Hope Race Evo X2 disc brake£199.00

Power boost for 2012

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Small ‘Evo’ tweaks on Hope’s Race X2 brake mean a big power increase for this potentially super-light hydraulic stopper. 

The luxuriously Lancashire machined minimalist Race master cylinder and X2 calliper with titanium fixings aren’t new. By moving the blade pivot and using a roller rather than a direct drive onto the cylinder, Hope have increased both efficiency and leverage, adding 15 percent more power to the system. 

That puts it right up among the most powerful trail brakes in the 183mm rotor format we tested it in. More importantly, it makes the far lighter (261g) 160mm rotor version that Hope specify as standard a viable option for trail and not just race use. This means the Race is in the genuinely super-light category at a significantly lower price than the opposition, despite the obvious amount of CNC work that goes into it.

The short lever is reach-adjustable and gives a very smooth, accurately modulated feel with drilled out grip section adding useful grip in filthy conditions. Reliability is excellent, backup is second to none and resin pads make the brake a lot quieter, although sintered sets will last longer when it’s wet.

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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