Hayes HMX-02 Mechanical Brake System

2.75/5 (12 Reviews)
MSRP : $75.00


Product Description

The HMX-02 modulates better than any linear pull brake or mechanical disc brake with the new patented caliper design.


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Reviews 1 - 12 (12 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Justin a Weekend Warrior from Greensburg, PA

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2007

Strengths:    They are black and kinda look cool.

Weaknesses:    Where should I start..... they squeak, cut up rotors... total crap, not very strong grip, and very hard and time consuming to adjust and replace pads

Bottom Line:   
Crap. Dont buy them, dont look at them, dont even mumble the name... they will break. They hacked the crap out of my rotor and now its bent and cut.... so.. terrible product. my hands would work better as a caliper than that so-called brake. I'm disgusted.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   none.... but i ordered avid BB7's... worst to the best.

Bike Setup:   Fisher Mullet, Alivio drive train... not the best, but its still workin fine for me...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Steven a Weekend Warrior from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 5, 2005

Strengths:    Stops you good

Weaknesses:    Needs tweaking

Bottom Line:   
Everyone hates mech brakes, and people sure don't like these...WHy...i have no idea... I've been using these with my new bike for the past 2 months and they've been awesome. More than one time I was heading down the street a little too fast behind a car, car brakes suddenly, panic pull on the brakes and i do a nice little skid to avoid getting the face plant in a bumper plate. Holds me completely still on steep for downhilling, so pretty good power for the price. The worst thing about it is the adjustments...Had to file down the mounting block for the rear brake to get it to stop dragging, but works great now. A little sqweeking when i use it on high speeds, but otherwise seems to be awesome, way better than my vbrakes that refused to stop me no matter how hard i pulled.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   V-brakes, cantilever brakes.

Bike Setup:   Stock Ironhorse Warrior Comp.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Trev Roberts a Weekend Warrior from Fort St. John, B.C, Canada

Date Reviewed: June 10, 2005

Strengths:    Decent stopping power, good for XC.

Weaknesses:    Lots of squealing. I've cleaned em, had them checked over at the shop, nothing stops the squealing. I don't find they work too well for urban. Trying to do fufanu's is hard,as they don't want to keep the rear wheel locked. Stock pads wear out very quickly.

Bottom Line:   
If you ride XC, its a good brake, otherwise, go with something else. Not a great brake in my opinion. Waste of time. Avid BB5's or 7's work a heck of a lot better for urban, DJing, and skatepark. Not recommended at all.

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Favorite Trail:   Stinky Panties

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   www.bikeroom.com

Similar Products Used:   Avid Mechanicals

Bike Setup:   2004 P.3, Stance Static 3", DoubleTracks

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Conor a Cross Country Rider from CA

Date Reviewed: May 7, 2005

Strengths:    Price

Weaknesses:    the only thing holding in the pad is a magnet(mine wore out and the pads are loose i.e can get caught on rotor)

Bottom Line:   
these brakes are ok for weekend bikers but if you are taking bikes siriosly you should look into avid discs

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   came on bike


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jake ... a Weekend Warrior from Fredericton Canada

Date Reviewed: May 11, 2004

Strengths:    they can stop you....sorta

Weaknesses:    definately want some sweet brake pads

Bottom Line:   
You want disc brakes.. I would recomend theese, they are strong enough can handle any weather and are good price. and for jumping, hydraulic brakes are just too much money. Theese are simple brakes and work quite well for mechanical

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Favorite Trail:   any northshores, jumps drops...

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   came on specialized P.2

Similar Products Used:   avid mechanicals

Bike Setup:   specialized p.2..all stock

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Phil Martinez a Weekend Warrior from Albuquerque

Date Reviewed: September 4, 2003

Strengths:    THEY STOP! I primarily ride freereide and some trials and some down hill and these breaks do what they are supposed to, they STOP! if you can't stop with these disc's you probably should get off your bike and re-think your existance...

Weaknesses:    they do make a little noise and have to adjust the calipers every few rides, if you are irritaied about the noise it makes, but if you are riding and having a blast the noise should not affect you, it definately does not affect performance...

Bottom Line:   
you buy the breaks, you put 'em on, and you use them all day long... they stop, i have had and used the things for almost every day for 6 months and have had no disc's warp or pads give out, heck in 6 mos i have not even gotten new pads! i would recomend these breaks to anyone who likes awesome break controll and hates the mess and maintanence of hydros...

