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    Hope Race X2 issue

    Hi all,

    I just installed a set of Hope Race X2 brakes with 160mm ashima rotors. They are super light, but I find they dont grab very well. Good manipulation and feel, they just dont bite. Is there a break in period where they will get better, or should I look at a different rotor with more surface area? If so what are your recommendations?

    Thanks in advance!

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    Have you used the Ashima rotors with other brakes before? That probably is your problem. There isn't much rotor to grab onto. The Alligator/Ashima Windcutters had a lot less stopping power for me, and they have a lot more meat than yours.

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    No I haven't used them before. I was looking at formula rotors but heard they squeal a lot. I was told the Ashima rotors will break in and add more bite over time.

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    I use the same setup, it just takes a few rides to bed in the pads. The ashima rotors work surprisingly well. You'll like them.

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    It does take some time to bed in the new pads to the rotors. They should feel stronger after a short period of time. If you read your instructions, then it tells you how to break them in.

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    There are instructions? Crap...anyone have a link?

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    I was thinking that there was more instructions than this, but it still gives you some insight. You can find more stuff under tech support on Hope's website.

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    FWIW, my experience with the Hope organic pads (what's stock with the kit) was less than optimal and match what you are describing. I recently made the switch to sintered pads and am quite pleased so far. there's a post I started a few days ago re: brake authority pads. Take a look there.
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    Yea be aware the Hopes come stock with organic pads... I use my X2 with hope rotors and they are amazing, bu the hope rotors are substantial... With a tiny rotor like that you may want metal pads and give them some time to break in.
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    The stock Hope organic pads take eternity to bed in. It's best to replace them with a set of good sintered pads on the front brake right away. On the rear brake the organic pads should be okay though.

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