Hope Tech 3 X2 mountain bike disc brakes review£171.00

Powerful and reliable

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Hope's new Tech 3 lever adds perfect tuning potential to its proven X2 calliper, and without the excess weight and bulk of the old Tech lever.

While the twin-pot X2 calliper remains unchanged, the Tech 3 lever body is a downsized evolution of the original Tech lever. Happily, the smaller profile syncs with other bar controls better, and it looks a lot neater. You still get the drilled lever details for all-weather grip, plus separate reach and bite-point adjusters that work far more simply and consistently than anything from other manufacturers.

These changes and the cheaper steel bolts add 63g per brake over the Race X2 though, and it's relatively heavy for what it is.

Still, the ability to get your lever positions and contact points exactly where you want is a massive help to comfort and control of an already well-modulated and powerful brake. Hope's changed its pad supplier for more consistent and quieter results too; the sintered compound lasts longer in typically wet and gritty UK conditions than the resin pads of other brands.

Reliability and factory-direct back up are legendarily good, and this £130 brake can be completed with a range of plain or fancy rotor and hose options.

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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