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Old 05-19-15, 07:46 PM
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Brakes!

Hey I was just wondering if the Shimano BR-M355 brakes are any good? Thanks
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Old 05-19-15, 08:04 PM
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Those are the Shimano Altus which are a very inexpensive model. Are they good? It all depends what kind of riding you are doing. If you are just riding around and/or light trail, then yes they are good. If you are doing serious downhill riding, then you might consider a different model. If you are riding a lot and can spend a bit more, then I would probably won't get anything lower than Shimano SLX.
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Old 05-19-15, 08:07 PM
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Those are the Shimano Altus which are a very inexpensive model. Are they good? It all depends what kind of riding you are doing. If you are just riding around and/or light trail, then yes they are good. If you are doing serious downhill riding, then you might consider a different model. If you are riding a lot and can spend a bit more, then I would probably won't get anything lower than Shimano SLX.
Thank you I would be doing mostly dirt road riding and street riding and going down some casual hills would the brakes fit that? thanks
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Old 05-19-15, 08:38 PM
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Thank you I would be doing mostly dirt road riding and street riding and going down some casual hills would the brakes fit that? thanks
Yes they would work fine for that.
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Old 05-19-15, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by nightvision View Post
Yes they would work fine for that.
Thank you also would the brakes break if I used them a lot? sorry I'm a newb
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Yes they will still stop but as the brake pads and rotor head up, it will take slightly more time to come to a complete stop. I don't think you will have this issue if you are just doing casual riding. What you need to do is make sure you don't get any oil on the rotors and brake pads because then they will slip and not brake properly.

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Old 05-20-15, 04:42 PM
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I've ridden down some pretty fast hills with the wind stinging my eyes at big speeds with some maximum hard long braking at the bottom, rode my bike like a police dog or a grizzly Is right behind me, I've hit my brakes so hard both wheels shudderd and to this day I have never felt or been aware of brake fade in any form or fashion...

My brakes say Shimano BR-M395 not SLX or XT so I guess they are cheap-o's

If I ever get the notion they are not stopping as well as they should then I wash the rotors and wind up with way way more brake than I want.
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If you are riding a lot and can spend a bit more, then I would probably won't get anything lower than Shimano SLX.
If your spending money, would be either looking at Deore M615 or XT either M785 or wait for M8000. SLX seems to have found itself in a no mans position, more expensive then Deore, but not significantly less (spec or price wise) than XT to warranty not spending that little more to get XT.

For the M355 brakes, for cheap brakes, they are great value for money, esp vs other brands
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I'm not sure you'll feel a vast difference in braking between the Altus and a much more expensive set. But better brakesets are easier to set up precisely and correctly, will stay adjusted better, and simply last longer. But even cheap brakes will stop your bike reliably, if you keep them adjusted. What's your time worth, having to fiddle with your brakes more often than you'd like? Or worse, in the middle of a ride?
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