Hope Race Evo M4 disc brake review£219.00

All-mountain anchor

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Hope’s all-mountain anchor teams the four-piston M4 calliper with their Race lever and a titanium bolt kit to produce a communicative and powerful mid-weight brake – once it’s set up.

The one-finger lever doesn’t have bite point adjust but saves nearly 40g over the Tech lever option and syncs better with shifters. Leverage differences mean it’s actually slightly more powerful than the Tech version though. 

The longer pad and calliper make careful alignment crucial to stop rubbing, but modulation is excellent once they’re set up right. Green anodised bore caps give a factory look, there are extensive customisation options including coloured spider rotors, and modular selling means you can use existing mounts and rotors.

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

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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