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    Sub $1000 bike with good brakes

    What is a good sub $1000 bike with decent brakes? A lot of them have the Hayes sole which seem to be crap according to the reviews. I'll even take rim brakes if they are decent. In fact i almost would prefer them. Are the Shimano discs any good?

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    I got avid bb5's on my sub $1000 hardtail. Very happy with them so far. Easy to adjust, and stop my 200lbs frame no worries.

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    My Kona Caldera came with Hayes Nines. It was ~$700.

    They were definitely better than the Soles I had on my Dawg, so I swapped them. I need them more on the FS bike.
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    I have a full Hayes-9 setup and they work great. me=170 lbs bike=30 lbs

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    +1 on the Kona Caldera.

    I've ridden in all conditions on and off road and haven't had any problems. I haven't tried it, but I wouldn't be surprised if I could lock up the front tire on dry pavement if I really hammered on it.
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    Good solid wheelset, brake power determined by the rider, so simple to use, even a caveman can do it.
    The choice of Freds worldwide for the last 5 thousand years.

    "Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey

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    If you want rim brakes, you could look for something with Avid single digits - I dig mine, super easy to set up and tons of grab.
    Weather today: Hot. Humid. Potholes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chipcom
    Good solid wheelset, brake power determined by the rider, so simple to use, even a caveman can do it.
    The choice of Freds worldwide for the last 5 thousand years.

    sick wheels dude!!

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