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Old 09-12-10, 06:56 PM   #1
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Mechanical to hydraulic conversion

Got a lg size haro shift r1, wants to convert the brakes from mechanical to hydraulic, is it worth it?? how much am i looking at??
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Old 09-12-10, 07:05 PM   #2
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Price out a few decent name brand options and decide for yourself. Avoid the single piston caliper styles like the plague. One of the key advantages of hydraulic is dual pistons that retract away from the rotor and that move in and position themselves with a balanced push from both sides. Just say no to one sided brakes.

Outside of that you want to go with a decent brand name and then check on the reviews. Keep in mind that some folks can break a tree without thinking about it and are just ignorant so don't look at the bad reviews so much as now many bad to how many good each system has. If there's only a few bad ones then the system is good.

Also how long do you plan on keeping this bike? If you were jonesing for a new ride a year away it may be worth it to just move the switchover date up.
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As a reference, these Hayes Strokers are $70 complete (except for mounting adapter). http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...kaging+09.aspx

And the prices go up from there.
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I believe the Strokers are one of the hydro one sided caliper abominations. I just shook my head when I learned that they were making one sided hyraulic calipers.

It would be different if these one sided calipers where "floating" calipers such as found on some motorcycles and most cars. But they are a fixed caliper body with one pad fixed so they have all the same disadvantages as mechanical disk brakes.
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I believe the Strokers are one of the hydro one sided caliper abominations. I just shook my head when I learned that they were making one sided hyraulic calipers.

It would be different if these one sided calipers where "floating" calipers such as found on some motorcycles and most cars. But they are a fixed caliper body with one pad fixed so they have all the same disadvantages as mechanical disk brakes.
I think that you're getting your brakes mixed up.
The Hayes Sole sounds like the brake that you're thinking of, it's a single piston hydraulic brake with an inboard pad that needs adjusting with an allen key.
The Stroker has two pistons - one on each side.
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Magura line is double piston, except the top range ,

It has 2 pistons on the same side.

If there are V brake bosses , their Hydro stop is the only hydraulic rim brake..
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Cobba, you're right. I didn't run off and check their product line names for the new models but it IS the Sole that has the one sided caliper.
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