How to Fit Hope Pads on MTB Disc Brakes

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How to Fit Hope Pads on MTB Disc Brakes
A typical MTB disc brake (Bici image by Toni Garau Garau from

The inherent rigours of mountain biking tend to exact a heavy toll upon equipment, and brake pads are no exception. Like all brake pads, Hope pads wear over time, becoming increasingly thin and increasingly less effective. Once these pads are reduced to less than 0.5mm in thickness, the brakes will begin to feel vague or mushy. In this instance, it's time to replace the pads.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Small flathead screwdriver
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Clean rag
  • Rubbing alcohol

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  1. 1

    Determine which pad you're replacing, and remove the accompanying wheel from the bicycle. This will give you full access to the pad and its associate caliper.

  2. 2

    Retract the pistons inside the brake caliper, so that the new pad will be able to fit comfortably. This can be done by using a flathead screwdriver, reaching inside the caliper and prying the pistons apart inside. The caliper houses the brake pad.

  3. 3

    Remove the retaining pin holding the pad in place inside the caliper, by first removing the clip at the end of the pin with a pair of needle-nose pliers and threading the pin free of the caliper.

  4. 4

    Grab the tip of the old pad using your needle-nose pliers, and pull the pad free of the caliper.

  5. 5

    Clean the inside of the caliper using a clean rag and rubbing alcohol.


  1. 1

    Insert the new Hope brake pads into the caliper opening, making sure the pad surface faces inward.

  2. 2

    Reinsert the retaining pin to secure the pad in place. Replace the clip at the end of the pin. This clip ensures that the pin does not somehow work its way free.

  3. 3

    Take the bike outside and put it through several hard stops. This will help break in the new pads while also fixing the piston calipers in place.

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