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Old 05-24-11, 09:22 AM   #1
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Brake upgrade ADVICE

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
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Old 05-24-11, 09:51 AM   #2
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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.
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Ok cool thanks, what kind of Shimano brakes do you recommend? Thanks
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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.
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alivio m445 hydraulic disc brakes. inexpensive and work fantastic.
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