The C2 brake is a development of our original hydraulic disc brake featuring a closed 2-piston caliper and the popular pro lever. We produce calipers to fit almost all disc mounts on frames and forks. The outer half of the caliper can be changed to accommodate the different fixing points.
System type: Closed
Lever type: Pro
Caliper No.'s: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 9:74, & 11
Standard Disc: 145, 165, & 185
Strengths: Top quality materials
Very good performance
Weaknesses: Not the lightest on the market.
No longer manufactured.
I bought a set of these with pro levers for my DH rig way back in 1998. Yes 1998!
They first travelled to the Alps (Les Gets) in '99 and have taken over a decade of abuse since then. My 1000GBP Hanebrink forks never made it home from France but these Hope brakes have never required so much as a service. Never been bled and have never let me down. They are still on my downhill bike today and will stay there for years to come. I have never experienced a product of such high quality and I cannot imagine ever ditching these brakes and the Big 'un hubs I bought with them. FFS the hoses haven't even cracked yet!
a Cross Country Rider
from SF, CA
Date Reviewed: December 13, 2011
Strengths: Bomb proof design, on the fly adjust-ability, stops very well! Over 10 years, almost no maintenance, and no issues. Awesome looking.
Weaknesses: Slightly heavy for some, but come on.
Best overall brakes I have ever ridden. If you can find some used, buy them and enjoy.
Strengths: works really well, never serviced. very easily adjustable.
Weaknesses: not as powerful as modern brakes.
this brake is over 10 years old, has had 3 owners, i've had it for 2 years (free from a mate!) and i've never had it bled or serviced! still works really really well, very easily adjustable even with gloves on. has a braided hose which looks sick and is really strong. ultimately, not as powerful or strong as current hydraulic discs, but clearly way ahead of its time! if you can get your hands on some, go for it!
Bike Setup: 2004 Santa Cruz Blur XC (Alumium) / XTR / Pace / Hope / Race Face
a Cross Country Rider
from Sunderland, MA
Date Reviewed: May 4, 2008
Strengths: Adjustable, durable, maintenance free
Weaknesses: for XC rider they are slightly heavy
I'm an XC racer. As such, I have been know to obsess a little bit about weight. That said, i've never even considered swapping out my brakes for a newer or lighter set! There is something to be said for durability and reliability. The adjustability of these brakes is amazing. I think that despite the weight penalty they make me a better rider. I haven't done a lick of maintenance since getting them almost 2 years ago used. They've been ridden through every condition imaginable and function perfectly. Sure I have to adjust them when the temperature changes, but it's a few twists of the know and I can dial them in exactly how I want. Too bad Hope doesn't make these any more. I guess they don't have to because i'm convinced that these things will last forever.
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: March 22, 2008
Strengths: A great all rough brake, I have used it for around 2 years on my Dr Jekyll and will continue to use it for a lot longer. The adjustable thumbwheel is a great feature which gives total control of modulation
Weaknesses: My back brake seems to be a little on the weak side even after bleeding but i just pull harder on the levers
These brakes are amazing and i will be buying another pair if i can when mine give up the ghost and at the price they sell for now you can't go wrong. getting hold of a rotor for them is a little tricky as it is a weird size on a big'un hub
Similar Products Used: Hayes HFX 9 (can't quite remember if that was them)
Bike Setup: Identity Dr Jekyll, 2002 BomberZ1 forks, Mavic D521s.
All round pretty old setup now, but still going strong as the day it was made.
from Boise, ID
Date Reviewed: June 29, 2007
Strengths: reliability, easy of set up and maintenance free. Hope stands behind they're products better than any bike company I've every dealt with.
Weaknesses: A little tricky to setup initially other than that smooth sailing.
These brakes cant be beat without spending a lot of money. They are utterly reliable, and the adjustability of a closed system is nice. These sat in the box for two years and came out working as good as the day I stored them. They handled the abuse of two years of dirt jumping and urban riding that managed to destroy a kona scab frame, a set of race face cranks, two sets of pedals and a marzocchi Z1 drop off QR20 with a snapped stanchion. The rotors aren't the lightest out there but they are tough and don't bend like lesser ones do. If you should happen to break something Hope is a great company to deal with and they were quick to send new parts to me at their cost even though my idiot wrenching was to blame for the breakage.(don't overtighten the banjo bolts or the bleed nipple, they can damage the caliper. doh!) These brakes aren't the lightest or prettiest and unfortunately the are no longer made to my knowledge, but if you can find a pair you will not be disappointed. I dont post reviews very often, but this product deserves it's high rating and I'm glad to add to it
Similar Products Used: hope m4, hayes hfx9, avid bb7
Bike Setup: I had these on a kona hardtail setup for dirt jumping for a few years then they sat in my garage in a box for a few years and now they are resurected on my wife's new KHS AM1000, Bullet bro's ZYZZX fork (yes the ancient classic and it still tracks better than most of whats out there, the aftermarket damper from stratos makes it rideable.) deore/sun rhino lite wheels, kenda kinetics tires, truvative cockpit, xtr short cage derr, rocky mountain chainguide, raceface cranks, and an XT shifter. Hope C2's with 6 inch rotors front and rear.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 10, 2007
Strengths: RELIABILITY, RELIABILTY, RELIABILTY. power is better then avid, and control is something i believe that no other brake will surpass
Weaknesses: they dont make these any longer, a shame relly cos i would buy them over all the new junk thats out there.
i have had these since 2001. changed oil once since new. changed pads once at front side only. They never leak, they never squeal, they never rub, they always work everytime, all the time. Power is on my 195 (yes a 195) disk is the best i have tried. for all those of u who who are unhapy with your brakes try these or the new moto v2's. after 6 years i am thinking of buying the new hope v2 moto's for my stumpjumper. v2's are 2 pot, with paad adjustment like these. i think HOPE have come full circle since the C2's by going 4-pot, 6-pot, and now they finally seen sence and decided. right, 2 pot (v2 moto's) WITH pad adjustment screw like the original pro lever c2's.
