Hope Tech 3 V4 mountain bike disc brakes review£229.00

Ultimate power brakes

BikeRadar score4/5

Hope has clearly worked hard on its latest downhill brakes. The big four-piston, single-piece V4 calliper boosts very impressive power. Heat tolerance and pad life are also improved significantly over the old two-pot V2 without adding weight, although it’s still a hefty system.

Drag-free set-up is easy, braided hoses are standard and you can even run Hope’s double-skin vented rotors (203mm only).

The much neater Tech 3 lever isn’t ambidextrous like before, but it syncs far better with shifters (it’s Shimano I-Spec compatible), uses a cam roller for smooth, rattle-free feel and is super-adjustable.

Hope’s event and factory back-up is legendary too. And although it’s pretty heavy, the V4 combines unparalleled lever adjustment with massive power.

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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