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  • Hope X2 or New SLX brake?
  • nwill1
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    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 = SLX
    Heart = X2’s

    b r
    Member

    Keep the SLX’s and sell me those crap Hope’s for my son’s bike 🙂

    sambob
    Member

    New SLX FTW. Awesome brakes, even compared to the best, never id the fact they’re less than £60 an end.

    skywalker
    Member

    I would have the X2’s personally

    nwill1
    Member

    2 for Hope
    1 for SLX

    Anyone else?

    prezet
    Member

    SLX – I have the 2012’s, can’t fault em for value for money. I think Jedi was complaining about his Hopes the other day saying how bad they were in the wet. Might be wrong though.

    Either that, or he was looking for an excuse to buy Saints 😛

    Premier Icon easygirl
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    Heart =hope
    Power and reliability= slx

    coogan
    Member

    SLX without doubt.

    nwill1
    Member

    4 for SLX
    2 for Hope

    Come on I need a bigger sample.

    ruscle
    Member

    Hope every time, sell both sets and get the V2’s

    nwill1
    Member

    Ha yeah V2’s are nice but need the money….I killed my rim yesterday.

    Premier Icon somouk
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    I’d be keeping the SLX.

    jedi
    Member

    i use v2’s and they squeal and dont stop as well in the wet 🙁
    had them years and rarely ride in the wet

    bunnerscj
    Member

    X2’s everytime !

    I’d have the SLX straight away!

    nwill1
    Member

    Jedi – I was reading you were a bit of a guru….any experience with the 2012 SLX for comparison?

    lazybike
    Member

    hope on the front, slx on the back…hth

    jedi
    Member

    never used shimano brakes 🙁

    Hope

    Sell the shimanos now they have some value.

    nwill1
    Member

    Any other reason other than value? I think the hopes will fetch more!?

    Reason? the hope are a far higher quality product, pads last longer, spares are available

    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

    munrobiker
    Member

    X2s are massively underpowered compared to SLXs (or just about any brake for that matter). SLX all the way.

    Also, in contrast to Jezza, I’ve found Hopes to be massively unreliable so while they look well made, they aren’t. Conversely my Shimanos are faultless.

    X2s are massively underpowered compared to SLXs (or just about any brake for that matter). SLX all the way.

    +1!

    nwill1
    Member

    SLX 8
    Hope 5

    Premier Icon Northwind
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    The Hopes aren’t as good and you’ll probably be able to sell them for more, simples…

    skywalker
    Member

    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.

    dirk_pumpa
    Member

    love my slx brakes but im not sure how much use they’ll be to me after a year of usage, time will tell.

    jordie
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    X-2 with normal pads are pretty bad, X-2`s with sintered pads are really good.They do need to be lined up centered with the disc to get the best out of them but once set up and with sintered pads i really like them.

    mindmap3
    Member

    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.

    nwill1
    Member

    12 SLX
    6 Hopes

    prezet
    Member

    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.

    Hope X2’s every time!

    hugh_b
    Member

    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 slx

    nwill1
    Member

    Looks like its heading for function over form….head over heart….may well be posting X2’s in classified very soon.

    skywalker
    Member

    Looks like its heading for function over form….head over heart….may well be posting X2’s in classified very soon.

    Do you feel the X2’s are under-powered?

    Edit: I just read the original post. Put them on your bike then make up your mind, I bet you keep the Hopes.

    duir
    Member

    i use v2’s and they squeal and dont stop as well in the wet

    Doesn’t that describe all disk brakes ever? 🙂

    MoseyMTB
    Member

    I got the X2 evo’s for Christmas so I hope they are good 🙁

    jedi
    Member

    no. the kid i was coaching rode my bike for a bit and could stop on his easily but not on mine!! same conditions diff brakes

    duir
    Member

    That’s surprising for V2’s, mine squeal a bit in the wet until they heat up then stop squealing but the difference in power in the wet is barely detectable. What pads you using?

    skywalker
    Member

    no. the kid i was coaching rode my bike for a bit and could stop on his easily but not on mine!! same conditions diff brakes

    Would be a good comparison if they both had the same pads. Maybe try some new ones, they might be contaminated.

    robsoctane
    Member

    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.

    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!

    skywalker
    Member

    I can’t see the point in using anything other than Shimano

    I can

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