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    Mechanical Disc Brakes

    Which mechanical disc brakes do you guys all prefer?
    Me personally
    Hayes HMX-2
    Avid BB-7
    Avid BB-5(not much different besides pads and the adjustion knob)
    The rest all basically suck
    My own personal opinion
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    (out of what i hear on this forum/trails/shops) the bb7s are one of the best peforming mechs you can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtjumper66
    Avid BB-7
    Avid BB-5
    I'm an AVID homer, I have the BB5's but want the BB7's. BB7 > BB5, I <heart> AVID! OK now I got all the sillyness out of the way.
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    Just replaced the Shimano mechanical brakes that came on my bake with Avid BB7 and consider them to be far superiour.

    Great brakes.
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    I just bougth a set of avid bb7's my first discs on ebay 135.00 plus shipping.

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    I have the Hayes Mx-2 that came with the bike. They do the job, but they don't blow me away or anything. If I upgrade it will be to Avid BB7.

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    bb7
    easy to adjust, powerfull enough, maintenance free.

    Be sure to mate them with some good levers/cables. makes all the difference.

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    avid bb7 no question.
    best power, best modulation, best adjustability.
    bb5s would be good budget brakes.

    i'd prefer a good v-brake over all the others..

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    what about the new IRD Dual Bangers?

    they're the only mech that moves both pads, and they look sweet, and all the reviews suggest that they are.

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    BB7 all the way
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    Quote Originally Posted by Josh M
    I have the Hayes Mx-2 that came with the bike. They do the job, but they don't blow me away or anything. If I upgrade it will be to Avid BB7.
    MX-2 too.

    They're cheap OEM brakes. They're not worth purchasing.

    At some point I will be upgrading the front to a Juicy 7 or BB7. I don't care about the back as long as it doesn't drag. I don't use it that much anymore.

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    I have Hayes MX-2's. I just replaced the rear pads yesterday. They still perform good, but i'm still looking for the better brakes....the Avid BB7's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtjumper66
    Which mechanical disc brakes do you guys all prefer?
    Me personally
    Hayes HMX-2
    Avid BB-7
    Avid BB-5(not much different besides pads and the adjustion knob)
    The rest all basically suck
    My own personal opinion
    First off why didn't you search?

    This has only been covered to DEATH.
    Secondly the Hayes HMX-2's SUCK in comparison to the Avid BB7's.

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    Just having disc brakes puts your bike in a completely different league as opposed to pads. Ill take and disc brakes, as long as they work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoF3ar
    Just having disc brakes puts your bike in a completely different league as opposed to pads. Ill take and disc brakes, as long as they work.
    I'd take quality v-brakes over low end discs any day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NoF3ar
    Just having disc brakes puts your bike in a completely different league as opposed to pads. Ill take and disc brakes, as long as they work.
    Funny, I have had several mech discs and would take regular v's any day. Most mechs still suck especially the hayes ones. My gf's techro's (whatever they are) worked signifigantly better.

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    We've got Avid mechanicals on our tandem, and they work great. I took the Hayes off my Cannondale, as they're kinda crappy, and I can get the V brakes to work about as well.

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    I originaly had a Hayes MX2 Dh on the front of my bike and a Kooka on the rear - I've since swapped them over, the Kooka is amazing and may give the BB5 a run for its money.

    They don't appear to have a website - but you can get them here:
    http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...x?ModelID=7869
    The views expressed above are badly thought out and hastley typed. Any spelling or gramatical mistakes, are, their to annoy.

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    I have avid bb7s and they work great. Modulation is good, but not anything to get estatic about. I tried my ride buddy's IRD Dual Bangers with some of those nifty Azonic Cables, and they were amazing. As powerfull as Hayes HFX-9 Brakes, but with much less matinece.

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    I totally agree with you. I switched back to my old trusty xt v's from some hayes mx2's that sucked in comparison.

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    i have hayes mx. Yep there mediocre, but im lookin at the bb5/7 now. How much do they run for?

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    I ride bb5s, I couldn't really tell the difference in breaking with the BB7s, they are just easier to adjust. the hayes mechs are junk. i would take quality v's over them.
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    Meh, all Ive had from v brakes are ****ty stopping power. Also they ware down fast, and I allways have to readjust em. For the most part, Id take any disk brakes over v brakes. Unless maybe your comparing the ****tiest disc brakes vs. the best v brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by never
    I'd take quality v-brakes over low end discs any day.
    Even rainy days.

    I got caught out in the rain today. And I was VERY happy that I had my crappy MX-2s instead of rim brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by harris
    I have avid bb7s and they work great. Modulation is good, but not anything to get estatic about. I tried my ride buddy's IRD Dual Bangers with some of those nifty Azonic Cables, and they were amazing. As powerfull as Hayes HFX-9 Brakes, but with much less matinece.

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