Hope Stealth Tech Evo V4 review£251.50

Gravity-oriented disc brakes

BikeRadar score4/5

Hope’s big, totally adjustable Tech Evo lever and new four-pot calliper put them right back into the ultimate gravity brake reckoning.

The big-bodied lever isn’t the easiest to sync with shifters, but the roller cam mechanism gives smooth control. Twin dials on the drilled blade let you tune the bite point and reach independently for perfect blade placement. The long lever adds mechanical advantage to already very impressive power from the four-pot calliper. 

Differential piston sizes squeeze out maximum traction control from the firm lever feedback and there’s a twin skin vented rotor option that Hope say reduces heat by 15 percent on mountain descents. It’s not light and it’s early days to talk reliability – but, that said, it’s been fine so far.  

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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