Hope DH4 Older Disc Brakes

4.86/5 (51 Reviews)
MSRP : $325.00


Product Description

The new 4 piston Downhill brake by Hope Technology is the most revolutionary braking system ever made. The DH4 uses a totally open system that provides drag free, self adjusting performance. This brake provides more power than any other brake out there, yet offers superior modulation.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Daniel Matthews a Downhiller from South Wales

Date Reviewed: October 3, 2002

Strengths:    Very Powerful, very progressive, reosonably light and looks great !

Weaknesses:    The biting point is a little later than I would like, because its an open system the adjustability is limited.

Bottom Line:   
Very Good All round brake well worth the extra money, suits lots of styles of riding, another great product from a great company !

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Favorite Trail:   Intense

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Grimeca stuff, Hayes, Magura, V-Brakes

Bike Setup:   Dirt Jumping Freeride bike, Z1 Freerides, built for strength.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Matt a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2002

Strengths:    Good stopping power

Weaknesses:    The best got better...
Need to bleed after heavy riding


Bottom Line:   
If you're using these discs and are having trouble bleeding them, get the bleed kit off hope as it's a lot better (although pretty expensive).

Also if you want to improve performance (less pump up & less bleeding to do) then switch to DOT 5.1, I did this summer in Morzine and noticed my brakes worked a lot better than last year with DOT 4.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   RockShox Disc


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rich Steels a Downhiller from England

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2002

Strengths:    They are British, they are manufactureed to excelent standards. They stop you with one finger!!! And have stopped being made as single crown fork users were using them only to find that they are so powerful they bent the forks!!!

Weaknesses:    Non!!! Just only for Downhill bikes and forks.

Bottom Line:   
These disks rule....Period, There isn't a brake out there yet that can stop a 50lb Downhill bike as fast as these and offer as much feel and confidence. I used to live 200yards from the Hope factory over here in the UK. I had a BIG crash one day, totally recked my Big'un hub and damaged the pipe leading into the caliper. I went to see Hope to buy some parts to fix the damage as everything was out of waranty apart from my DH4. Hope wouldn't sell me anything!!, they replaced everything free of charge. How good is that for customer service. Steve Peat was furious to know that GT wouldn't let him run Hope last year. This year he's on Hope, Say no more. British at it's best, brin it on.....

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   www.chainreactioncycles.com

Similar Products Used:   Haynes

Bike Setup:   Karpiel Armageddon, Profile cranks, atomlab trail pimp rims Hope bigun hubs etc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Clint a Racer from Tyrone, GA

Date Reviewed: March 23, 2002

Strengths:    Craftmanship, performance, weight, ease to use


Weaknesses:    Oil changes and bleeding the system. This is a tedious process and to do it well takes two people if you do it as the manual describes. I'm open to suggestions for a better way.

Bottom Line:   
I painstakenly debated spending the money on these brakes. No one in my area uses Hope so I had to go by what I read in this forum. Thanks. I must say these brakes perform like nothing I've used so far. One finger is all you need for all the breaking power you can handle. Keep your hands on the bars, not the brakes on those hammering descents. For those of you out there considering what to buy next look no further. I know it's painful but just drop the cash, you wont regret it. Are these brakes British? No wonder my bike wants to stop at every durn tea plant on the trail and sniff around. Happpy trails!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   sponsor

Similar Products Used:   Avid mechanical disc. I've ridden others but have not owned them.

Bike Setup:   Haro Werks DHR, Stratos S7, Hadley, rhyno's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mojombo a Weekend Warrior from La Verne, CA

Date Reviewed: February 24, 2002

Bottom Line:   
Before I bought these somewhat pricey brakes I did some research. Look at the reviews on this site, what do you see? The Hope disc brakes are the ONLY ones to get consistently good reviews. And for good reason. These things are godlike in their power. With V-Brakes you get wet noodle braking. With Hope Disc you get the manly testosterone braking you deserve. Ever wanted to do stoppies or find a need to actually stop on that mindbending downhill before you eat it at 40mph into a fallen tree? I put the DH4 on my front wheel and the open 2 on my back wheel (what am I, Mr. Money Bags?). These things will squeak a little bit at first but after a couple weeks of solid riding they'll whisper. Besides, the squeak tells everyone below you to GET OUT OF THE WAY OR BE MAULED! I used to tap on the brakes to give a heads up to hikers that otherwise would be oblivious of my approach. But alas! no more squeaking. Simply put, if you're going to buy disc brakes, don't wuss out and get some mechanical or crappy Hayes hydraulic. Get the real thing. Get the Hope. 5 flaming poops all around for the most outstanding piece of gear on my bike.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $220.00

