Shimano or hope brakes?
Which won't have new pads, braided hose and fully bled..
No but you can easily reuse all the parts from the old caliper; pads, hoses, banjos, seals. OK you'll have to shell out for a new barb and olive (£2).
stuartue c (sic) – really a whole caliper for 46 pounds.
Have a search on ebay for "shimano xt caliper" – M765 caliper £33 + £12 postage from USA. Functionally identical to M775 caliper but silver rather than black. And the prices of these will likely come down whereas a Hope rebuild will likely go up (speculating here).Posted 8 years ago
No but you can easily reuse all the parts from the old caliper; pads, hoses, banjos, seals. OK you'll have to shell out for a new barb and olive (£2)
So your old tat bolted to a new caliper that still needs to be bled through.
Not to mention that this caliper has to be scourced from the USA.
Bonus.Posted 8 years agoTandemJeremyMember
I accept hopes seem to be more susceptible to heat ( perhaps because of less meatl to absorb it?) – although I have to try really hard to cook the ones on the tandem – but this is greatly reduced if you bleed thru with fresh fluid annually – old fluid absorbs water which lowers the boiling point. Since I started doing the annual bleed thru I have never overheated a set – and the tandem puts far more heat intot eh brakes than a solo – old school M4s with 203 / 185 discs.
Those who have had overheating – had yu bled thru with fresh dot 5.1 in the previous year?Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
"Which won't have new pads, braided hose and fully bled."
Why would you want to replace the hose if there's nothing wrong with it 😕 XT calipers do come with pads, which are very effective.
Only criticism I have of my XTs is that one of the pistons was slightly sticky from new, which needed a few minutes of work to clear up. Other than that they've been flawless, for general riding about or for fort william uplifts.Posted 8 years agoRepacKMember
I always wonder when these "whats best" posts pop up & folk answer with this or that opinion on such & such a make what their maintenance schedule is like? I mean nothing is going to work for ever if you dont look after it properly..
Personally, Ive had Hope, Shimano & Magura & its not easy to tell them apart. The Hopes have the best feel, the Shimanos are a bit wooden & the Maguras Ive only had for a short while. Ive cooked both the Hopes & the Shimanos in the Alps & elsewhere & just spent the w/e riding my Maguras in Moab with no probs. IMO there isnt much difference between any of them but the crucial factor is how you look after them.Posted 8 years agoshoefitiMember
^^^^^^^exactly what i was going to say^^^^^^^^
Yes hopes are good, i like the feel, not everones cup of tea, but i like them. Yes the customer service and spares availability is great, but yes you will need it at some point. Yes shimano are pretty invincable – can't really complain about the performance of mine. I love magura's build qaulity but i find for me the lever feel is a little mushy, the powers there, i just prefer the feel of the hopes.
I think if i wanted some brales today i'd have hopes, as although you may need the availability of parts etc these are accsessable and i love the way hope will do their upmost to get you the parts no matter where you are in the world (well that's what they did for me, so they'll have my brake cash money so long as they make brakes that work)Posted 8 years agoGEDAMember
I had some slx brakes for a week in the Alps and they never boiled or needed new pads. But the rider and the conditions probably had much more influence than the brakes though so there is not much point me posting this brake is great! The most important thing about brakes pads lasting is the conditions and how much you drag the brakes and the same goes for boiling as well.Posted 8 years agoAndyPMember
Of the two: Shimano if you want to be sure your brakes will work when you squeeze the lever. Hope if you want nasty gold coloured stuff on your bike. Simple.Posted 8 years ago
Personally I ditched all my Hopes for Avid BB7s. Huge improvement. BB7s since replaced with Juicy 7s. Even better.juanMember
It depends reallyPosted 8 years ago
If you want your bike to stop no fuss… Hope
Bear in mind this is STW therefore most of the keyboard riders on here think the black at laggan is hard.
If you want to be pickish do as TJ said, but then considering how slow he rides I am not surprises he cooks the DOT inside.pypdjlSubscriber
Hope if you want nasty gold coloured stuff on your bike. Simple.
Strange, the last 2 sets of hope brakes I bought have no gold bits on them, and work superbly. As others have said, pretty much all modern hydro brakes work very well, as long as they are set up correctly. The only ones I'd actively avoid are juicies.Posted 8 years ago
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