I have the Hone shifter/brake lever and brakes and I find they work as well as the Saint/XT, better than XTR, better than Avid Juicy 5/Ultimates, better than Hayes 9 or mags. The only brakes that I have used that I found had more power were the considerable heavier Codes and Gustavs.
I have run the Hone cranks and rear derailleur and although they have been sold with other projects I would not hesitate to use them again.
However, I have not had good luck with Shimano's freehubs on their regular hubs i.e. XT, Hone, Deore etc and I am a staunch advocate of through axle front hubs so I have not tried the Hone hubs and I currently run the Saint hubs.
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