New brake dilemma
I’am after some new brakes light, but powerful no more than £350
I have narrowed it down to 3
1. Hope stealth race x2 around £350 with rotors (probably 160)
2. XTR race £330 with 160 ice tech rotors at Merlin
3. Formula R1 £300 with 160 rotors at Merlin
Generally I would go straight for hopes as I have run various hopes before and find them very good.
But sometimes I feel like I want a change, I have had deore before and liked them also had some k24 but found them a bit of a pain to bleed and a bit fickle although fantastic stopping power for the 160 and 140 rotors that I used with them
Anyone got any thoughts or recommendations on any of the above?Posted 5 years ago
I’d go Shimano XT, but I’d actually consider XT or SLX – they really are very very good. Just reminded today how good my XT’s are – single finger braking all day long.
Not as light as Hope X2 Race or XTR race (and a bit less blingy) but quite a lot less money!
HOWEVER, if I was splashing the cash and going for some bling – I’d go for the Hope’s over XTR. Simply as they are more serviceable. A new seal on an x2 caliper is cheap and easy. Blow the same on XTR and it’s new caliper time. A Hope seal will be a lot less money than a new XTR caliper.Posted 5 years agogasyzMember
I’ve been using xt m785 for a few months now and love them,realy nice little levers feel just perfect for one finger braking which is all you need cause they’re so powerfull.Every one who trys them wants a set now.I’ve got elxir cr on my other bike and now looking to change them to xt.Posted 5 years agoScapegoatSubscriber
That’s probably as far as you’ll get to be honest.
Someone will trot along and say you can get Hope parts at the local newsagent, whereas you’ll have to swap the caliper out if the bleed nipple cap splits on a shimano ‘cos they don’t sell spares, and then someone will say they can modulate their Hopes but you can’t modulate a Shimano, and then someone will say that you can modulate a Shimano unless you’re used to hauling on Hopes, and then someone will be rude about someone else’s riding ability and it’ll descend into chaos.
I have Shimano on all my bikes, except the one that has Hopes on it, so I know knack all about it. 😀 Scapegoat jnr likes the Hopes on his Ragley. I love the SLX on my HT and XT on the bouncer, and I have to bleed Jnr’s Hopes every so often, and I don’t have to bleed the Shimanos.Posted 5 years ago
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