Hayes MX2 mechanical Disc Brake System

3.89/5 (71 Reviews)
MSRP : $42.99


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Product Description

-Mid-range Compact Mechanical
-Forged mono-block caliper
-Forged lever arm
-Progressive Friction material for modulation
-Compatible with all linear pull levers
-5mm allen key inner pad adjustment
-Compatbible with all Hayes brackets


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by David C a Downhiller from Montreal, Quebec, canada

Date Reviewed: May 25, 2011

Strengths:    Braking power very high, low cost, look solid (metal)

Weaknesses:    Weak adjustments, make noise if disk not perfectly aligned/straight, hard to clean and remove the pads.

Bottom Line:   
Well if you are looking to buy a mechanical caliper, only thing you should expect from this one is to lock the wheel whenever you wish... Otherwise, adjustments are a pain in the ass even worst if your disc isn't straight... Make noise when wet (even after a moist ride at the mountain)... I got it stock on my bike, so I will stick with it, as I start downhill a year ago, but definitely looking for Avid BB7 MTB for better adjustments... But it still got some damn good modulation, even in the worst wet muddy conditions... If you can fing one for sale at under $20, it will do the job good.

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Favorite Trail:   Mountain on the Island

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Came stock on bike

Similar Products Used:   Well I have the IH2 version, which is the same as the MX2, but IH is for Iron Horse, so IH2 and MX2 are the same...

Bike Setup:   2006 Gray Iron Horse Yakuza Aniki, 150mm Marzocchi Drop Off 3, X-Fusion Glyde R coil, 8" hayes Disc Brakes, WTB Tires 2.4, SRAM X7 2X8, Truvativ Shiftguide chain guide, FSA Crankset.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by X_er a Weekend Warrior from Newhall, CA

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2009

Strengths:    Easy to dial in and service. NO BLEEDING of a hydro. Awesome power. Nice modulation similar to a good hydro. Excellent for all mountain and x-country . . . my type of riding. These are far better than the Juicy hydros I had.

Weaknesses:    Some squealing/noise after hard use due to heat. But after cooling, noise goes away . . . until the next long/fast decent.


Bottom Line:   
I would highly recommend these brakes . . . for their all-mountain and x-country performance to any body. Their value and performance can't be beat!! Go buy a set and get rid of those hydros.

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Favorite Trail:   Any

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Juicy 7

Bike Setup:   DB Mission 1
XT 8-Speed
Truvativ Fire X GXP Crankset 170mm FIREX
Nashbar Platform/Clipless combo pedals
Mavic Cross Ride Wheelset
Kenda 2.35
Hope Saw-tooth Floating Rotors, 183mm/160mm
KORE Carbon Fiber Stem/Bars/Seat Post
Fox Float RLC 32 140mm
Fox Float R Shock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ecogeek a Cross Country Rider from Calgary, AB, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 29, 2009

Strengths:    V powerful. All nec adjustments - except modulation. No bleed-kits/bleeding required. No bleed caps to lose. No bleed-screws to leak. Light relative to moving hydraulic fluid up the hill. Post mount but came w 51mm IS adapter, so will fit a lot of forks.

Weaknesses:    Too powerful, too fast. In other words, almost zero modulation with clean discs/pads. Even when worn in for some time. If you come from something with more modulation, the MX2s will scare you at least once - if they don't kill you first time you pull the front brake.

Bottom Line:   
Extreme power for mech discs. As mentioned above, these are on my Mrs' bike. However, I've just spent a long time messing with them and testing every aspect of their set-up and performance, so I thought I'd spread the love.
These are more powerful than my Hayes HFX-9 hydraulics. HOWEVER, they have no modulation by comparison. The MX2s are almost binary in their action. As soon as you touch them, they are ON! I nearly sent myself over the bars immediately testing them at about 5mph outside the front door! Obviously, you'd get used to this to some extent and develop finer control, however, it's EASIER to finely control the hydros with their superior modulation. Don't get me wrong, these MX2s are great brakes and fully deserve their rating, but there is more to the picture when you look a little closer.
Bottom line. Great for XC - or commuting. Super stopping power. No need for bigger discs, they'll lock any tire instantly on any terrain. But therein lies the problem. These are potentially DANGEROUS if coming straight from hydraulic discs due to lack of modulation. One serious danger in biking is locking the front wheel whilst it's off the ground and landing on a stopped wheel. These will do it. So, not ideal for jumping, freeride, downhill etc imo.
I'm going to switch her discs to lightweights with less contact area to see if modulation improves. If not, I could deliberately decentre the disc so one pad hits it first, and if that doesn't work, I suppose I could deliberately contaminate a pad with a TINY amount of high-temp grease to increase modulation. May try that on an *old set* of pads when they near the end of their life. Will be throwing them anyway. Can clean discs with isopropyl alcohol. Oh, for those with a squeak problem, the solution is simple. There is such a thing as "Brake Lube" - for automotive use. The name is misleading. You do NOT put it on the pads/discs. It goes *behind* (on back of) the pad at contact points - where piston touches it etc. Will solve the squeaking problem. Don't get any on your pad/disc. If you do, immediately clean v thoroughly with isopropyl alcohol.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Hayes 9 XC Hydraulic.

