Hope Technology has expanded its offerings in the XCR brake range. The company, known for its dedication to innovation and quality, now introduces more customization options, enhancing both aesthetics and performance.
Expanded Color Palette and E4 Caliper Addition
Previously available only in silver and black, the XCR line has broadened its appeal with the introduction of six colors: Red, Blue, Orange, Purple, Silver, and Black. This expansion caters to a diverse range of cyclists’ preferences, allowing for a more personalized touch to their setups.
In an exciting update, Hope Technology has incorporated the E4 caliper into the XCR series. This addition not only boosts the brake‘s performance but also adds a “downcountry” twist, making the XCR brakes suitable for various applications, from cross-country racing to more robust trail builds.
XCR Pro Features
The XCR Pro model stands out with its minimal, radially configured master cylinder, which maintains Hope’s straightforward bleeding process. It features a conventional reservoir, reach adjustment, and a new hinged handlebar clamp for reduced weight and effortless installation. The lever, finished with a carbon blade, is designed for reduced friction and a super light lever action.
E4 Caliper Specifications
The E4 caliper showcases hybrid style stainless steel pistons with a phenolic insert, ensuring smoother movement and less maintenance. These calipers manage high temperatures efficiently, minimizing heat transfer during extreme use. Equipped with racing compound pads, they offer impressive performance right out of the box, requiring minimal bedding in and displaying enhanced resistance to fade compared to standard organic pads.
X2 Caliper Design
The X2 caliper features aluminium backplate pads and a sleek, low-profile crimped connector. It retains a conventional olive at the lever end, facilitating easy hose shortening.
Key Features at a Glance
- Lightweight, minimalist design with carbon blade and titanium hardware.
- Lever reach adjustment and hinge clamp for easy installation.
- CNC Machined from high-grade forged aluminium billet.
- 10% power increase over Race Evo lever in the XCR model.
- Various caliper options: X2 Postmount and Flatmount, E4 Postmount.
- Unique crimped hose design on the caliper.
- Rigid CNC’d one-piece caliper.
- Lightweight aluminium backed pads for X2 / Green Race pads for E4.
- Compatibility with all current Tech 3 shifter mounts.
- Available in multiple colors and with black hose only.
- Weights without fluid: 182g for X2 / 236g for E4.
Pricing and Availability
The XCR PRO X2 is priced at £200.00 / €250.00 / $253.00, and the XCR PRO E4 at £225.00 / €285.00 / $285.00, available through local dealers. This expansion not only reinforces Hope Technology’s commitment to innovation but also caters to a wider spectrum of cycling needs and preferences.