Don't know what you fellas with Hope complaints are doing wrong.
Current generation of Tech brakes are the best ever IMHO..... and I've tried them all except XC4s.
No problems with bleeding at this end. Or with anything else for that matter.
It's just that Shimano and Formula have moved the game on in terms of power...in a big way. Even Avid are pretty up there power wise, they're just not very reliable.
The Hope brakes with the original Mini lever were pants; the lads with M4's and 6 pots in Morzine a few years ago struggled with boiling brakes, lack of power and various other issues. My M4's aren't great but are loads better than the Mini's on my other half's Chameleon. I'm only running Hope brakes because the hubs on both bikes are five bolt jobbies.
You're not exactly comparing like with like though are you? Post-2007 Shimano adjustable systems with obsolete pre-Tech lever Hopes from 2004/5....
Sure as hell the Mini/M4 lever-type brakes lag behind in terms of performance when compared with current Shimano offerings. But when the Tech levers came out they caught up all the lost ground and then some....
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.