Bike Setup:   These are on my Mrs' Marin. Came w bike.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by djkyguy a Weekend Warrior from washington

Date Reviewed: July 16, 2009

Strengths:    this break has agood feel. it stops you when you need it. it was very easy to adjust so there was no noise. seems reliable and heavy duity compaired to wimpy hyd.

Weaknesses:    has some sqeaks but nothing terrible. washed my bike and rode around with wet roder and no scream like some say. if it does squeal i wil hold the break on for a bit and let it heat up then it will be silent.

Bottom Line:   
its awesome. is very nice for minor braking while doing wheelies and tkaes a beating. knok on wood....

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   came on the bike!

Bike Setup:   specialized p1 dirt jumper

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Clinton06 a Cross Country Rider from Anchorage, Alaska

Date Reviewed: June 8, 2009

Strengths:    Super Strong for non-hydro brakes. An amzing amount of control. Quality of this product is unmatched.

Weaknesses:    None I can tell,but are not avalible in Bright Yellow =[

Bottom Line:   
I have had these brakes on my '05 for 4 years now and they have never ONCE been less than perfect. Oustanding power, even for a 2 finger pull. I have only had to replace the break pads because I downhill on these(upgraded to an 8in). If your looking to buy, I would recommend these to anyone. Even under extreme punishent, there isint too much fade. These are even better than some lower-to-mid level hydro brakes. I would buy these, and only these, if I was looking to move to disk brakes. This rating is before I switched to 200mm rotors(but 200s kick ass!) Get the wave Rotors. They stop better.

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Favorite Trail:   Powerline Train-to-Bail Out

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $550.00

Purchased At:   The Bicycle Shop

Similar Products Used:   Avid BB7, avid BB5

Bike Setup:   '05 Hardrock Comp Disk Frame, Marzocchi MZ Comp Fork(100mm), Hayes MX-2 (200mm), Specilized Enduro Tires, Shimano Alivio drive train, and A bad-ass mountian biker =]

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TrailX316 a Cross Country Rider from Kanata

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2008

Bottom Line:   
Awesome mech brake, probably the best mech brake. Never tried BB7 so not sure yet. This is an insane mech disc, soo much stopping power and dam does it ever look sick.

I recommend this if you like mech over hydro discs

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rob_X111 a Cross Country Rider from Pontypridd

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2008

Strengths:    Good stopping power for me once set up properly. I weigh 250lbs. Looks good on the bike. Cable set up is good for me, not as powerful as hydros though.

Weaknesses:    None for the price and what their intended use is, XC/trail, not Downhill. If you want to b!tch about the power of them when used on a downhill run, then maybe you should've got DOWNHILL discs and not XC/trail discs. Morons!!!

Bottom Line:   
Use for what their intended use is, XC/trail, not Downhill. If you want to b!tch about the power of them when used on a downhill run, then maybe you should've got DOWNHILL discs and not XC/trail discs. Morons!!!
I'd recommend them

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Favorite Trail:   Twisty singletrack

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   E-Bay

Similar Products Used:   LX V's, Avid Arch Rivals, Maguras

Bike Setup:   GT XCR2000, Pace RC35, wheels!!, Fire XC Pro Tyres

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Zomb1e a Cross Country Rider from St-Petersburg, Russia

Date Reviewed: January 21, 2008

Strengths:    stops well, power is enough for one-finger operating, don't loose power in mud and wet

Weaknesses:    if you ride regullary, you need to adjust them regullary too, some skreaming in wet, heavy

Bottom Line:   
I've used front brake for more than a year, initially with stock 8" rotor - this rotor bends simply and rubs the pads. I change it to 6" wavy rotor and since then have no provlems with my brake. Brake have enough power for one-finger operating when it adjusted correctly, but you need to adjust it regullary. For exemple, after 6 hours in an adventure race in mud conditions I have critical loss of power. Brake pads are quite durable - I've used them for 10 months, and now use BBB ones (seems to be just the same as stock pads, but at smaller price).
4 chili value due to need of regular adjustment, 5 chili overall.

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Favorite Trail:   any single track

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $20.00

Similar Products Used:   V-brakes, Deore mech. disk (sucks)

Bike Setup:   X.7 derailers, triggers, cassete & chain, LX crank, RST Megaan fork, Deore front/XT rear hubs, IRC Mythos tires

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by D. Watson a Weekend Warrior from Sunrise, FL

Date Reviewed: December 12, 2007

Strengths:    Cheap, durable, stop well without locking up & easy to maintain. In my experience they are impervious to mud, dust or any other environmental issues causing brake failure, they are the last thing I worry about on my bike. The metallic grey color compliments my bike well.

