USE, X-Lite and Hope were all at the Cycle & Leisure Show. Here are their headline product offerings...

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The pic above shows that some stands at the Cycle & Leisure Show were busier than others!

Hope was showing off the M4 disc brake (see pic and tech spec below) which replaces the Enduro 4. This is now available from stock.

On the Blue Ridge stand Rory Hitchins said the long-awaited SUB anti-dive fork from USE is nearly ready to roll, with product availability in May. The SUB fork has been shown at expos for the past two years but has never made it into production. Until now, that is.

The mono-blade fork will retail for £799.

SUB stands for Stability Under Braking. The fork offers 100mm of travel but because it does not lose travel when braking, the SUB forks performs as though there’s more travel than just 100mm.

"Brake harder and later, ride faster and in more control," reads the USE literature.

The SUB 3.9lbs fork needs to be fitted to a Hope Bulb hub.

X-Lite was chocka with tons of the company’s ‘bike candy’, including the Big Bore DHR-75 CNC stem which was develpped for Steve Peat’s assault on this year’s Euro and World Championships. It has a mammoth 31.8mm bor clamp and comes with Ti bolts. The Big Bore is designed with the Fatboy DHR-11 bar in mind. Pix in the March mag.

HOPE TECH SPEC (as supplied by Hope):

M4 – New DH/Freeride/Hard XC brake.

Due to the popularity of the Mini lever, we have redesigned our 4 piston

downhill/freeride brake to utilise this lever.

The new brake is called the M4. It has the same power as the Enduro, and

uses the same pads and disc but that’s where the similarity ends. The

caliper has been totally changed to accommodate this lever.

M4 Brake

Description: The new M4 replaces last years successful Enduro 4. The caliper

has been redesigned to allow it to use the standard Mini lever. Even though

the brake has been slimmed down it still retains its awesome braking power.

The caliper features 4 pistons operating 4 separate pads (pads remain same

as Enduro and DH4) and is an open system. The 74mm post mount (2000/1

Manitou) requires a special bracket and larger disc.

Uses: This brake can be used for all types of riding from hard cross-country

through to world cup downhill racing, as it is not affected by temperature


Specifications: System type: Open

Lever type: Mini

Caliper No.’s: 3, 5, 6(205mm) & 8

Standard Disc: 145, 165, 185 & 205mm

Weight: 460g (inc. lever, hose, 165mm disc, caliper, pads, oil & all fixing


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