The Mini is a new open 2-piston brake, which at 380g (inc. lever, caliper, hose & disc) is our lightest system yet. Despite this lightweight, the brake will still give plenty of controllable power. The brake features a new design of lever, which is unique to this brake and also uses its own pads. The 74mm post mount (2000/1 Manitou) requires a special bracket and larger disc.
System type: Open
Lever type: Unique new lever
Caliper No.'s: 3 & 5
Standard Disc: 145, 165, & 185
Strengths: Performance, Reliability, Modulation & Spare parts so easy to get
My Mini's were the 2006 Mono's ( Black with Gold Piston ) and i had them for 3 years and never had a problem with them, Now im not going to go insane over this but this is for people who are saying there rubbish at DH, Mini's and Mini Mono's are NOT DH brakes, they never was or have been designed for dh from day one ! I If you want a DH brake that does DH and long DH runs get M4's or 6's there designed for that ! Other then that street, freeride, park, dj'ing get these brakes if you can as there not available brand new anymore ! Perfect starter brake and more then adequate to stop you on anything other then long DH runs !
Yeti ASX - Fox Van R Shock, Rockshox Boxxers, XT Cranks, SAS Rims on Pro 2 Hubs, Funn Bars, Funn Stem,
Date Reviewed: January 4, 2013
Strengths: It's all good.
I first bought these back in 2004, they started on my Giant, then my s-works and now my Cannondale. They are indestructible, my maintenance is the worst kind of poor. They are still going strong, cannondale came with avids, they were soon replaced with old hope set. Properly engineered kit, works and is simple to maintain and fix.
Date Reviewed: August 21, 2012
Strengths: stopping power is great, value for money and are overall great brakes
Weaknesses: bleeding can be an issue
I've run these brakes on my 06 kona stinky and on my flow myth 4x bike. When they were on the kona, they were put to their paces and done tracks such as fort william and glencoe. On both tracks they handled well and didn't have any problems what so ever! They are lightweight, strong and really powerful when bled. Bleeding can me quite hard as there is no bleedkit for these brakes and the dot 4 or 5.1 can be spilt easily onto the rotor. great brakes!
I have had these brakes on brakes on my SW since I bilt it up in 03'. I have changed the pads out twice. They have been great stoppers with no fading. I have had no leaks and no air getting into system. They have held up really well. I am in the process of building up a Motolite and will rebuild and put these brakes on it.
Bike Setup: 02'Titus Switchblade, Sram, Rock Shox Rev. 180mm FR 160mm RR
a Cross Country Rider
from Eagle, Co
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2009
Strengths: Pretty light
Weaknesses: Poor support
Since 2003 these brakes have performed well. 5 weeks ago I bought the stainless braided hoses. My bike mechanic for the last 6 years has spent hours trying to get them to work and hours on the phone with hope to figure out how to fix them. Hope sent new hoses and seals but nothin doin. My bike has been in the shop for 3+ weeks. Their tech does not know any more than the next guy. He wants me to pay another $50 to send them to some dude in Cali. I have spent $80 for the hoses, $25 for seals, $130 in labor and brake fluid. I would not recommend Hope products anymore. It should not be this difficult to fix brakes. I am now buying Avid Elixers.
Similar Products Used: My wifes bike has Avid Juicy 5 and I have demoed bikes with Hayes and Shimano.
Bike Setup: Rocky Mountain ETSX 70, Sram 9.0, XTR wheels, XT cranks, Race Face post and stem, Monkey Lite carbon low riser, Selle Italia saddle,
a Cross Country Rider
from Eagle Mountain, Utah
Date Reviewed: October 17, 2008
Strengths: Very light, solid lever feel, low maintenance, set it and forget it.
Weaknesses: Must buy pads direct from Hope
I bought these brakes brand new in 2001 after an MBA review comparing the Hayes, Shimano XT's and the Minis. The Minis won the shootout and since I was in the market for new brakes, I went right out and bought them.
