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    Best brakes?

    I'm just wondering what the best disc brakes are out there for a mounting bike?

    Thanks,
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    Avid Shorty Ultimate.
    Quote Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
    Using a nicer sealed bearing headset vs a $10 set is like throwing a frisbee vs a dodgeball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimlock View Post
    Avid Shorty Ultimate.
    Thanks,
    but only want disc brakes and also dont want hydraulic unles there the best to get.

    Thanks

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    Okiedoke.

    What's your budget? If you're looking for a brakeset under $200, Avid BB7s might be your best bet. If money is no object, take a look at Shimano XTR, Hayes Prime, Avid XX, Avid Code, Magura Marta SL, Formula R1, Hope Race X2 or Hope M4.

    We're going to need a little more information Paul. Every person here will have different experiences in different conditions with different brakes. What kind of riding will you be doing?
    Quote Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
    Using a nicer sealed bearing headset vs a $10 set is like throwing a frisbee vs a dodgeball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grimlock View Post
    Okiedoke.

    What's your budget? If you're looking for a brakeset under $200, Avid BB7s might be your best bet. If money is no object, take a look at Shimano XTR, Hayes Prime, Avid XX, Avid Code, Magura Marta SL, Formula R1, Hope Race X2 or Hope M4.

    We're going to need a little more information Paul. Every person here will have different experiences in different conditions with different brakes. What kind of riding will you be doing?
    Thanks,
    I'm looking at no more than 300.

    I ride in all weather and I ride on roads and paths.

    I do a lot off down hill so need some with very good stopping power.

    Thanks,
    Paul

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    I have Avid Juicy Ultimates. They are awful juicy and the ultimate. I was gonna sell them but not after riding.
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    Does anyone have the Avid Code? I lost mine and now my brakes don't work.

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    ↑ ↑ ↓ ↓ ← → ← → B A, then pull the lever all the way to the bar. It will also start the launch sequence for better starts out of the gate for DH/4x set.
    Quote Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
    Using a nicer sealed bearing headset vs a $10 set is like throwing a frisbee vs a dodgeball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cryptid01 View Post
    Does anyone have the Avid Code? I lost mine and now my brakes don't work.
    I believe it's:

    http://www.retailmenot.com/view/avid...t-hayes-ohwell

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    Quote Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
    Using a nicer sealed bearing headset vs a $10 set is like throwing a frisbee vs a dodgeball.

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    Paul,

    www.pricepoint.com
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    Stay away from ProMax, generally, other than that, you should be OK.

    (BTW, what is a "mounting bike"? I'm pretty sure we all ride mountain bikes here.....)

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    Don't be such a punk, DX. I have fat-finger moments too.

    OP...you won't be able to buy "the best brakes" on your budget. However, you can find some Avid Elixir's, Avid Code's, Hayes Stroker, Shimano XT in your pricerange on eBay.

    I'm leaning toward trying the XT or the Strokers next. I'm tired of the Avid noise issues. Not every bike suffers from it, but my last two hardtails have really amplified the noise.

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    I can hear it now - - imagine Avids on an old Norco VPS Shore. Owwwww.

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    magura makes some darn fine bicycle brakes. they are often overlooked, they shouldn't be.

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    They're nice but not cheap.
    Quote Originally Posted by sp00ki View Post
    Using a nicer sealed bearing headset vs a $10 set is like throwing a frisbee vs a dodgeball.

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    I swear by the avid BB7 mechanicals- in fact I switched over from Hayes hydrolics (MAGs) on my "big" bike. I run the 160s on all my bikes except on my 5"+ travel trail bike I put a 185 on the front. Its all the brake I'll ever need.
    Simple, cheaper, and runs great. I've got 4 bikes with avid BB7s on them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbchess View Post
    Its all the brake I'll ever need.
    That's kind of sad, isn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chelboed View Post
    I'm tired of the Avid noise issues.
    So it's not just me! My XC bike sounds like it has an air horn. I'll clean the rotors, it'll be quiet it for half a ride, and then the air horn comes back. I've tried having the shop adjust the pads, it'll be quiet for half a ride again, and then it's loud again.

    I'd take hydraulics over mechs any day. They're not *that* much more maintenance, and they stop a lot better. Plus you said you ride downhill, and I'd be surprised if any of the downhill guys on here run mechs on their downhill sled.

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    ok, i change my mind. shimano are the best. really, xt are where it's at. dollar for dollar, shimano still makes the best ones, even if not xt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pablosnazzy View Post
    ok, i change my mind. Hayes are the best. really, where it's at. dollar for dollar, Hayes still makes the best ones. . . .
    Now you're talking.

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    Thanks all.

    I've bin reading on the net and on here and most people say hydraulic are the best..

    So, think i'll get Hydraulic disc brakes unless you guys think there crap.. :s

    So, whats best Hydraulic brakes?

    Thanks agan
    Paul

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbchess View Post
    I swear by the avid BB7 mechanicals- in fact I switched over from Hayes hydrolics (MAGs) on my "big" bike. I run the 160s on all my bikes except on my 5"+ travel trail bike I put a 185 on the front. Its all the brake I'll ever need.
    Simple, cheaper, and runs great. I've got 4 bikes with avid BB7s on them.
    Aaaaand if you go to a better hydro, you'll notice even better braking performance in terms of less hand fatigue at the lever, better modulation, etc.

    Going from Hayes Mags to Avid BB7 setup is more of a lateral move.
    I believe the clouds in my coffee more than the weatherman on t.v.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2008paul View Post
    Thanks all.

    I've bin reading on the net and on here and most people say hydraulic are the best..

    So, think i'll get Hydraulic disc brakes unless you guys think there crap.. :s

    So, whats best Hydraulic brakes?

    Thanks agan
    Paul

    Go to you local shop(s) and ride bikes with disc brakes. There you can see what their selection is, and try things to decide for yourself whether or not they're crap.

    See how they feel, and which brands you may like. Then, buy something from those lines that fits your budget. Asking which is best will only get you a huge variety of different opinions. Hayes. Avid. Magura. Formula. Hope. Shimano.
    I believe the clouds in my coffee more than the weatherman on t.v.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dminor View Post
    Now you're talking.
    I'll have to try some strokers on the F-0 so I can give an unbiased opinion

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    +1 for Avid

    Some people swear by mechanical; hydros are fine by me.

    I have Elixr-CR's on a dualie and Juicy 7's on a HT. Both make some noise after creek water treatment but within a few minutes, they quiet down again. Lots of stopping power too. Hayes, Hope, Magura and Shimano XTR are super nice but you're going to shell out some serious extra ducketts.

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