You never have to Hope for the best – with Tech 4 MTB brakes

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Red is always faster, right? The more confidence you have in slowing down, the smoother your overall descending performance will be. (Photo: Hope)
Red is always faster, right? The more confidence you have in slowing down, the smoother your overall descending performance will be. (Photo: Hope)
  • One of the best mountain bike brakes, just got better.
  • Hope’s Tech 3 brakes are known for their power and positive lever feel.
  • And with the new Tech 4 range, designers have made these premium mountain bike brakes more powerful.

Hydraulic brakes might be commonplace in cycling nowadays, but it was not always the case. When the first hydraulic mountain bike brakes appeared in the 1990s, they were rather awful.

Overheating and poor sealing meant that brake fade and maintenance issues were commonplace. Then came Hope.

The British cycling component brand, founded by former Rolls-Royce engineers, changed the reliability and power of mountain bike brakes, with their first hydraulic design, in late 1994.

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The Tech 4 levers work with potent four-piston callipers. (Photo: Hope)

The latest in a long line of great brakes 

Hope’s newest product is the Tech 4. It builds on the formidable reputation of Hope’s Tech 3, but is 30% more powerful. And that matters when you are trying to modulate speed down a long, technical singletrack descent.

Engineers at Hope have improved the master cylinder design and lever shape, generating more braking force when your index fingers pull those Tech 4 levers. The Tech 4 brakes retain that coveted Hope braking feel, despite being lighter to the touch, using roller bearings and an improved hinge design.

Hope has always remained true to its alloy fabricating heritage. Each Tech 4 braking system is beautifully machined from aluminium, retaining the brand’s classic industrial design aesthetic.

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Anodized purple has become a signature colour, for Hope component fans. (Photo: Hope)

All the colours – for fashion conscious riders 

Beyond the power and functionality of Hope’s new Tech 4 brakes, they are a great example of form working with function. Aware of how colour sensitive most mountain bikers are, the Tech 4 range is available in no less than six colours when it comes to matching components and riding gear.

Riders who prefer a subtle look can choose classic black or silver. And if you want to colour coordinate, the Tech 4 range also offers blue, red, purple or orange highlights.

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