Hope Mono Mini basic disc brake review£120.00

Light, upgradable and gorgeous

BikeRadar score4/5

Arguably the prettiest and certainly the most upgradeable brake we've tested lately, Hope’s super light Mini is a great cross-country option. 

Super crisp looks are lovingly machined from billet aluminium, anodised, laser etched and hand assembled. 

Even in its basic form, this creates a brake that’s lighter than most others. Adding an alloy centred floating rotor, carbon lever and braided hose upgrades gives potential to make it the lightest stopper available, and you can even get various bits custom laser etched.

Weight considerations mean there’s no bite point adjustment and it’s below average on power for a given rotor size, but it’s super cheap for the level of finishing. Hope’s service is legendary – they have crew at most big events too.

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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