It is now 2008 and believe it or not, I just barely replaced the pads for the very first time. Granted, I had a few years where I couldn't ride but still, I've put a lot of time on these brakes. They have excellent lever feel and stop me very well from speed. I am 200lbs and use a 160mm front and 140mm rear rotor. The only time I have a problem there is extended downhill when my fingers get tired but that is more due to my choice in rotor size than brake strength.
When I replaced the pads is when I ran into my first problem with these brakes. Hope says that due to several factors, you should only buy genuine Hope Mini pads. This may be the reason for some other not so hot reviews. The factory pads are hands down the best, you just have to order them and then wait. After installing the new pads you really need to make sure you put a screwdriver up between the pads in the caliper and pry them apart as far as you can. This system automatically adjusts itself so your caliper has adjusted for the worn pads. If you just throw the new ones in, they will rub for sure. Too easy to install and once done, off you go. I love these brakes.
Similar Products Used: Cannondale codas, Magura Julies, Avid Juicy 5,7,Carbon.
Bike Setup: Cannondale XC Hardtail, Full XTR
from Chico, CA, USA
Date Reviewed: August 18, 2008
Strengths: Good feel on fingers, good weight
Weaknesses: Terrible stopping power, lost ALL braking power on downhill on several different occasions (levers went to handlebars). Had LBS bleed lines, rebuild system, use 5.1 fluid, and larger rotors (7" and 8"), STILL lost all braking power! These brakes are terrible!
Terrible brakes, DO NOT use these for ANY sustained downhill!
Strengths: lack of maintenance needed, good strong lever, just about everything else.
Weaknesses: umm, they are tight and rub just a little when you put brand new pads on. but this isnt that much of a problem, it just does not have a pad contact adjustment
i bought these without pads, and with the wrong rotor, but after picking up a decent set of ebc's and the correct rotor, these things work very well. the lever was/is very tight and they did drag very slightly at the beginning, but these things are real good. i wouldnt get rid of them for the world. i like the xt's for the fact that they use mineral oil and not dot 3/4, but these (even though the rotor is small) are very good. i have not been affected by the expanding pad problem, and they do not experience any heat related probelms. i replaced them with a avid J7 185 at the beginning of last year, because i really like the pad distance setting, but i kept these around and now they are going to see another life on a different bike. i had to look through to see if i had reviewed them, and with four years and no problems whatsoever, id say these might be the best bang for the buck, even if you get them used and rebuild them.
Similar Products Used: few mechs, juicy's and 2 different xt models
Bike Setup: 35lb. AM/FR 6" setup. now hardtail DJ.
a Weekend Warrior
from warwickshire, england
Date Reviewed: December 3, 2007
Strengths: good stopping power, i tend to go faster than my riding ability allows so these brakes have got me out of trouble a number of times. little maintenance, in fact had them fitted ovar 4 years, got through about 5 or 6 sets of pads and not had to bleed system once. easy to set up and require little adjustment.
Weaknesses: none, other than price,but have come down since i purchased mine though.
great stopping power,smooth action, even after all this time. riden in all conditions from dry and dusty, to rain, to deep mud and never let me down. easy pad change, easy to adjust calipers. fitted at the same time as 2 friends(we took all 3 bikes to the shop on the same day) out of 6 calipers, in 4 years, one started leaking about 6 months age,which is'nt bad.
Similar Products Used: grimeca hydraulic, clarks cable..(don't bother),
Bike Setup: 180mm rotor front, 160mm rotor rear. was on gti drive when i upgraded it, now fitted to giant nrs, will up grade brakes if and when these give up.
a Cross Country Rider
from Park City UT
Date Reviewed: August 16, 2007
Strengths: Picked these up from a freind who went xtr...180 front and 160 rear....They work great all the time, the pads are easy to replace. Lightweight and durable. Set-up easy. Machining and finish work impeccable. These are the pre-mono minis with silver calipers and all-black square-reservoir levers. Great looking, working, and feeling...
