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Hello,

I have recently purchased a set of Hope Mono 6ti disc brakes. These brakes were not at all cheap (most expensive brakes you can buy) and therefore I was expecting them to perform better than any other brake as well. I have to say that I'm extremely disapointed with the performance of these brakes. Both front and back brakes don't have nearly as much power as I was expecting. Infact, my old Shimano XT hydraulic brakes have more power and they are less than 1/3 of the price! I am mostly disapointed with the front brake. I have to literally squeeze it as hard as I can to get it to stop? By the time I get to the bottom of a DH run, my hands are very sore and cramped from squeezing so hard (the very reason I bought these brakes in the first place was to avoid this). The levers also seem to have a very spongy feel to them. I have alreadly tried re-bleeding the brakes (both by myself and at a LBS) and even changing the brake pads, but nothing improves the performance. There definitely seems to be something wrong with them.

Is anyone else running these brakes? And if so, are you experiencing any of the problems that I am? Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 

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endurowanker said:
are the pads fully broken in? are the rotors contaminated with oil?
I'm pretty sure the pads are fully broken in. They've received almost 2 solid months of downhilling. I clean my rotors with alcohol on a regular basis, so I'm also pretty sure they're not contaminated with oil. I have no idea what is causing the problem. I guess it might just be a faulty set of brakes?
 

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Freerider said:
I'm pretty sure the pads are fully broken in. They've received almost 2 solid months of downhilling. I clean my rotors with alcohol on a regular basis, so I'm also pretty sure they're not contaminated with oil. I have no idea what is causing the problem. I guess it might just be a faulty set of brakes?
you don't really have to clean your rotors... I know certain brakes actually need the rotors to have bits of pad embedded in them to improve power... Cleaning them with alcohol might actually be hurting you. The sponginess is troubleing though... I'm pretty sure monos have a reputation for stiff lever feel, as there's nothing really to bend...

Email hope and see if they got any ideas...
 

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Just a possibility...

Remote but it is...

If Hope is using the same lever for other brakes than the 6's it might be possible for the pads would not be reaching the rotor fully. If the master cylinder is too small then you need more lever throw for the pads to reach the rotor.

E-mail Hope.

Cleaning your rotors with alcohol will leave you a bit of time with very little power (the whole surface needs to bed-in again).
Did you bed your pads properly?? Making 20mph to 0 stops repeatedly?? Or did you just jumped on your bike and beated the hell out of your brakes???

Apart from the BS I said above..... from the Hope's site:

"-Air in the system. Re bleed the system (see
section 3.3).
-Mounts on frame or fork out of alignment.
Have frame of forks refaced with suitable
tool.
-Wrong fluid has been used. Seals will be
damaged. New seals must be fitted
-If the problem persists then there may be a
system leak described below."
 

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Yes, checked all that, and did the standard pad break-in routine. See my thread on the DH/Freeride board, I think the problem is with the stock pads. They are too hard, made for long life, not stopping power. I've ordered some EBC Red pads.
 

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I just bought my Hope Mono 6 Ti Brakes and I have to say... After one full run at Keystone, they were burned in and have UNBELIEVABLE stopping power!!!!
Mono 6 Ti's are the Bomb Digity!!! I dont know what the trouble is with your brake system, but Mine is the best I have ever experienced. These brakes are unbelievable!!!
Worth every penny spent!!!! They are One finger brakes...I have so much less arm pump now. I am still planning to put Goodridge lines on it, I hear it makes an already incredible system even more incredible. I couldnt be more pleased!!! I hope you get your brakes figured out and experience what I am... :D
 

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Probably not, but check the lines...

Freerider said:
Hello,

I have recently purchased a set of Hope Mono 6ti disc brakes. These brakes were not at all cheap (most expensive brakes you can buy) and therefore I was expecting them to perform better than any other brake as well. I have to say that I'm extremely disapointed with the performance of these brakes. Both front and back brakes don't have nearly as much power as I was expecting. Infact, my old Shimano XT hydraulic brakes have more power and they are less than 1/3 of the price! I am mostly disapointed with the front brake. I have to literally squeeze it as hard as I can to get it to stop? By the time I get to the bottom of a DH run, my hands are very sore and cramped from squeezing so hard (the very reason I bought these brakes in the first place was to avoid this). The levers also seem to have a very spongy feel to them. I have alreadly tried re-bleeding the brakes (both by myself and at a LBS) and even changing the brake pads, but nothing improves the performance. There definitely seems to be something wrong with them.

Is anyone else running these brakes? And if so, are you experiencing any of the problems that I am? Any advice would be very much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
I would check your lines to make sure there is not a bulge somewhere. In any case, you may want to upgrade to goodridge lines to take out any flex in the lines.
 
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