Purchased At:   universalcycles.com


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by STEVE DH a Downhiller from uk

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2001

Strengths:    They r hope. the look trick. r trick. perform trick. and stop fat blokes on a dime. when i meen fat i mean nutty professor fat. GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE 2.

Weaknesses:    let me think. let me think sum more. THINKIN. still THINKIN. nope. no weaknesses my fellow mountain bikers. ONLY POSITIVES.

Bottom Line:   
I am one who takes great notice in fine detail.stats etc. i only expect the finest. These r the finest. power. well were do i start. lets put it this way. they r so good that they could not only stop 1, but both of the planes from crashing in 2 the trade centres. contumplate that for a hour or 2. so its safe 2 assume that they will stop a mere mortal and his/her 50lb bike on a very steep, fast section of downhill. they are relly that good. go out and by these 2 put on ur mantale piece, such is the beauty and function of these. wat was that sayin. bueaty before function, now u can have both. by the way theY r relly controlable 2. hope make me sick. no one does it better. respect to the lanc's boys. keep up the good work.

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Favorite Trail:   nonr

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   n

Similar Products Used:   none. thougt of hayes but there reputaion is absolutly FOUL.

Bike Setup:   195 disc at the front dudes. 165 AT THE REAR

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark a Downhiller from St. Albert, Alberta, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2001

Strengths:    Tons more power than any other brake I've tried, great modulation and feel at the lever. They look wicked too.

Weaknesses:    A bit pricey(but they are worth it).

Bottom Line:   
If you want the best, get Hopes. They are more expensive, but the performance gain is more than worth it.

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Favorite Trail:   Dag's DH at Silverstar

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Similar Products Used:   Hayes, Magura, Shimano, Formula

Bike Setup:   2000 Specialized Team DH, Boxxer, Mavic D321s, Tioga 2.3 DH rubber, and the Hopes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by rufus a Downhiller from Norway

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2001

Strengths:    Even better brakes

Weaknesses:    Differcult to find a fork to fit it to

Bottom Line:   
In 1994/5 Hope made a double front disc brake system prototype. I WANT THIS! All those in favour e-mail this spot, or even better e-mail Hope and tell them!

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Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Normal, mortal disc brakes

Bike Setup:   Giant DH team, Manitou Dorado

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by joE ??? from eng-er-land

Date Reviewed: December 2, 2001

Strengths:    unmatchable power
looks fantastic
its british
makes all other disc brake manufacturers look WANK


Weaknesses:    £120 still aint pocket change

Bottom Line:   
there is nothing else on this planet that can really make it for power and looks. i dont care how much they cost in the US and canada, they shouldnt be so gay with prices to Britain for everything else
5/5
makes ya proud to be british

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Favorite Trail:   made of marzipan

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   winstanleys, wigan

Similar Products Used:   maguras, hayes

Bike Setup:   kona stuff, 2k judy races etc....

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Herron a Weekend Warrior from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 10, 2001

Strengths:    Awesome power and modulation. Great control when hitting dry dusty trails at speed. Can feel when the wheel is going to lock up. Strong levers, calipers and disks. All parts for levers and calipers can be ordered separately, very good when need repairing.

Weaknesses:    Gold pads squeal like hell. Will be grabbing the new red pads as soon as they are avail. in Oz.

Bottom Line:   
If you can spare the cash, these puppies are greatest in disk technology. Killer looks and with the power and modulation to match.

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Favorite Trail:   any downhill trail

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $1100.00

Purchased At:   a bike shop

Similar Products Used:   Hope sports, pros and hayes.