Weaknesses: On occation (and usually when I needed them) the front brake lever would go to the bar w/no effect....!!
At $200 for the used set, this was a good buy for sure.... Even with a taller rotor and larger pads, this Hope disc brake is lightweight, with quality machine and finish work on all the parts. This particular pre-mini brake I think came with different levers/reservoir setups during the two or three yrs. they were made. These have the super-ergo, all-black, two-finger lever with the rectangle-shaped reservoir and silver calipers. Some earlier levers have the circular-shaped reservoir. The surpising lever-to-the-bar events are far and few between....once a yr. or so...If you can get ahold of a used pair of these....FOR SURE GET EM!!!!..
a Weekend Warrior
from Sydney NSW Australia
Date Reviewed: March 6, 2007
Strengths: They look good but I need something reliable without constant maintenance
Weaknesses: If my bike isn't ridden for some time the lever on one end (rear) of these brakes firms up causing the pads to rub eventually stopping the wheel from spinning all together. This has been happening since they were brand new. The shop where I purchased these brakes considering I purchased them on a custom $7000 Blur failed to look after me. Eventually they sent them to the Aussie importer who was just the worst it took him over 3 months to return them to my LBS and that was only after I called to tell him to pull his finger out something my LBS couldn't be bothered to do, having my bike for sitting in thier shop all this time. They also lost all the mounting hardware in the process and thought it was quite o.k. to use any old bolts they had hanging around the workshop.It goes to show that once they had thier sale they couldn't give a f**k any more & Hope U.K. should think about getting rid of thier Aussie dealer he just sucks beyond comment! Eventually I sent back to the manufactuer in the U.K. and they fixed the problem and returned them in just 1 week (now that's service)They were spot on in helping me. Now the other brake doing the same I'm going to give up on them and buy some mechanicals or V-brakes again can't be bothered with all the problems.
Haven't I said it all. Buy it if you live in England & can have them serviced by someone who knows how too. Stay well clear if you live in Australia because service is pathetic. Endeavour cycles (LBS) has lost a customer too you can't treat people this way after they have spent so much money purchasing their dream bike. The 1 chilli goes to Hope U.K. for thier good help even though their product isn't great.
Weaknesses: parts a bit more $ and harder to get. Not a weekness, but these are not 1-finger nose wheelie brakes.
I like em! I bought mine well used, cleaned them up, and they work awesome. They are not "stoppers", but "speed-adjusters", on my Racer-x. They have excellent, excellent modulation, very easy to scrub off just the speed you need to when entering a corner. they look cool, easy to work on, nothing comes loose - use lock-tight! the manual even says to. They do NOT have uber-stopping power, as many reviewers have mentioned. Power can be increased by going to bigger rotors, I have 160/140, which is lowest power/highest modulation. I have Hayes Mags on my commuter bike, 160/160, and they are uber-stoppers, which I consider necessary for emergency stops on the street. but much less feel. parts are harder to find, but still available. Support is iffy, not as good as Hayes. Luckily this is a very good product, so support isn't too important. Buy them used as a light, trick, reliable bake for your x-country machine. Avoid them for your 30+ lb am, fr, or dh machine. 5 stars in their application!
Similar Products Used: hayes mag, el camino, sole.
Bike Setup: Racer-x
a Weekend Warrior
Date Reviewed: January 1, 2007
Strengths: Good modulation, light, look great.
Weaknesses: Poor braking performance
From the start, these brakes have been downright poor in terms of performance. Although modulation is very good, ultimate braking power has been poor, irrespective of type of pads used, and bleeding the brakes. They have resulted in a loss of confidence on descents, particularly in technical situations, where I have found myself on numerous occasions shouting expletives whilst crampily pulling the levers moments before having close encounters with trees. Not a good trait in a mountain bike brake. The Hayes Nine brakes on my other bike, have on the other hand been awesome, in that they actually stop the bike, but they are very "grabby" compared to the Mono Minis.