Hope Tech Evo V2 disc brake review£184.00

Serious stopping power

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Hope’s big V2 calliper offers serious power and heavy-duty survivability when used with their super-adjustable Tech lever.

The bulky lever takes up a lot of bar space and you'll need SRAM's MatchMaker adaptors for a properly neat shifter sync, but the independent lever reach and bite point knobs work superbly.

The long drilled lever blade adds extra fingertip power and it's super-smooth in feel, with clear fine feedback control. The metal braided hose resists uplift/crash damage better than a plastic one and the Tech Evo V2 comes with a heavy-duty spider rotor as standard. 

The big pad area and big piston mean plenty of power and long drag heat capacity, and for really heavy users there’s a triple-layer vented rotor available for £91. The brake is heavy even with the normal rotor though.

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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