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Favorite Trail:   la luz

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   stock on the p.2

Similar Products Used:   v-breaks(yuck), XTR hydro disc's(just as noisy, but way more messey), avid hydros(same as xtr's)

Bike Setup:   P.2, all stock except a set of azonic world force handlebars, this bike is one badd ass hardd tail!

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Wes from SJC CA USA

Date Reviewed: June 25, 2003

Strengths:    pretty good braking power. easy to change pads

Weaknesses:    holy skweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek they skwek a lot and are a pain to adjust.

Bottom Line:   
buy a better disk brake it will be a lot better

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   on bike

Similar Products Used:   v brakes and pedal brakes

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse SGS Sport

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by daniel frater a Cross Country Rider from london

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2003

Strengths:    EASY TO FIT, NICE SMOOTH POWERFUL PULL, NICE PRICE, HASSLE FREE AND SLIMLINE - NO STICKY OUT BITS TO SNAP OFF!

Weaknesses:    NEED DECENT LEVERS TO GET FULL BENEFIT

Bottom Line:   
NICE BRAKE, GREAT PRICE FOR WHAT IT DOES, SET UP IS IMPORTANT, NEED RIGHT LEVERS AND CABLES, SOME CHEAPER CABLES STRETCH - CAUSING BRAKES TO LOCK - STOP AND PULL AS GOOD AS ANY OTHER CABLES ON THE MARKET, ALL PRETTY MUCH THE SAME ANY HOW.

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Favorite Trail:   any fast xc

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   jenson

Similar Products Used:   AVID DISC BRAKES, HOPE MINIS

Bike Setup:   VOODOO BIZANGO, XT / XTR G SET , W/ HOPE HUBS ON MAVIC F519 WHEELS, TITEC / WTB EXTRAS.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ian Forrest a Cross Country Rider from Laguna Niguel, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2003

Strengths:    Not as touchy as hydraulic, less maintenence required. All the advantages of hydraulic disc brakes at a mechanical price.

Weaknesses:    I have to adjust the shoes alot so they don't rub on the disc, is somewhat annoying. Takes a few rides for them to really start working.

Bottom Line:   
My first set of disc brakes, and I will never go back to V-brakes. These things are so much better it's unbelievable. Good bet for the money.

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Favorite Trail:   Wood Canyon Wilderness Park and Surrounding So. Orange County Trails

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   The Path Bike Shop, Tustin, CA

Similar Products Used:   V-brakes

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar Sport

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jordan Evans from Bozeman Montana

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2003

Strengths:    No fluids to mess with - cable actuation is simple.

Weaknesses:    Absolutely zero stopping power, easily warped rotors. Difficult to dial in. Plus they will not stop rubbing! Spring on pad also wears out and allows the pad to fall out and get jammed in the rotor, which can cause some *excitement*.

Bottom Line:   
I would never recommend these brakes to anyone - they are absolutely worthless. Spend the extra cash and go hydro. Hayes should never have bothered with cable actuated discs. If I could give fewer chilis, I would.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John Catts a Weekend Warrior from Spring Branch

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2002

Strengths:    Good Stopping power,inexpensive

Weaknesses:    Disc Rubs on the rear..even after break in period and all the adjustments known to man it still rubs a little. Wish the adjustment screw would give more space between the pads and disc rotor.

Bottom Line:   
Good for the price if you can't afford hydros..Wish they were easier to adjust. They stop good haven't had any problems there..No problems with lock up. For the price go for it. Not really for downhillers or freeriders but good for the XC crowd.

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Favorite Trail:   Rockyhill Ranch/Mc Allistar Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   None

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar Sport, XT kit, Manitou x-vert fork, Sun ryno lite rimes on Deore Disc hubs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Putnam a Downhiller from Marblehead

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2002

Strengths:    none. i borrowed a stinky for downhilling and couldn't stop.

Weaknesses:    These things suck. they get hot really quick and then it's all done. there is more arm pump than using v-brakes. there is no modulation. it's either full freewhell or lockup, especially with a rear wheel.

Bottom Line:   
these are horrible. they should never be used. they should never be put on any bike. hayes has such a great hydraulic product i don't know why they even tried to make a mechanical system.

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Favorite Trail:   Lynn Woods

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Bike Setup:   stinky, stock

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