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difference between Hope Mini and Mono Mini??

allthegearnoideaallthegearnoidea Posts: 4,077
edited September 2010 in MTB workshop & tech
Afternoon all!
been nosing at changing the brakes on the bike latey and have been looking at Mono Mini's,
are they any improvement over std Mini's??

(have an M4 caliper on its way for the front so will be running it on the back, )
Timmo.
After all, I am Cornish!
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  • I find the Mono's easier to service because the pistons come out with less aggravation. On the Mini's they fit extremely snugly and the seals are very tight. I suppose that makes them less likely to leak around the seals, but I've never had that problem with Mono's.

    The Mini's only come in IS making rotor size choice a bit limited. However, it is only the later Mono's that come in post mount (the Mono 2's they are called), the black calipers with gold caps are all IS. (Someone will post a pic of a post mount Mini now! Even if that happens though, they are not common.)

    Most Mini's come with 6mm hoses which LBS's don't stock. Your local hydraulic pipe shop probably does though. You can buy new 5mm fittings anyway.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    I rate the old silver Mini over the Mono any day.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • cheers matey!

    ive got praided lines on my current hopes so would just swap the calipers over! :wink:
    got my eye on a couple calipers, so will have a deeper nose and investigate!!
    Timmo.
    After all, I am Cornish!
    http://cornwallmtb.kk5.org/
    Cotic Soul, The bike of Legends!:wink: Yes, I Am a bike tart!
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  • thanks nick! much appreciated!
    Timmo.
    After all, I am Cornish!
    http://cornwallmtb.kk5.org/
    Cotic Soul, The bike of Legends!:wink: Yes, I Am a bike tart!
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    PS I still have my old minis but did not keep the monos.
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
    Parktools :?:SheldonBrown
  • j_lj_l Posts: 425
    Its funny, I had C2s years ago, amazing brakes, then I got some Minis again really good brakes with a better leaver.

    Then I got a M4 mono, still a reasonably good brake but not as good as the other two.

    Now I have some Avid Juicy 3's now I know these are not supposed to be the best but I think they are brilliant, great modulation power and trouble free, only gripe is the front disk size is a little small at 160, but easily sorted (suspect that more to do with Commencal than Avid).

    The mechanic in my LBS said Hopes are not as good as hey used to be.
    I'm not old I'm Retro
  • I found the old minis (2 part caliper) to suffer from seperation of the 2 halves when braking hard, leading to a leak between the caliper halves.. not uncommon, monos better..
  • thanks all, have managed to get another M4 caliper for a good price so will have a play when they arrive,
    will run an M4 up front for sure but tempted to keep a mini on the back!, will see how i get on!!!
    Timmo.
    After all, I am Cornish!
    http://cornwallmtb.kk5.org/
    Cotic Soul, The bike of Legends!:wink: Yes, I Am a bike tart!
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