I've run pretty much every Hope brake ever made except for XC4s, V2s and the new V4s and the original cablebrake.
Point of view on Hope is
Shimano XT brakes will do the same as Techs. But cost more. So why bother?
Hope customer service is legendary.
Parts availability is the best in the bike trade, anywhere in the world, barring possibly King, period.
Depending on where you are riding, Uunderpowering your rear brake is a mistake in my book. These brakes are so good you will ride faster - and at some point will find that 160 rotors will reult in fade. Am running 160 Minis and 160 C2s on my Paces, which only get used in Denmark. But my Fully (with Tech M4s) that gets taken to the gnarly stuff and to real mountains, then 180 F&R. 180F and 160R was not enough in Provence.
I don't mean to sound argumentative, but Hope brakes are more expensive than XT brakes RRP in the UK. The gap widens even more if you take into account the discounts available on Shimano stuff. No one seems to offer more than 10% off Hope stuff.
The Tech Evo 2 brake has an RRP of £125 in the UK, excluding rotors whilst the latest XT is £110 excluding rotors.
I run my XT brakes because they are effective and cheap...not pretty but they do the job very well. My old Saints were the easiest brakes I've ever had; four years on various bikes and nowt went wrong at all.
The spares availability for Shimano is rubbish though, but then a new calliper is so cheap, it's not too much of an issue. A new XT calliper can be bought for about the four pistons needed for my M4's.
What is great about Hope is that they still sell bits for brakes right back to the original Mini's and M4's as well as the Bulb hubs.
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