Hayes HMX-1 Disc Brake System

3.67/5 (145 Reviews)
MSRP : $70.00


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Product Description

Unique to the industry, the Hayes HMX-1 uses all rolling elements which gives you stopping control at any speed. This brake modulates better than any linear pull brake or other mechanical disc brake. Disc Brake Weight (6") 340 grams (Brake & Rotor). Incl


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jimjam05 a Weekend Warrior from mobile ala

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2010

Strengths:    they are discs however they squeel when they need tweeking

Weaknesses:    the oil plug falls out leaving you without braking abilities and the service sucks as no one carries the parts the manufacture is AWOL as well

Bottom Line:   
The disc brakes by Hayes in ht e100 series which is not listed stink I do not think disc rakes are for mountain bikes due to the weakening of the rims and I hope someone could tell me where to get parts and if there is a video to show how to bleed and repair these brakes without the use of a factory plug that will just fall out again leaving me withuot brakes and an oily handlebar.

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Favorite Trail:   usa campus

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $1500.00

Purchased At:   bike shop

Similar Products Used:   no similar productr used cannnot imagine one with a worse design for safety the plug in ht eHayes 100 disc brakes should be a tapped and screwed in bleeder plug not a loose pop out or fall out plug.

Bike Setup:   not sure it is a mountain bike that is for sure. Purchased for city use I would not use it on a trail as the disc brakes make the rims weak and they bend easy which is amazing to me considering it is a mountai bikeI spent a good bit of money on. A marin I would have been better as far as mountain biking goes with a single gear beat up fat tired rusty Schwinn

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by c-v-tich a Cross Country Rider from Croatia

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2008

Strengths:    they stop you

Weaknesses:    require too much maintenance - every other ride, they fade very fast - incredibly fast

Bottom Line:   
initialy they worked good but after several months needed maintenace every 3 to 4 rides, when the pad contact screw unscrews moving the pad away frm the disc you're left with 20% of the original power in the midlle of the ride - could be quite unpleasent

the brakes are ok for recreational XC rides, anything more - no

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   BB7, HFX 9 HD, Juicy 5, Louise FR

Bike Setup:   FR hardtail, 5" fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by yomamaphat a Weekend Warrior from Wyoming

Date Reviewed: December 14, 2007

Strengths:    Reliability. Never had to adjust except when installing.

Weaknesses:    None.

Bottom Line:   
Hasn't failed me in 2 years. I've ridden with brakes on down very steep and long hills and the stopping power is always plenty. It's no trouble to lock up the front wheel. Hydraulics have a much nicer feel but I'm not comparing these to hydraulics. Can't really assess value rating since I didn't pay for them, free is always 5 chilis.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Friend gave it to me.

Similar Products Used:   Many V-Brakes. Have ridden with hydraulics, but not much.

Bike Setup:   2000 Stumpjumper FSR, 4" front shock (Crappy Marzocchi EXR Comp) - The Hayes HMX-1 is just in the front. I have good machined Avid levers.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by William a Weekend Warrior from honolulu

Date Reviewed: October 29, 2006

Strengths:    they are good in dry conditions

Weaknesses:    squealing, rotors warp too easy, and on slight downhills they loose the grip of the rotor due to overheating and make a god awfull noise. Also the calipers are near imposible to adjust after the system is only a year old.

Bottom Line:   
If you can afford a better set of brakes I would not even look at these ones.they are crap for anything but gentle trail and city riding.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $1.00

Purchased At:   came with my bike

Similar Products Used:   none but saving up for a set of avids as I hear the adjustability is great with them.

Bike Setup:   2003giant iguana disc stock

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Nevin Rallis a Cross Country Rider from Windham, Maine, USA

Date Reviewed: May 22, 2006

Strengths:    They stop if you take care of them

Weaknesses:    rotors bend easily. Stock break pads wore down amaizingly quick. Takes a bit for them to clean themselves after getting wet or muddy during a ride.

Bottom Line:   
These brakes have worked for three years. I have just ridden with my slightly bent rotors and the performance is just as good. The original hayes brake pads are a joke. The replacement pads I got have lasted twice as long. They do take a lot of maintenance though. I haven't had any problems with the squeaking. A semi reliable product.

