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All brake reviews tend to concentrate on the calliper and lever. Fair enough, that's where all the action takes place. But what do you do once you are running the best brakes on the biggest courses and demand the ultimate in performance? A system is only as good as the sum of it's parts - so what about the often overlooked hoses?
Enter Goodridge. A UK based company with a background in motorsport and more than a passing interest in MTB, Goodridge have brought their Formula One hose technology to your pushbike.
The hoses feature a patented connection system meaning that you mix and match to choose a setup to suit your ride. This year you can even tune up further by picking from their range of colors.
In this article, we look at upgrading a set of HOPE Enduro 4 pots, ready for a full workout in Canada, where the claims of increased braking power (through less hose deflection) and greater heat dissipation (through heat conductive steel outer) will be worked over to the max.
When you pop down your cash and open the box, what do you get? First up is the length of hose (choose front or rear when you order), mounting hardware (to interface both ends of your hose to your brakes - again, specify when you order), simple -to-follow instructions and a sticker (gotta love sitckers!).
First step is to whip off your old hoses. Watch out as they are full of corrosive fluid! Drain into plastic or glass bottle and dispose of carefully. For HOPE bayonets you need a 10mm spanner and an 8mm for the Banjo's.
Despite the tough braiding, you can cut the Goodridges with a decent sharp pair of snips. Since one of their unique advantages is that they go round tight corners, I suggest installing the hose from the lever down to the caliper before cutting - you may save some length. The shorter run the better in terms of brake responsiveness - just make sure you can turn your bars and the hoses don't snag.
Clear instructions for painless fitting
Starting with one end, slice off 11mm of protective outer (the coating stops the braiding acting like a file on your precious ride!). Slide one end cap over the stripped outer and screw in the bayonet. Fit to your levers with the brass washer.
|The hose x-section||Trim 11mm of plastic outer||Twist and slide the sleeve on|
Tighten this lot up and route your cable toward the caliper. Check your bars can still turn then cut to length. Strip back the outer again and fit the sleeve and banjo. Holding the cable sleeve with the trusty 8mm spanner, use a screwdriver or allen key to tighten the banjo. Bolt the banjo to the caliper, fitting two rubber washers to the extremely factory looking cross-drilled bolt.
|Press and screw in fitting||Tighten bayonet with spanners||Tighten banjo with a screwdriver|
That's it! Bleed your brakes (look out for our forthcoming tutorial) as normal and get ready for improved performance, more feel and greater fade resistance.
Goodridge pads - organic and sintered for HOPE 4 pots.
While I was upgrading the hoses, the old pads got slung and in went some Goodridge pads, to make the system complete. With a choice between long life all-round use organic and high bite sintered, I opted for the power up front where it's needed and the longer life on the back to prevent unwanted lock-ups and reduce wear when dragging the rear to scub speed.
As for performance, you'll have to read the product round-up after Whistler!
For more info on these products, see goodridge.net.
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