Hayes MX1 mechanical Disc Brake System

3.29/5 (21 Reviews)
MSRP : $22.49


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Product Description

-Fluidless system uses standard leverm cable and housing
-Adjester barrel for "tool free" easy pad adjustment
-Complete ball bearig system features all rolling elemetns
-Mounting bracket systyem for easy setup and adjustment
-HML Lever sold Separately


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul W a Cross Country Rider from il

Date Reviewed: December 8, 2007

Strengths:    Simple to set up. No mess Easy to adjust. ( Come on it is just cable tension.)

Weaknesses:    Could be stronger but then I do have older rotors which might be the problem.

Bottom Line:   
I got them for free from a friend that runs a bike shop. They stop pretty good. There is better brakes I'm sure but they do the job. So to adjust the inside pad you have to reach through your spokes. Let me think? Ya no kidding there is a wheel there it is not that big of a deal. I have never had any parts sieze or break. And my pads have lasted fine. And if you tune them even close you should be able to adjust using the barrel on your lever. I could complain but they are what they are. If you can get them cheap buy them. Some might work a little better but is it worth the more money if your on a budget. And if you are upgrading then they are better then what you have anyway right. My other bike has rims and I love them for there application. Just as these are good for what they are intended for.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Free I got the hook up

Bike Setup:   Ironhorse. With a little this and a little that.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by james mcfarlane a Downhiller from hull

Date Reviewed: August 7, 2007

Strengths:    look good

Weaknesses:    need alot of maintenace and mine rusted and seized up so now i have 2 get new 1's

Bottom Line:   
there not worth what i paid for them

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Favorite Trail:   dalby black

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   pauls cycles

Similar Products Used:   avid 3's, hayes hydrolic

Bike Setup:   scott g-zero fx with upgraded rear sus and getting new brakes

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Avi Hefets a Weekend Warrior from Israel

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2006

Strengths:    Light weight, simple structure, easy maintenance, easy to replace pads. great stopping power at the 8" rotor setup

Weaknesses:    Tuning is frequently needed - more than I expected. I had some minor quality issues. OEM pads are thin and tend to last quite fast - after 8 months I replaced the rear pads

Bottom Line:   
The MX-1 are simple and that's their main advantage. maintenance and tuning is very easy.
stopping power is great.
fair brakes with fair overall fair performance.

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Favorite Trail:   Teail + freeride

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came on the bike

Bike Setup:   Devinci chilli pepper

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by craze a Weekend Warrior from deland fl

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2006

Strengths:    Strong stopping power. Simple two point adjustment (knob and cable).

Weaknesses:    Adjustment knob is not in the best of places (you have to go through the spokes).

Bottom Line:   
Fine stopping power. Adjustment knob did stick, but all you have to do is remove the center cover on the knob to reveal an allen key slot. Then stick a long enough allen key through the spokes to adjust. This is another set of mech discs I own that people complain is hard to adjust and maintain, which is in fact not true. People can go online to complain, but can't go online to get the instructions.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Promax dsk-400, Tecktro and Promax V brakes.

Bike Setup:   (Fiance's) Schwinn Sidewinder, Altus brake/shifters, Deore Xt front and rear derailleurs, SR Suntour Duro fork, A2Z rear adapter to install the rear disc brake caliper, Nashbar adjustable stem, Syncros Big Box rims, Deore hubs.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dalton Hall a Weekend Warrior from saskatoon sask

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2006

Strengths:    they stop one a dime makes endos easy

Weaknesses:    none yet

Bottom Line:   
good brake good name brand

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Favorite Trail:   your mom

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $125.00

Purchased At:   bike universe

Similar Products Used:   avid bb7

Bike Setup:   norco bush pilot with olmost 1000 dollars in upgrades

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Stephan a Cross Country Rider from Everett, WA, USA

Date Reviewed: July 12, 2006

Strengths:    None

Weaknesses:    Broke an entire arm(braking mechanism) and Stripped 3 sets of brakes(tighening bolts)

Bottom Line:   
If you want to go mech go Avid

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Favorite Trail:   Anything at Galbraith Mt.

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $80.00

Similar Products Used:   Avid Mech Brakes, Hayes 9's

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Opie with a lot of upgrades

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Nate a Cross Country Rider from Duluth, MN

Date Reviewed: July 3, 2006

Strengths:    Pretty Durable, econmic way to step up to disc brakes

Weaknesses:    pad adjustment dials are on inside of caliper which makes them extremely difficult to adjust without taking the wheels off, have owned bike for only 2 months and the pad adjustment dial has seized up on the front brake so brake is no longer adustable....makes braking in front very difficult

Bottom Line:   
pretty durable, but would not recommend if you ride a lot and need to be adjusting your brakes fairly often - adjustment dials are in a horrible spot and can seize up and/or not function at all

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Favorite Trail:   Spirit Mtn.

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Cross Country Sports - Calumet, MI

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel EX6

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Ryan a Racer from Niagara Falls

Date Reviewed: June 28, 2006

Strengths:    Not affected by weather, pads last a long time.

Weaknesses:    Tricky to adjust, pads will often squeal, poor modulation, adjustment knob seized twice on my rear brake, heavy, return spring is too strong causing hand fatigue.

