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    Hope Mono M4

    I'm in the market for some new hydraulic disc brakes. I currently have 7" Avid mechanicals front and rear on my Foes FXR. I'm looking at sticking with the 7" rotor in the front, but want to switch to a 6" in the rear. I'm fairly lightweight (155lbs), but I ride aggressive xc. I have been looking at the Mono M4's from Hope, but don't see any reviews on them in the review section. Does anyone have these brakes or know someone who does and can give me some feedback on them. I have been holding out for the Juicy 7's, but it could be another couple months before they release the 7" version. I think the Mono M4 calipers just look plain *****in also. So should I get the Hopes or hold out for the Juicy 7's?

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    I have had a Santa Cruz Bullit for just over a year now. When I got it I specced Hope Mini's (with 185mm rotors) as I was impressed with them after also having them on another bike prior to the SC.

    The other day I got a set of Mono 4's (with the new 180mm rotors) because they look so pretty and moto at the same time.
    What a change!
    The Mini's were great. They looked hot and performed very well with no problems at all. The Mono 4's though, have waaaaayyyy more power and bite, even after just being put onto the bike and not bedded in (which they did after about an hour of riding).
    Some would say that they lack the modulation that the Mini's are famous for. Initially I'd have to agree that they are more "on or off" but it just takes some getting used to as the modulation is indeed there, it's just that the lever feel is alot more progressive now. Definitely confidence inspiring and I can now brake much, much later into a situation and maintain control.
    They are very easy to set up as the wheel doesn't have to be removed once it's in the drop outs...the pads drop in from the top. I've had my tabs faced with the Hope tool, paid attention to shimming and get no rubbing, chimming or drag.

    I was thinking today, just how can they make them better...beats me!

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    Smile M4s

    I have just purchase a set 180dia for the front end of my Tracer. These things are much more powerful than my previous Minis 165dia. Night and day.I am however inthe 190lb range so i am not a lightweight.
    I still have a Mini 165 on the rear as well but i am glad i moved up to the M4 180dia on the front. I couldn't pull a stoppy before with the Mini but after one hour long ride, 2 finger stoppies are possible BUT the M4 has great feel and controllable power.
    The clearance between pads and disc is reduced on the M4 compared to the Mini clearances and i have not been able to get zero scrub.
    If i spin the front whell by hand it will do about 20 turns before stopping due to the ever so slight rub. The disc was very slightly warped out of the bag 0.5mm max which i am sure i could true up if i tried.
    All in all, a very powerful brake, suitable big us big'uns. I t would be overkill for lightweights i think.

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    what about the mono6ti?

    sounds like not too many people are riding the new hope mono's. anyone know anything about the mono6ti? in theory it should be even more powerful, being a 6 piston design. hope says its for "downhill", while the mono m4 is for "freeride". any thoughts?

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    I just got a set of the 180mm Mono M4's for my Foes FXR, and can't say enough good things about these brakes. I just posted the 1st review on them in the reviews section. Awesome brakes, almost too good looking to put on your bike! I'm a lightweight at about 155#, and these brakes have more than enough power for me which is what I want. For someone looking for a little less power, go with the Mono Mini in the rear.

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    mono m4

    i would be putting them on my 5/5 trailbike. s/c heckler with marz z1 fr sl. right now i have 165mm avid mech disc's. i'll be riding this thing on the north shore this year since my bullit was stolen in the fall. i'm 200 pounds and fairly aggressive, and i like powerful brakes. i think i'd go with 8" front and back, or maybe just 7 in back. trouble is, i've got xtr combo shifter/levers now, so i'd have to sell those off too and get shifters to replace them. not really a big deal though i guess.

    so these are really that good? i might be able to get them at wholesale through a friend. hmmmm....

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    There will be no comparison at all with your current 165mm Avid mechanicals. I had 185mm Avid mechs before and can't believe how much better they feel and how much more power they have. It just takes much less lever effort to get the same stopping power. I think that 8" front and rear on that bike would be overkill. A 7" in the rear should be fine. I'm riding a Foes FXR with the same fork as you, and I just can't imagine having 8" brakes on it.

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    yep

    I run the '03's on my Bullit. Performance is excellent modulation = good control; brake pads won't wear out ( I ride muddy Norshore FR), levers fit perfectly; no squeal. Lots of power. IMHO a 160mm in the back will do you if you want. Service in Canada was a bit iffy, I had to order 1 part from the UK which shipped out of the US distributor, all of which took a month. If you're in the US might not be an issue. I'm used to way better service from Magura USA.
    I wouldn't discount looking at the Louise FR either, excellent modulation and power, proven brakeset.

    Hope that helps a bit, Jim MCM #11

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    M4's or Ti6's hmmm.......................

    Quote Originally Posted by clarkalewis
    sounds like not too many people are riding the new hope mono's. anyone know anything about the mono6ti? in theory it should be even more powerful, being a 6 piston design. hope says its for "downhill", while the mono m4 is for "freeride". any thoughts?
    If you ride hard and weigh 15 stone like me the Ti6 are brill loads of stopping power and no matter how much abuse you give them they just get better the Ti6 are connected to my Orange Patriot Freeride+ so bin the M4's and go for the Ti6

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