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Old 11-17-08, 11:14 AM
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Anyone have experience with Juicy 5's?

I used to have LX hydraulics on my old bike, which i absolutely loved, but the new Rig I got has the BB7's and Im starving for some hydraulics. How are Juicy 5's? I cant really spend much. Is the swap worth it?
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Old 11-17-08, 11:31 AM
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Good brakes for the price. Can't comment on the swap.
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Old 11-17-08, 11:32 AM
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Depending on what type of riding you do it may or may not be. If you ride XC then you don't need them. If you ride more all mountain it could be a good investment but you also could just use bigger rotors with your BB7s. Juicy 5s are great brakes I run them with a pair of 8 inch rotors and I almost never have an issue stopping the bike in a hurry. It also depends a little on your weight as well. Bigger guys need bigger brakes. Basic physics there. I'd say stick with the BB7s, which are excellent brakes, and get a bigger front rotor.
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Old 11-17-08, 11:38 AM
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This is just a question that im curious about, how does a larger rotor help? Just with cooling?

I weigh about 150-160 and I'm on a pretty lightweight bike so i dont need anything to crazy, but i love the buttery smooth pull of hydraulics and their instant response, it really doesnt have too much to do with actuall performance, since I know the BB7 have plenty of power.
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A bigger rotor is farther out from the center of the wheel so the brake can apply a longer force to the rotor because it has a larger moment arm to act about. It works like a pry bar works. The farther out you hold it the less force you need to exert. And it also does help with cooling because the greater surface area dissipates heat better.

It sound like you have a preference for hydraulics and not any kind of performance need for them. That kind of leaves it up to you. Do you want to spend the extra money on an issue of feel?
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Old 11-17-08, 02:04 PM
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Juicy5 > BB7. I ran BB7 stuff for years on several bikes. Swapping everything over, you won't get more power given the same rotor sizes, but you'll have better feel at the lever and the same power with less hand effort. I much, much prefer my Juicy5 setups.

Larger rotors will give you more power and better cooling on longer descents/braking periods.
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Old 11-17-08, 03:07 PM
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Just do like me and go to a front set of juicy 5s and leave the rears mech. Feels a bit odd and looks very ghetto, but it works fine.
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Old 11-17-08, 03:16 PM
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How about elixir's? or any others for under 200?
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Old 11-17-08, 05:18 PM
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Never used Elixirs but I have used some Hayes Strokers Rydes which have a good feel and a lot power.
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Old 11-17-08, 05:32 PM
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Those will be just too powerful for XC, iv read a lot of reviews and they say that when its that strong of a brake there is no in between for locking up and full speed.
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Originally Posted by elf 232 View Post
Those will be just too powerful for XC, iv read a lot of reviews and they say that when its that strong of a brake there is no in between for locking up and full speed.
I would say 'they' are wrong.
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regardless, they are like right at the 200 mark if not over.

I'll probably just get the juicy 5's and save some coin.
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Old 11-17-08, 06:13 PM
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Um I dont know alot about them but here

http://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...+Brake+Oe.aspx
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Originally Posted by elf 232 View Post
regardless, they are like right at the 200 mark if not over.

I'll probably just get the juicy 5's and save some coin.
No, they aren't.
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Old 11-17-08, 06:27 PM
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per pair*
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You can find J5s for sub 80$ per wheel if you look in the correct places.
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Old 11-17-08, 11:38 PM
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Yeah I didn't really know how much the Hayes were. I just knew my friend ran them.
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Mmmmm...lixers nummy. Mine $195pr.
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