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Favorite Trail:   Bradbury Mountain

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   stock parts

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Leader 626S with XT cranks and rear deraileur, Cane creek AD-12 rear shock, manitou mintue 3.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jason Jackett a Weekend Warrior from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2006

Strengths:    They have good stopping power when adjusted properly and must be kept clean.

Weaknesses:    Well, to start, my Front Mx-1 caliper snapped in half horizontally. They have to be adjusted a lot, and they don't work at all with dirt on the discs. The inside knob adjustment sticks a lot, and you still need to use an allan key to turn it, unlike Avids.

Bottom Line:   
Not worth getting. If you're interested in a mechanical disc brake, definately get the Avid BB7! FAR superior in every way. Or a V brake would be better.

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Favorite Trail:   connaught

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Sarich's Source for Sports

Similar Products Used:   Avid bb7, Hayes Mx-2, Hayes HFX 9.

Bike Setup:   Trek Bruiser 2 with all kinds of new components.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by FT_Critical from Australia

Date Reviewed: March 12, 2006

Strengths:    Pretty simple design

Weaknesses:    Poor design

Bottom Line:   
I use this to commute about 30 km per day, on a paved track, but the bike picks up a lot of grime. If you were up for adjusting these things all the time, then fine they are pretty simple. But, I find that as soon as you have ridden in the rain or mud, they are totally out of alignment. The pads rub, the rotors seem to bend, they sqweek after any sort of muck gets in.
Overall, unless you are prepared to constantly maintain them, I think they are really poor.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   ultegra, v-brakes

Bike Setup:   trek 4900

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Hagar 17 a Weekend Warrior from Victoria BC

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2006

Strengths:    Simple - lightweight - easy pad replacement - no more brake worn rims - cheap

Weaknesses:    Stopping power - adjustments - always mucking with cables etc

Bottom Line:   
Ok brakes but fade too fast and do not stop as well as hydraulics - For any serious steep downhill or a heavy rider who rides a lot - skip these - not worth the hassles!

Good with a new set of pads but after a few riders begins to suck again. can barely lock brakes on slightly used pads...

I heard Avid Mechanicals are good...

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Favorite Trail:   Mt Zouhalem

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   Magura hydraulic rims brakes are much better

Bike Setup:   Brodie Diablo FS

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jess DeBortole a Downhiller from Bellingham, WA. USA

Date Reviewed: February 2, 2006

Strengths:    great stopping for "low end" brakes... really great for urban assults.... minimal pad wear...

Weaknesses:    noise... calabration problems...

Bottom Line:   
This is the brake system for the disc brake beginer or the mainly street rider... i dont recomend for you crazy ass downhill hardcores....

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Favorite Trail:   Galbraith Mt. (THE WHOLE MT!!!)

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $850.00

Purchased At:   Fanatik Bike Co.

Similar Products Used:   V-brakes...front discs on my old schwinn from target hahaha!...

Bike Setup:   2006 Felt Double-Shot hardtail w/ lots of customs...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris a Cross Country Rider from South Cackalacky

Date Reviewed: November 19, 2005

Strengths:    Simpler than hydralics, works with any levers, much better stopping power than rim brakes, no worries about mud.

Weaknesses:    Noisy.

Bottom Line:   
I got these because:
1) I wanted to keep the special levers I already have (Delta Barends), and...
2) I didn't want to deal with the mess, hassle and difficulties of a hydraulic system.

Yes, I knew they aren't as powerfull as hydros, for the reason that hydraulics provide a greater mechanical advantage This is a matter of physics, not quality. however, I'm a 170 pound recreational cross country rider and they work excellent for me. If you weigh 200+ pounds and/or scream down hills at 70 mph, go hydro, by all means.

As to whether they are unusually tricky to install/adjust or not, I can't say, having had no other DBs top compare them with. But after a little practice I found them pretty easy. I guess it's like anything "new", you just need to practice.

They are a bit noisy though, that I will agree totally with. While I rarely get any real squeal, they are certainly not as quiet as rim brakes. Sort of a loud "shshshsh" sound. I have read other posts saying that switching to different aftermarket pads improve this brake's performance, but none of these nice people have seen fit to name names.

