- If you were going to buy new disc brakes…
Not because they're better than hopes (they're not) but they are better value IMO. SLX only £20 cheaper.
Shimano XT. They're a lot more powerful than X2s.
A LOT easier to break and much harder to repair (if at all) as well.You gets what you pays for.Posted 7 years ago
Northwind – Member
Formula Oros. Or SLX otherwise. Never met a Hope that seemed to deliver good value for money so far. I'd also consider the latest Deore 595, they're fantastic for the money, very strong though not quite as good on feel as the SLX.
I can only imagine you've not tried M4's on Tech levers then.Posted 7 years agooliverd1981Member
Having tried many, and loved few, The SLX's that came on my bike last year were a genuine revelation, Everyone who has tried the say's they have remarkably good "feel". I'm currentlly running them on my hardtail, but (with the right size rotors) I'd happily run them on the DH bike (as a friend of mine has done for the past year or so, also with nothing but good to say about them)Posted 7 years agoThree_FishMember
Is a brake that can never be serviced still good value for money?
I buy Hope primarily because of the performance. Although not the most powerful, the M4 is possibly the most versatile brake available; although the X2/Mini can be drafted in for a lighter rear option if one's braking style permits. Even the larger V2 can be toned down for general trail use because of lever adjustemnts which actually do what they say they do. I can mix and match calipers and levers to give me an ideal personal set-up.
Buying Hope supports British manufacturing and British design – it keeps as much money as possible within our own economy and keeps people in employment. I can service and overhaul Hopes ad infinitum because every single component is available to the consumer at sensible money. I have a solid warranty and access to probably the best customer service in the industry. I can call Hope and talk directly with people who understand the product and who are genuinely happy to help.
Until Hope stop being the company that they are, producing the standard of product that they do, I see no reason buy anyone else's brakes.Posted 7 years agonickeggMember
Formula RX from UK Bike Store. You can get front and rear for approx £280.
Far superior to all the previous brakes i've run…..Hope M4/Mini Mono/X2 and Avid Juicy 5.
EDIT: Three_Fish: I thought the same until i tried the Formulas 😀 They've been faultless and by all accounts if i do encounter any problems then Toby at Propel is a great help.Posted 7 years agoPeteG55Subscriber
I'd highly recommend the shimanos, love my old deores, fault free for more than 5 years. From everything I've read the new SLXs should be as good. That deal from ribble above is great, got to be worth a go.Posted 7 years ago
On a lot more expensive note, I've recently tried a pair of Formula RX1s and they had incredible feel and power on 180mm rotors. Easily the best brakes I've tried in a long time.tomhughes46Subscriber
I have some XT (m765), some Hayes HFX9s and some older M4s. Have also had Juicy threes and Mono Minis.
Between the Hopes and the XT, rotors are 180/160 (XT) and 200/180. I'm guessing, factoring in rotor size power is probably about even. Hopes might be a little better in terms of modulation but it's not a fair test.
The advantage of Hope is you can buy parts. If you bend a lever blade, or the pushrod you can get new one in a matter of days, and they carry bits for older designs. Getting spares for my m765s is impossible I believe. Also pads for hope are easy to buy.
I'm not a fan of Avid (or to some extent Hayes), bleeding them is a right pain in the proverbial, unless you have the bleedkit with you, you can't just pop down to Halfords and get some DOT.
I don't know much about maintenance for Magura or Clarks.
Friends have Shimano Saint. Power is amazing, but maintenance might be an issue.Posted 7 years agocullen-bayMember
if i were looking for new brakes atm, id go for these!Posted 7 years agoReluctantMember
Formulas in looking good shocker 😮
Look good, work well, ain't gonna break the bank.Posted 7 years ago
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