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Hope XCR Pro X2 brakes review

Super light XC brakes with an excellent build quality to match

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £250.00 RRP | USD $320.00 | EUR €315.00 | AUD $450.00
Rotors not included
Hope XCR Pro X2 brakes with rotor for mountain bike

Our review

Lightweight brakes with ample power for XC, plus Hope’s customary excellent build and back-up service
Pros: Easy modulation; Good lever feel; Built to last
Cons: All-out power could be marginally better; Noisy when wet
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Hope’s latest race-focussed cross-country bike brakes pair a modified X2 two-piston calliper with an all-new XCR Pro lever, featuring a carbon fibre blade and radial body.


At 213g (rear brake, 1,750mm hose) they’re certainly light, weighing around 50g less than SRAM’s Level TLMs and within a few grams of Shimano’s XTR Race mountain bike disc brakes.

Bleeding is a fairly easy process with Hope’s own kit, which uses a gravity-fed procedure – having cut the hoses to length and routed them through our test frame, we achieved a good bleed on the first try.

The lever’s hinged clamp is compatible with Hope’s Tech 3 mounts, so both Shimano and SRAM shifters can be attached to it, instead of taking up additional bar space. However, with the left-hand brake lever in the most comfortable position for us, we found that our SRAM AXS shifter (the original, rather than the updated shape) was a little further from our hand than we’d have liked – a small ergonomic niggle.

The lever blade has reach adjustment via an easily accessible Allen bolt, but doesn’t feature bite-point adjustment (in line with other high-end XC brakes).

At the business end, the hose enters the one-piece, CNC-machined calliper via an adjustable banjo. While the range of movement isn’t massive, it did aid us in getting a clean hose run through the rear triangle.

Hope XCR Pro X2 brakes lever - for mountain bikes
The lever blade has reach adjustment via an easily accessible Allen bolt.
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The pads have a lightweight aluminium backing pad and are held in place with a paper-clip-like threaded pin. Overall build quality is great.

The XCR Pro X2s have good levels of power, with 180/160mm rotors – certainly enough for a lightweight bike used for XC and marathon-type riding.

They have a classic Hope feel, with less bite than Shimano’s stoppers and less build-up than SRAM’s.

Power increases linearly as you pull the lever – there’s no sudden increase towards the end of the stroke. Effectively, this means they’re easy to modulate, and power control is good.

All-out stopping force is a bit lacking compared to the XTR brakes, but comparable to the SRAM Level brakes that were also on test.

There’s no knurling on the carbon lever blade to improve grip in the wet, but it feels good under your finger. With a touch of flex and a less powerful return spring than Hope’s Tech 3 lever, it shouldn’t contribute to arm pump.


In the wet, we noticed a bit of squeal and some warbling under heavy braking, but neither affects the stopping performance of the brakes.

Product Specifications


Price AUD $450.00EUR €315.00GBP £250.00USD $320.00
Weight 213g – rear brake, 1,750mm hose
Brand Hope


Adjustment Calliper via an adjustable banjo
Rotor sizes 180/160mm