So I got this 2011 Trek Marlin 29r for my graduation gift, entry level I know. I went out yesterday for the first time and the current brakes suck! ( BRAKE DISC TEKTRO NOVELA FRONT/REAR 160MM) A friend recommended Avid Juicy 7's, another guy recommended a brand called Hope. If I go with the Juicy's do I need a special kind or any juicy 7 will do the job? I am slowly going to upgrade this bike, I know it's prolly cheaper to get a new bike but this is my 4th 29r and this is a graduation gift so holds sentimental purpose plus the frame is solid. So any advice on a brake setup that won't break the bank would be awesome.
Also forks, the Suntour fork has to go, whats a good step up? Reba? Thanks guys
juicy's are good brakes, but they have to be bled a lot. if you can, get shimano brakes, they are a bit better. reba is a great fork. another option is the fox F29 if you can find a good used one at a good price.
1+ on the Juicy's being good, but have to be bled a lot I have switched to Hopes M4s on both my 29rs, best brake I have ever used, but they are not cheap, you can get XT or XTR if you shop around for less. The Shimano and Hope can be serviced without a special kit. The Juicy and other Avid's such as Elixirs need a bleed kit with special fittings to bleed. I have a Reba and Fox and happy with both.