Bottom Line:   
Well, i can't say these brakes are terrible, because they are not, but i can't say that i was extremely happy with them either. Complaints are listed above. I will elaborate on the adjustment knob failure. It happend once. I could not turn the inboard pad adjustment knob. It was warrantied. But, it happened again. Tried to turn the knob. Eventually it just stripped, and turned, while not moving the pad. Without the knob, adjustment on rear brake was limited, and pads needed to be replaced prematurely. Adjustment is very important. With the front, i would start becoming unhappy, but with adjustment, they would feel much better. The closest competition for these brakes is the Avid BB7. The avid is a far supirior product. Quieter, more power, adjustable spring tension, adjustable inboard and outboard pad postion, better lever feel. I simply cannot reccomend the HMX-1 when a similar product outperforms it by such a large margin.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Similar Products Used:   HFX9HD, Avid BB7, HMX2, Shimano XT, Tektro disc, Promax Disc.

Bike Setup:   2002 Giant Rainier

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Harry a Downhiller from Nevada

Date Reviewed: June 21, 2006

Strengths:    These have been great for me and I have riden some tough terrain. The Pads are still the same one's from when I purchased them, but I adjust them after every ride. They still stop on a dime!!!

Weaknesses:    Rotor rubs pad on the front after adjusting but it goes away after a few minutes. They do heat up when really beating on them but this is true for all disk brakes.

Bottom Line:   
This brakeset is definitely worth the money. They can take a beating without a doubt, but make sure to adjust them regularly so as not to warp the disk(same with the Avid BB7). I guess it's one downfall of mechanical brakes but it isn't an issue with me since I take care of my stuff. These are just as easy to adjust as the BB7's also, so don't listen to the nay sayers!!! Ride On!!!

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Favorite Trail:   Fast and Bumpy

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $120.00

Similar Products Used:   Hydro and mechanical(down with hydro, what a mess)

Bike Setup:   Fuel 100 with all XTR components and Crossmax

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by lucas from a pile at the bottom of a hill

Date Reviewed: June 13, 2006

Strengths:    it didn't spontaneously combust...

Weaknesses:    ...didn't spontaneously combust.

Bottom Line:   
The sale of MX1's should be illegal.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Similar Products Used:   sponge on a stick


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon from Chattanooga, TN USA

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2006

Strengths:    Stops the bike pretty well.

Weaknesses:    Does not brake as strong as other mechanicals I have tried. No where near hydraulics. They squeal some.

Bottom Line:   
Good brakes unless you need more power and/or can't stand any squealing. Buy it if you are an aggressive xc rider. Don't buy it if you are a downhiller, you'll probably need more power.

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Favorite Trail:   Whiteface Mtn.

Duration Product Used:   Tested or demo'ed only

Similar Products Used:   Hayes hydraulics, v-brake, other mechanicals

Bike Setup:   This bike was a Trek Bruiser.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lex a Downhiller from Maine

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2006

Strengths:    I ride constantly and have never had a problem with these brakes. No matter how much I punish them they keep working strong. If I had to do it all over again I would buy these brakes without a doubt.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I have not had a problem with these brakes yet, no matter what kind of trail I have taken them down. I have gone through 1 set of pads over 2 years of riding which is great if you ask me. If you start to lose braking power just have them adjusted(or do it yourself if you are able) and they are like new again. For the price of these brakes, I would say they are a great brake for the bucks. I wouldn't change to any other mechanical brake system after what these have gone through.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   XTR hydro(fair but 1 digger and the line snapped and brake fluid got all over everything. Not good for paint or pads.), Avid mechanical(pretty much the same as these but heavier and more expensive).


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Mikey from Las Vegas

Date Reviewed: June 1, 2006

Strengths:    They stop your bike

Weaknesses:    They only stop your bike for 2 weeks before they break.

Bottom Line:   
Do not spend money on this brake set.

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Favorite Trail:   bootleg

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:3
Submitted by alan from edmonton, alberta, canada

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2006

Strengths:    none

Weaknesses:    they broke after a year

Bottom Line:   
they suck

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Cross Country Rider from MO

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2006

Strengths:    This is a very strong and durable brakeset. They work like they should as long as they are adjusted correctly.

Weaknesses:    None yet.

Bottom Line:   
I have worked on my own, and friends bikes since I started mountain biking so I have worked with most brake systems. These are just as easy to adjust as any other brake system. I can't stand these guys who think they know what they are doing, then complain about these brakes. It's not the brakes that are the problem, it's the users... Here is how to adjust these brakes plain and simple:

Make sure black know on rim side of caliper is turned fully counterclockwise so pad is all the way back, same with cable side(take cable right off if you want). Align the rotor in the middle of the rotor opening on the caliper, making sure that it is equal from one end of the caliper to the other. Once this is done you never have to move the caliper again.

Then turn black knob on the rim side of the caliper clockwise until pad is almost touching rotor. Spin the tire to make sure it isn't rubbing, then repeat until it does rub. Once it rubs, back it off one click then spin the tire again to make sure it isn't rubbing. If it rubs then repeat until it does'nt. Then use the cable adjuster on either the caliper or the lever to do the same to the outside pad. With the outside pad you can spin the tire while adjusting(since your hand isn't in the spokes)until pad rubs rotor then back off until it stops rubbing. Quick and easy adjustments.

These guys that complain that these brakes aren't working is because they don't know what they are doing. After the pads start getting smaller you have to adjust both sides again, not just the cable adjustement. It only takes 5 minutes to adjust both wheels once you have done it "right" a few times.

These brakes are GREAT no matter what the other guys(that don't know how to adjust brakes) say.. For as cheap as these are now, they are a great investment...

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $145.00

Purchased At:   Hayes in 2004

Similar Products Used:   xtr hydro and avid bb

Bike Setup:   blur full xtr w/ crossmax

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