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Old 02-14-07, 05:29 PM   #1
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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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Old 02-14-07, 07:45 PM   #2
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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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Old 02-14-07, 07:50 PM   #3
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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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Old 02-14-07, 08:31 PM   #6
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Good solid wheelset, brake power determined by the rider, so simple to use, even a caveman can do it.
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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.
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Good solid wheelset, brake power determined by the rider, so simple to use, even a caveman can do it.
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sick wheels dude!!
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