Bike Setup:   Giant AC1, 2000 Bombers CR, XTR driveline with Blackspire chain device, Hope hubs laced to Mavic 521's, Hope Enduros with 185mm rotors f/r, Azonic bars and stem, lock ons and 636's.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by don from Newbury Park California USA

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2001

Strengths:    Reliable, good modulation, low maintenance, excellent one finger stopping power, Works excellent in water, mud, normal, cold conditions

Weaknesses:    Bleeding any disc brakes can be a pain fluid is toxic
Putting the disc / hub / skewers onto bike takes patience
Oil on the pads or rotor reduces braking
Can burn you if you touch them after a long down hill run.


Bottom Line:   
Had them for two years with over 1500 miles on them. Still on the original pads. Squelled for the first 50 miles. I do absolutely no maintence (except H20 hose them off)on them and they are perfect. Excellent one finger modulation & stopping in any condition. Customer support is excellent.
Best product I purchased in recent years. It is not light weight but it will definitely stop you !

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Favorite Trail:   Sycamore Canyon loop/swithbacks

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $400.00

Similar Products Used:   Maggies HS 11 hs 22 hs 24

Bike Setup:   Animal 5 inches rear front ZR-QR20 130mm xtr atacs

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Cross Country Rider from Malvern,Worcs,U.K.

Date Reviewed: September 23, 2001

Strengths:    Enduro4 165mm front
Power,Control,Customer service


Weaknesses:    None now, O.K. maybe a little less weight (ti bolts?)

Bottom Line:   
I originally had problems with pad fade, hope sent me sintered pads (free)and I then managed to warp 3 disks in a row over a period of 3 months (I ride like a total loon,like 30mph stoppies and am heavy), hope have now fixed this problem with the 165mm disk and pads with a new design (free again)and the brakes are now preforming at their outstanding best.

If you want a high performance disk brake buy enduro4's

5 chili's for the brake,I'll forgive the problems as hopes' fast customer service mean't I didn't miss a single ride

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Back On Track

Similar Products Used:   Nothing comes close

Bike Setup:   Klien Attitude (pre trek),RS7's,XT,XTR,Rond quake comp,x-lite stubbie pro,mavic X317/X517,velociraptor's

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jimmy R. a Weekend Warrior from Chico, Ca.

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2001

Strengths:    Power, modulation, no fade, all the major parts are billet. Looks like bike jewelery.

Weaknesses:    a bit squeeky at times.

Bottom Line:   
You have to love stuff that works as advertised & looks trick to boot! Great product, Great cust. service.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Jenson USA

Bike Setup:   Cheeta Prowler, Stratos S7, Enduro4 brakes, shifters/der, Raceface NS crank, Hugi hubs, Mavic 321's, Thomson SP/stem, Pro-Taper bars.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Brian a Downhiller from Kennebunk

Date Reviewed: July 25, 2001

Strengths:    I think the levers are very nice; they have nice pull. Also i think the disc looks ill.

Weaknesses:    I think mine is just funcked or something i have bleed them several times and they still have a delay.

Bottom Line:   
I think this disc brake blows but by every one elses rating they must be good. That means mine are just funcked up!

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Favorite Trail:   there all good

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $239.00

Similar Products Used:   Hayes, Avid, Sram, Hope Mini, Magura Gustav and Clara

Bike Setup:   Intese Uzzi Dh Jr.T RaceFace/XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jordan Harris a Downhiller from Victoria,BC,Canada

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2001

Strengths:    Everything The most power I have ever felt in a Disc. A hell of a lot better than Hayes. Its like a block of Alunnium no casting crap here like most other discs. The best modulation I have ever felt

Weaknesses:    It squeeks a bit but who cares because its the best disc in the world

Bottom Line:   
The bottom line is that these are the best breaks out there. Don't buy hayes there good but not as good as these puppies. And these are not for u X-Country kids. Freeriders and Downhillers only. The caliper weights more than my hole Hayes MX-1 Rotor and Caliper.

Buy hope don't settle for anything else

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Favorite Trail:   The bullit

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $410.00

Purchased At:   WestShore bike Shop

Similar Products Used:   Hayes, grimeca, and Magura

Bike Setup:   Norco,Special crome Long travle Z-5's,Hayes MX-1 in for the rear,Hope up front,Sun rims, LX-XT.

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