using anything other than Shimano. I gave up on Hopes a few years ago. Love my old XTR ones and all the other Shimano brakes I have had. Hated every set of Hopes I ever had. You need the spares as they always need messing about with. Granted Shimano spares are pretty none existent but you rarely need them!Posted 6 years ago
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