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Sep 22, 2019 at 3:31
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Review: Hope's Race Evo E4 Disc Brakes are Beautifully Made, with Lovely Modulation
Don't understand the complaint about tool free adjustment. Hope clearly offers two lever options, Tech for weinards who want an option to touch things that don't need touching and Race which is all-purpose no-extra-dongs lever for, you guessed it, racing. You don't wank around with adjustments during a competition, you don't want an adjuster that can get turned or broken. Lets be honest here, who here has BPC knob turned anywhere else but all the way to shortest free travel? That's where Race lever sits all the time (information given by Hope but missing from review). Missing the adjustment is not a negative, it's a positive that you have an option to have adjustment or not. Real negative is that the calipers are made without regard of any compatibility to frames or mounts. Obviously some blame to frame manufacturers not considering this. Personally I like that they make the brakes just the way they feel they should be made, but for someone considering buying them, it would be valuable information to know they should really check if the caliper fits the frame. Imagine dishing out £400 for new brakes only to realize you need to buy 200mm disc because caliper doesn't fit in 180mm position, only to then realize that with 200mm disc it collides from the other end to your frame, it's getting dark and you sit in garage with a file in your hand, considering is is the frame or the caliper that gets it.. (luckily it was only 2mm wedge from caliper mount that needed to go away. Meta AM 4.2 frame) Instead a clear flaw of Hope levers is that the edges while beautifully finished, are still pretty sharp cornered. Sometimes I bang my thumb to the clamp while going for the shifter in rough terrain, certainly Hope clamp makes that more painful than others.
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