But to anyone looking for good, inexpensive, easy to use discs, I would completely recommend these brakes.

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Favorite Trail:   anything scenic

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   Got them as a Christmas gift

Similar Products Used:   None, unless you count V-brakes. These are my first discs.

Bike Setup:   Rocky Mtn. "Reaper", RockShox Air Judy SL, Shimano XT, just about everything else is Cane Creek.

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Yang Zhao a Weekend Warrior from BC

Date Reviewed: August 8, 2005

Strengths:    Decent mechanical disk system to start with

Weaknesses:    Tons of calibration and failure problems (although I seem to be a special case)

Bottom Line:   
It came on the Sasquatch. The front caliper and mounting bracket was installed with shims. Nevertheless, it worked well until this season when my aggressiveness increased with confidence.

The front adjuster knob is now completely sized up, both front and rear calipers need frequent recalibrations (shims and seized adjuster knob make these difficult), and doesn't stay calibrated for long enough (I've had to recalibrate between trails a few times). Ended up stripping one of bolt-holes on the front mounting bracket due to over-torquing.

It's served me well for a season and a bit, but I'm looking into replacing them with Avids.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Bike Setup:   '03 Norco Sasquatch with shifters and brake levers replaced

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Johndrow a Cross Country Rider from Richmond, VA

Date Reviewed: July 19, 2005

Strengths:    Great power, low maintenance

Weaknesses:    setup was a little tricky

Bottom Line:   
It took a little while to get them dialed in- another adjustment screw for the outside pad would make it a lot easier than having to loosen the mounting bolts and sliding the brake assembly. Once setup correctly, though, I haven't had a bit of trouble, they stop great and the pads last forever. Take your wheels off to avoid getting any overspray on the rotors when lubing your drivetrain, etc. If any grease gets on the pads, you will have problems. I use an automotive disc brake cleaner and it works fine. I've also heard of people using a propane torch to burn the grease out of the pads-something I'll try next time they get gunked.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $59.00

Purchased At:   Jenson

Similar Products Used:   V-brakes


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ryan a Cross Country Rider from Rochester, NY USA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2005

Strengths:    Strong braking power for entry level mechanical brakes. Easy to install and keep adjusted. Grab well enough for XC riding, see no need for hydraulic.

Weaknesses:    Stock pads just fail when they wear to certain point, they loose their grabbing power. No real warning. Aftermarket pads added (not Hayes) grab awesome.

Bottom Line:   
Good disc brakes, especially for the price. If you can get them for under $100 for F/R go for it, they work great.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $99.00

Purchased At:   online

Bike Setup:   GF Sugar 2+ - XT Hubs

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Joshua a Racer from Atlanta

Date Reviewed: June 29, 2005

Strengths:    Inexpensive, light weight, moderate power

Weaknesses:    Pad placement knob can get stuck and back brake lost all power after 8 months.

Bottom Line:   
I got these OE at a sale on JensonUSA. These are great brakes in the entry level disc arena. Their power is very good if you have some Avid speed dial levers. However, there is no pad adjustment knob for the outside pad and the pad adjuster for the inside pad gets stuck at the outermost setting and takes muscle to unjam it. Another problem was that after 8 months or so the back brake lost all of its power and was not usable. The pads were not really even worn! After replacing the pads they worked fine. I would recomend them if you can get them for under $50 a wheel. If you can't, just get some Avids.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $35.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   Avid Mechanical

Bike Setup:   2004 Specialized Stumpjumper M4

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Bill a Cross Country Rider from Santa Cruz, Ca

Date Reviewed: June 24, 2005

Strengths:    Since I have used them for 5 years and have been very happy with them. They were the lightest brake when I bought them and I could use my exsiting XTR levers.

Weaknesses:    Yhe will squeak at times.

Bottom Line:   
Work very well for the price. Have lasted 5 year no problems.

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Favorite Trail:   Saratoga Gap

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $135.00

Purchased At:   Robinsons Wheel Works

Bike Setup:   Ventana El Saltamontes, XTR grouppo, Rock Shock SID, Fox Float R, Mavix Rims...

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