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    Hayes HFX-9 or Avid BB7

    Title really says it all. Whats your preference? Why?

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    Hmm, I would really need to ride my friend's HFX 9 brakes before deciding for sure but I'll take BB7 for cost efficiency for now.

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    Hayes all the way!

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    Bascially Avid BB7's for adjustabiliy, Hayes 9 for power and modulation. It also depends on how much you want to spend on the brake. A Hydraullic brake however will always perform better then a cable disk brake.

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    Hayes....I have looked at the numbers a lot and after buying the levers etc...the bb7 aren't saving any money

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    I would go with the Hayes too. I like Hydro Better. That's just me though.

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    I had a test of the Hayes HFX 9 XC and I believe they have more power and modulation then the BB7, then again the BB7 has more adjustablity, but for me i would go with Hayes.

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    Been offered a good deal on a Kona Caldera is the reason i ask.

    Trying to create a point of reference by using the benchmark of "BB7 are awesome, the best mech disc, period". I'd be happy with anything superior to that.

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    Its kinda hard to answer as I have both myself

    BB7 is cheap, easy to setup, adjust, & maintain

    HFX-9 is hydro which means better stopping power but its one of the WORST hydro disc brakes I have ever seen. They are dam cheap! They are also easy to setup, one of the cheapest hydro disc brake on the market. I have tried the following other hydro disc brake and found them better then HFX-9: Hope Mono Mini, Hope M4, Avid Juicy 7, Shimano XT

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    Quote Originally Posted by achc
    Its kinda hard to answer as I have both myself

    Mini, Hope M4, Avid Juicy 7, Shimano XT
    You get what you pay for. I too would be expecting a heap more better everything for a brake that costs as much as a Juicy 7.

    Hayes 9 is usually a stock OEM brake on bikes up to $2k AUD i've noticed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flak
    Been offered a good deal on a Kona Caldera is the reason i ask.

    Trying to create a point of reference by using the benchmark of "BB7 are awesome, the best mech disc, period". I'd be happy with anything superior to that.
    Haha. I dont personally think you can cross compare a mechanical disk brake to a hydraullic disk brake. Hydraullic will always have better modulation for its design. If the bike comes with Hayes Nine, keep it on there and enjoy the power .

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    I have both and the Hayes are better for long descents(1 or more miles ) by far but both will stop you under normal circumstances and both have good power and modulation. the Hayes need no adjustments but the Avids adjust very easily. they need that because they frequently need minor tweaking if you dont like noisy brakes.the Hayes are stronger but the Avids are good also. I have 3k miles on my o.e. pads for the Hayes that are still in great condition and got just over 1500 on the Avids before they wore out but the Avids broke in quicker.
    flip a coin IMO as they are about the same, price wise, if you need levers and cables.
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    I have both, and I'd say Hayes. Sandwiching the rotor is always better.

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