Hope Tech 3 V4 mountain bike disc brakes £229

Ultimate power brakes

BikeRadar score 4.5/5

Hope has clearly worked hard on its latest downhill brakes. The big four-piston, single-piece V4 calliper boosts very impressive power. Heat tolerance and pad life are also improved significantly over the old two-pot V2 without adding weight, although it’s still a hefty system.

Drag-free set-up is easy, braided hoses are standard and you can even run Hope’s double-skin vented rotors (203mm only).

The much neater Tech 3 lever isn’t ambidextrous like before, but it syncs far better with shifters (it’s Shimano I-Spec compatible), uses a cam roller for smooth, rattle-free feel and is super-adjustable.

Hope’s event and factory back-up is legendary too. And although it’s pretty heavy, the V4 combines unparalleled lever adjustment with massive power.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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