HOPE Tech 3 X2 Braided Disc Brake
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The new Tech 3 X2 is perfect for all XC and light freeride applications. It's a perfect blend of power, low weight and adjustability.
The beloved key features of the Tech Evo master cylinder have been retained, but the ergonomics and integration on the handlebars is now improved.
The Tech 3 master cylinder can operate all the calipers from the Hope range and offers a slight increase of power of about 5% over the Tech Evo.
Popular design features of Tech Evo remain the same, such as the reach and bite point control (BPC) adjustability. The piston is actuated by a cam and a roller system to eliminate any free play and initial friction.
The classic split clamp design makes the master cylinder easy to install on the handlebars without having to remove anything else.
Some riders have previously commented on the relative bulkiness of the Tech and Tech Evo master cylinders, sometimes making it hard to fit the master cylinder around already clogged up handlebars (shifters, fork and shock lockouts, telescopic seat post controls etc). Hope have worked hard to make the new Tech 3 master cylinder easier to integrate on the bars although it does entail losing the ambidextrous design.
The Tech 3 master cylinder is now directly compatible with any Shimano I-Spec type shifter meaning no extra mount is required to attach the shifter to the master cylinder.
For those using SRAM shifters there is a newly designed slick and minimalistic direct mount adaptor.
This neat, slimline caliper optimises the very latest COSMOSWorks FEA (Finite Element Analysis) software to reduce unnecessary weight, improve aesthetics and create a high performance partnership with the Tech Evo Lever.
The caliper is machined from a solid billet of 2014 T6 aircraft spec aluminium alloy and an increased piston diameter, generating more usable braking force on the rotor.
A drip free bleed nipple and wide angle orientation of the fluid inlet connector have also been added, allowing for neater hose routing and cleaner servicing.
- 'On the fly' BPC (bite point control) and Reach adjustment
- Direct compatibility with Shimano I-Spec shifter
- Direct mount available for SRAM shifters
- 5% power increase over TECH Evo master cylinder
- Handed master cylinders for better integration on the handlebars
- New piston dust cover design
- New reservoir diaphragm design
- CNC machined in Barnoldswick, England
- 9.74 caliper with all mount options
- 2014 T6 aluminium alloy
- Wide angle hose connector mount
- Top entry pad fitting
- Fixed or floating rotor
- Black or braided hose
- 140, 160, 183mm rotor sizes (available separately)
- Weight: from 340g
N.B. Do not include rotors
What Mountain Bike magazine review, Januray 2014:
"Hope's new Tech 3 lever adds perfect tuning potential to its proven X2 calliper, and without the excess weight and bulk of the old Tech lever.
While the twin-pot X2 calliper remains unchanged, the Tech 3 lever body is a downsized evolution of the original Tech lever. Happily, the smaller profile syncs with other bar controls better, and it looks a lot neater. You still get the drilled lever details for all-weather grip, plus separate reach and bite-point adjusters that work far more simply and consistently than anything from other manufacturers.
These changes and the cheaper steel bolts add 63g per brake over the Race X2 though, and it's relatively heavy for what it is.
Still, the ability to get your lever positions and contact points exactly where you want is a massive help to comfort and control of an already well-modulated and powerful brake. Hope's changed its pad supplier for more consistent and quieter results too; the sintered compound lasts longer in typically wet and gritty UK conditions than the resin pads of other brands.
Reliability and factory-direct back up are legendarily good."
4 stars (out of 5)
"Heavy but powerful trail brake with the best lever adjustment available and rock-solid reliability"
As with any product, specification is subject to change without prior notification. You are advised to confirm current specification before buying.