Hayes HMX-1 HD Disc Brake System

3.75/5 (8 Reviews)

Product Description

Fluidless system, uses standard lever,cable and housing Adjuster barrel for "tool free" pad adjustment All-weather brake pads Complete ball bearing system Mounting bracket system for easysetup and adjustment System weight 350 grams

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Reviews 1 - 8 (8 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by chrismayer1971 a Weekend Warrior from Tucson, AZ USA

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2010

Strengths:    LITERALLY stops your ass on a dime!!!

Weaknesses:    needs (pro) tweaking

Bottom Line:   
My brakes were adjusted at the Pro shop when I bought the bike; These beauties came with the bike and work so well, its hard NOT to keep from going endo! Others might cry and whine about these or other brake units being no good, BUT properly adjusted, almost any brake system will stop you well, especially THESE death grippers! If ya wanna stop yer bike, These'll do it!

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Favorite Trail:   ANY and ALL

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $400.00

Purchased At:   Performance Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Tektro

Bike Setup:   Diamondback Response sport

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Matt a Weekend Warrior from Sherwood, AR

Date Reviewed: May 6, 2006

Strengths:    Simple to set up.

Weaknesses:    The inner pad adjuster SUCKS!! It is functional and you don't use it that much, but man is it a pain to adjust for initial setup-- it does work properly however.... They're still easy to set up despite this.

Bottom Line:   
If anyone has complained about these brakes, I don't think they set them up properly--

Once the pad beds in-- they're really strong, and very close to the avids--

Endo's are easy-- Rear tire locks very easily-

NO V-Brakes can even touch these PERIOD! WHAT????

Smooth actuation, quick responding--

VERY Good brakes if you get a deal like I did.

I WOULD Recommend an upgrade to an 8" front rotor if you just have to have your front brake capable of flipping you over the bike at 20 mph- - But is that what good brakes are really supposed to do?? I really don't think they are.

The pad is a technological advancement in itself, as they designed the material for Harley Davidson, and it's a top secret compound..

Do you really need brakes?

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Favorite Trail:   Cut Fat

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   A lot-

Bike Setup:   00' Giant XTC SE2-- Scavenged parts-- Titec Riserbar/stem - cheap wal-mart speedo- tires- seat- Truvativ Crank-- LX front der.- Alivio Rear der.- 30 lbs with cheap a$$ wheels-- 26 lbs with sun ds-2's -- It's light, strong, and fast-- Great frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave from Alexandria, VA

Date Reviewed: January 24, 2006

Strengths:    Awesome power - if adjusted properly
good modulation feel
nice price
strong mechanism and brake body

Weaknesses:    Adjustability - inital mounting and brake pad

Bottom Line:   
Lots of people complain about the noisy squeal these brakes make and I wonder if they adjusted the brakes properly and "broke them in" before submitting their review. Mine made some nose (as most do initally) but that went away after a short time.

These babys can stop with the best of them. Long decents have minimal impact on braking power. and they have an awesome feel fo XC and urban assault.

I have laid the bike down several times on these brakes and have not yet destroyed them. I have however, broken a few brake cables near the clamping area.

These brakes are awesome and quite inexpensive. A great combo for any rider unless you like to cover your skills (or lack of) with the latest flashy product.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   you name it

Bike Setup:   several full suspension and hardtail rigs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Rob a Weekend Warrior from Springfield,ON,Canada

Date Reviewed: August 12, 2005

Strengths:    Good braking power, sleek design, easy to install.

Weaknesses:    pads cracked and fell apart, brakes make very loud irritation sqealing noise without being wet.

Bottom Line:   
The brakes themselves work well but there are alot of problems that occur with them. i suggest buying the avid bb7s. there only a few bucks more and there rated one of the best if not the best mechanical disc brake.

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Favorite Trail:   The One I Made

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   avid bb7 meachanical

Bike Setup:   Iron Horse Warrior Sport w/ Avid BB7 Mechanical 160mm discs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ian a Downhiller from Duluth, Minnesota, United States

Date Reviewed: August 4, 2005

Strengths:    -Excellent Stopping Power
-Doesn't pump up on long, tight, steep, downhill trails like hydraulics
-VERY resistant to fade! By the end of a 20 minute downhill through the woods (on a hardtail, 100mm travel!) they felt like just off the gondola.
-Riding Urban, develops plenty of nose manual torque, trials like power
-Haven't warped a rotor in eight months of riding ; Avid BB7 only lasted two.

Weaknesses:    =Prown to brake chirp/howling
=Must adjust frequently for max power
=Can't be used with QR skewer type axle due to safetly advisory from Hayes. (BONUS POSITIVE: So much braking torque, you could snap your axle!)

Bottom Line:   
I ride urban, a bit of bike trials, and lift accessable downhills. Brakes get a major workout. I've used them 8 months, with no problems. I'm into my third set of brake pads, and the rotor is still within spec, with no warping. These brakes are more badazz than Mr. T.

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Favorite Trail:   "Nameless" Big Sky, MT; Chester Bowl East Bank, Duluth, MN

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $79.00

Purchased At:   Ski Hut, Duluth

Similar Products Used:   Avid BB7 with 203mm rotor. (good stopping power, bad rotor design)
Tektro IO 160mm rotor. (dependable performance)

Bike Setup:   '04 Specialized HardRock SS (single speed!),Marzocchi DirtJumper III 100mm travel,Nokian Tyres, Rohloff Single Speed Chain, Primo Tenderizer Platforms, Bashring, Avid Brake Levers

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Joel a Weekend Warrior from Roseville, California

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2004

Strengths:    Hard to say. They look better than V-Brakes.

Weaknesses:    these brakes are:
and when they work they still are pathetic

Bottom Line:   
Don't buy this brake system. They were included on my P2 so there wasn't much I could do. I have to say that I am very dissapointed in these brakes; franky, the V-Brakes on my dad's XC bike are A LOT better. Bottom Line: If you have a choice, do not get these brakes.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Bob's Cycle Center

Similar Products Used:   None. This is my first Disc Brake system.

Bike Setup:   Specialized P2, E-Thirteen Bashguard, Marzocchi Drop-Off 2 (coming very soon... hopefully)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Lance a Downhiller from California USA

Date Reviewed: February 5, 2004

Strengths:    modulates alright and has pretty good power

Weaknesses:    it broke

Bottom Line:   
My 2003 P.2 came with this brake on the front and it worked great for probly 8-10 months. i'm 190 pounds so i have to clamp down pretty hard on my front brake when i do a stopee. one day i rolled up to do one and SNAP!...... something inside the caliper broke. This wasn't some little spring or something that broke it was a large metal part that snapped. I have never herd of anyone else having this problem so i would still purchase this product. I'm sure Hayes would have warrentied it but i just bought a new Hydrolic.....which is sweeet!

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Favorite Trail:   the one with no uphill

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   hfx-9's, hfx-mags, avid mechanicals

Bike Setup:   Specialized P.2 with DJ3 ect...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by First Last a Weekend Warrior from bubba

Date Reviewed: March 6, 2003

Strengths:    stops fast

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
everything is better

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Favorite Trail:   joey

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $89.00

Purchased At:   cooky world

Similar Products Used:   avids not as good

Bike Setup:   specialized enduro

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