Hope Moto vented review£209.00

Super-powerful Alpine uber-brake

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The idea of Moto was to create a brake to cope with the most over-the-top riders’ needs, and it succeeded. 

The big body gives maximum lever stiffness and reservoir size while the monster single-piece twin pot calliper is designed to suck up huge amounts of heat. 

The unique (for mountain bikes) three-ply vented rotor stays cooler than conventional rotors, with no issues even during a gripped descent of the 8,000ft Mega Avalanche.

Overall power is outstanding, yet modulation is impressive, with bite point adjustable for fine tuning feel.

A lighter standard rotor is available, although Moto is never going to be that light. Moto owners also report more reliability glitches than others, although Hope’s back-up is second to none.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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