SLX are great for the money. Hope are greater for more money.
SLX were SHimanos best-kept secret. The ulitmate combo until recently was M775 XT levers with SLX calipers - as the SLX calipers ran smoother longer due the the construction being stiffer. XT made some compromises for weight that affects piston travel. That piece of information came from Shimano's disc brake top man at Shimano Europe when I was on a course there in 2008.
If the Hopes are with Tech levers go with them.Otherwise use the SLX.
And ignore Kaiser. He just wants to buy them off you. New XTs don't come close - except for the blocks.
Completed: 94 Stumpjumper w. M733; ; 92 Dave Yates 731 ; 97 Parkpre Pro-Elite ; Pace RC200 F6 ; Pace RC300; 82 Gios Super Record ; 97-8 De Rosa Giro D´Italia; ; Banani SPX Track bike ; 89 Alan/Mavic Cross Bike ; 05 Focus Cross Team ; 90 Look MI-80 all-Mavic ; 12 Focus Izalco Team/custom build ; 11 Focus Thunder Custom build
Projects : , Brouwer all-Mavic
Stripped : Pace RC303
Gone : GT Karakoram
Stayed in the family: Kuota Kharma, 04 Stumpjumper FSR
Ceased to be : Dynatech MT3, killed by corroded seatstays.