Bike Setup: big hit, boxxers, xt-xtr drive train....and hope c2.
a Cross Country Rider
from Bozeman, MT, USA
Date Reviewed: October 24, 2005
Strengths: - The best pad retraction of any brake - Silent (mine are, at any rate) - Good power, but not the very best out there - Outstanding modulation - Zero maintenance - Can adjust the lever travel until contact
Weaknesses: - Mine came with a bad batch of rubber, so all seals had to be replaced. They've been fine since. - Finding DOT 5.1 is a hassle, and although DOT 4 works, it feels too viscous. - The closed system requires you to manually adjust the brake as the fluid volume changes due to temperature. I almost never find this to be a problem due to braking, but I notice it as the ambient temperature changes. Overall, I like this feature as the need to adjust it is less of a hassle than the ability to adjust throw is a benefit. - Setting them up with shims is a bit of a hassle, but there has been no adjustment since then.
This is by far my favourite brake for one reason: pad retraction. Not only do they never drag, but there's enough room for a second rotor between the pads. The front (before it was stolen) and the rear have been silent all along, the power and modulation are great, and I like the ability to adjust the level travel before pad contact. I don't find having to adjust them due to temperature changes to be a significant hassle.
I just bled it for the first time in three years. The dark brown fluid that came out suggests I should've done it sooner, but they felt fine and didn't seem to be boiling, so I put it off. And now that I've done it, I can't tell the difference! Very low maintenance product.
Simply put, they just work exactly as they should. Since I changed all rubber pieces, they've been perfect. I recommend the red "race only" compound pads for a little extra power, although I've heard they hold up poorly in the wet.
Similar Products Used: Own a Hope Enduro, tested several others.
Bike Setup: Titus QuasiMoto built up for cross-country at about 28 lbs.
from East London
Date Reviewed: July 19, 2005
Strengths: well, they're hope, aren't they? as far as i'm concerned, they're brilliant brakes; i have only a few minor niggles with them, and that's mainly because the ones i've got are four years old (i did say that they were second-hand). they also add a certain 'je ne sais what' to my rig; the whole black-and-silver colour scheme is utterly lovely...
Weaknesses: the adjuster knob has a tendency to seize periodically, when it's hot, and the topcap is made from pretty soft alloy - my mate managed to round it off because he opened it up with an adjustable spanner (thank you so much, you mong...). also, as with any hope hoses, they're not easy to fit into frame-mounted hose guides
as with any hydraulic disc brakes, these are relatively easy to maintain; i would just make a point of saying that you must be really, really meticulous when it comes to bleeding these; even the tiniest bubbles in the lines can make them turn to crap. i predominantly use these for street - they're probably nowhere near powerful enough for anything like DH or heavy freeride (but, i wouldn't know - i'm not a DHer). i can't recommend these enough for anyone, really - they're absolutely cracking brakes, and the on-the-fly adjustment that the closed system affords you is wonderful. having said that, i am looking to possibly pick up some m4s, purely because they stop you like a brick wall... either way, i love these brakes with a passion, and they look brilliant.
Similar Products Used: cable discs (tektro), hope m4s, various bmx brakes (including the oh-so-highly-regarded 'fly brakes' - which are complete arse!)
Bike Setup: azonic steelhead pro frame, atomlab gi hubs laced to mavic ex325 rims, dmr cheiftan mk2s, dmr v8s, blackspire ds-1, xt rear gearing, and a rather embarrassingly bad rockshox fork, which will remain unnamed - suffice to say, i'm changing it soon... picture here:
Date Reviewed: June 3, 2005
Strengths: good stopping power, look good in chrome
Weaknesses: squeel like hell when wet or not! unreliable when left in a warm room the oil must expand or something and they lock on to the rotors
if you dont mind doing a bit of work to get them right then if you get a ggood deal buy them but if youre not too great with brakes i wouldn't bother.
Bike Setup: atx1, fox, bombshell, atomlab, raceface etc.
from Hampshire UK
Date Reviewed: May 21, 2005
Strengths: good looking all CNC'd, reliable, simple and easy to maintain. NO drag, easy adjustment using thumbwheel.use them for trials, xc, dh..whatever you want.
Weaknesses: what weakness?
these brakes are the dogs! i have used these for about 5 years now, and have only had them rebuilt a couple of times, despite this they continually work perfectly and withour problems, they have a really nice progressive feel, and can stop you quickly and easily from any speed. compared to my mates bike which has hayes there is no contest, his are like a switch, either on or off, the hopes are perfect. add a set of braided hoses and you're laughing. There has been a lot of talk latley about closed systems "pumping up" and locking on long dh runs, who cares? you can adjust the brakes using the thumbwheel on the fly with no problems and no loss of control. i cant believe hope no longer manufacture these brakes, in my opinion the greatest and most versatile brake around has been lost RIP C2's :( :(