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hope steel braided brake hose

2x102x10 Posts: 79
edited March 2014 in MTB workshop & tech
I struggled fitting new braided steel brake hose to my Hope m4's. I could not get the fitting over the hose even after stripping away the outer covering.
Finally found the solution, nibble away a bit of the inner hose with a dremel or similar, this enables the steel braid to collapse inwards and the fitting slides over easily.
Hope this helps someone, I struggled for ages before I saw the light.


  • Chunkers1980Chunkers1980 Posts: 8,035
    Probably best to just stick it in the bin.
  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    Sounds like you got the wrong hose.

    Or you have no idea what you were doing.

    And I would bin the hose.
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  • shindigshindig Posts: 173
    I had the same problem when using a cheap cable cutter to cut the hose. Used my Shimano cable cutter instead and it lefty a nice chamfer which made fitting the ends real easy.
  • GiraffotoGiraffoto Posts: 2,078
    A hose with a bit nibbled away sounds like a weakened hose - I wouldn't trust that hose now, but we all make our own choices.
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  • 2x102x10 Posts: 79
    I can see I wasnt very clear in my first post, putting hope fitting onto a steel braided hose requires the fitting to slip over the braid and then expose a small section of the inner hose to accept the olive. My problem was not having the correct hose cutting tool left the braid a bit mis shaped. By cutting back the inner i could slip the fitting over, trim back the braid and cut the inner to the correct length. didnt mean to suggest that it was ok to use damaged cable. The explanation might not be very good but the engineering is sound.
  • fizikfizik Posts: 247
    It was a tight fit when I did mine with the 5mm hose and 5mm hope fittings, I think decent cable cutters are the answer. I would cut the end off where you have used the dremel and try again.
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