Hope Tech V2 disc brake review£195.00

Fully adjustable anchor

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Hope’s big, adjustable Tech lever has the calliper and power to match its moto looks, but it’s no featherweight. The master cylinder is bulky and awkward to sync with shifters without using a combined clamp.

The mechanical reach and bite point adjust are far more consistent and controllable than most hydraulic adjusters though, and the long drilled blades feel reassuringly solid. The big twin-pot callipers and braided hose give a very direct feel with excellent progressive modulation of the serious amounts of stopping power.

The solid rotor is extremely robust but heavy. The brake is normally supplied with an alloy centre-floating rotor or you can opt for a solid rotor (£185) or vented rotor in 203mm (£249) for maximum mountain-proofing.

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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