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    New question here. Hope Brake Setup

    I know this topic has been hammered out before, but a lot of the riders in those posts are a bit smaller than me. I'm 6' 250 and ride mainly XC and all mountain on a 29er hardtail. I'm looking for a new hydraulic brakes. Currently I'm running Avid BB7s so it's time to switch. I've narrowed it down to Hope brakes. At first I was set on the X2s mainly because of their weight, but after reading the forums I'm concerned these won't be powerful enough for me. I like the idea of running a M4 up front and a X2 in the back but do you think this will be enough for me? Or would I be better off going with the V4?

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    I'm pretty happy with my X2s. They'll slow it down to where if I went any slower I'd fall over. I don't ride long downhills though, maybe fade would be a problem there, I really don't know.

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    At 250lbs, I'd definitely put at LEAST an M4 up front. Even better - specifically for AM riding - would be a dual M4 or V4f/M4r setup.

    However, I like to be able to stop on a dime without locking things up and with minimal pressure on the lever. More powerful brakes allow me to do this, and I don't care what they weigh.
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    205lb rider with Hope M4 front (Sintered Pads)-180mm rotor and X2 rear- 160mm rotor. This set up has worked great riding throughout CO (including BME) and Moab without a major weight penalty.

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    X2 is not a very strong brake. I found them merely OK for Whistler and North Vancouver XC trails. Nicely made easy to bleed and adjustable but not what I want for where I ride. I weigh a little over 140#.

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    Update. I went ahead and got the M4 for the rear. Deciding on weather to put a M4 up front or a V4.

    Also, slightly switching subjects, what do you think about rotor size? I've always had 160s with my BB7s. Will I see a big difference switching to bigger ones?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lhovden View Post
    Update. I went ahead and got the M4 for the rear. Deciding on weather to put a M4 up front or a V4.

    Also, slightly switching subjects, what do you think about rotor size? I've always had 160s with my BB7s. Will I see a big difference switching to bigger ones?
    I run 183 front and rear. Wouldn't consider anything smaller.
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    I am 220 I run M4 front and rear 183 MM rotors

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