Hope Stealth Race EVO X2 mountain bike disc brake review£196.00

Race-weight brakes that still pack a punch on the trail

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The Race EVO X2 is the lightest brake in the Lancashire-lathed Hope arsenal, and it packs a trail-weight punch into a race-weight package.

The minimalist Race lever only has Allen key reach adjust, but it feels good with one or two fingers and is drilled for extra grip for when you're wearing filthy gloves. The slightly altered pivot position means it pumps more power out of the X2 calliper than the Tech 3 lever.

Modulation is still good in sketchy conditions, and the reduced lever pressure needed to get the same stop as the competition leaves your arms less pumped on long descents with skinny tyres.

This also means you can use a smaller, lighter rotor without people outbraking you into corners. Hope even makes a special thinner rotor to shave more weight out of the fully titanium-bolted setup.

The brake is sold separately for £155/AU$254.95 so you can choose from single-piece, floating or extra light rotor options, or use your old hardware.

Improved sintered pads as standard mean a long and weatherproof life. Hope’s factory-direct backup and event support goes above and beyond the call of duty, although we’ve not had a single issue with a Hope brake in years of longterm use.

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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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