Weaknesses:    Cant really complain at this price, when I opened the box I was expecting something of lower quality, greatly suprised. Had to upgrade due to fork setup and these are an improvement to V-brake by far. You must adjust these with an allen key which is probably inferior to more expensive setups that use a knob or are tool-less. They might be slightly heavier than other brakes, but these would be the last upgrade I would worry about if weight was an issue, maybe start with a new frame first!

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking at buying these you are probably moving up from V-brake or are on a budget. If that is the case go ahead and get these, you shouldnt be dissappointed.

I personally wasn't ready to afford/maintain hydraulic brakes and decided to keep it simple. The cable setup has been maintenance free except the occasional pad calibration; I do however like the feel of hydraulic over mechanical at the levers.

I use these in varying conditions bust mostly XC with short but steep drops, they have never let me down or lost braking power.

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Favorite Trail:   Gun trail - Markham Park

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   PricePoint.com

Similar Products Used:   None, these are the first disc brake(s) I have tried.

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar with 8 inch rotor in front and 6 inch rotor in back.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jay N. a Cross Country Rider from California

Date Reviewed: December 7, 2007

Strengths:    Reasonable stopping power, solid enough for a small hardcore ride. and good enough for a longer less aggressive ride. Came stock on my Giant Yukon.

Weaknesses:    Oh man, these brakes kinda suck. No rubber boot on the back to keep dirt and debris out. Cable rubs on housing on my bike, leaving metal shavings caught up inside the housing; which causes cable lock. They heat up way too quickly causing glazing and fading to occur often on demanding trails. Constantly need adjusting. Not squeal, SCREAM in the wet.

Bottom Line:   
These brake calipers arent much to brag about. As i mentioned, good for light everyday riders, not so good for the rammers and jammers like me. Looking at some Avid BB7's for an upgrade.

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Favorite Trail:   anywhere

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Bike rack

Similar Products Used:   Some crappy ProMax on my old mongoose.

Bike Setup:   Really good, upgraded everything, just needs new calipers to be totally done.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Justin a Weekend Warrior from Fremont, CA

Date Reviewed: November 24, 2007

Strengths:    Good braking performance, easy to use and set-up.

Weaknesses:    mechanical brake

Bottom Line:   
Great brakes even though they are mechanical. I havent had any problem with them, and they make short work of stoppies. No complaints here. I will upgrate to hydraulic after these wear out.. i've tasted the hydro fluid and i like it!

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   came with bike


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Doug Clarke from Ridgeway, Ontarrio, Canada

Date Reviewed: October 30, 2007

Strengths:    great stoping power, never had any problems they work great they dont lock up unless you want them too so you dont have to worrie. great for doing wheelies, they feather amazing. best of all under $100 a wheel.

Weaknesses:    my front iner pad adjuster rusted and i lost all adjustment, but was easly resolved with a few emails to hayes suport, i got a brand new break for free with new pads.

Bottom Line:   
for the price of the break its amazing, even with a longer cable they still work amazing. the pads have a really good life span too i got this bike in january and i still have lots of meat on them and i ride just about every day. umm i havent had any problems with the discs warping or bending, mine rub non stop because i like to have my breaks grab farther from the bar and they have no sesitivity adjustment other then tighten the cable, as for noise other then the occasional squeak after reseting and constant rubing due to set up non at all. a few time they have lost power but i either gave the pads and discs a light sanding and they work grat amediatly after or washed with rubing alcohal which makes them squeak for about a week and have bad grab but they do gab better abd better every stop.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came on bike from steves bike shop

Similar Products Used:   v breaks, avid bb5 on 2 differnt friends bikes, didnt like either set

Bike Setup:   giant stp2 w/upgrades: shimano deor hub, chaing guide, chain, long cables going to back for barspins

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sheldon Robertson a Weekend Warrior from Kitchener, Ontario

Date Reviewed: August 10, 2007

Strengths:    Work Great, and after you learn to adjust them they are easy to set up.

Weaknesses:    None really. except maybe you have to tune them often depending on how hard you ride if that counts

Bottom Line:   
They are awesome brakes for someone without i very large budget and look pretty cool too!

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Favorite Trail:   Trussler Dirt Jumps

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Cycle solutions stand at Toronto bike show

Similar Products Used:   mx-1's

Bike Setup:   Norco Rival, Manitou stance flows, deity dirt jump saddle, crank brothers 5050 pedals, Wtb timberwolf 2.5's ODI ruffians.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Nick Lawrence a Cross Country Rider from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 1, 2007

Strengths:    Easy adjustment, sturdy, lots of power when needed, minimal fade when setup right

Weaknesses:    Pads are really soft when they warm up, I had my cable get stuck in between the rotor and the pad one time and now there's a big groove in the retaining pad

Bottom Line:   
Absolutely great for street/trails/light downhill....i have no worries of failure with these babies.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere thats not paved

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Came with bike

Similar Products Used:   v brakes

Bike Setup:   2006 Ironhorse Warrior Team shimano crank wtb rims

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by steve eilsel a Weekend Warrior from vancouver BC

Date Reviewed: July 31, 2007

Strengths:    braking power best mechanical brakes i've ever used

Weaknesses:    little bit hard to get set up but once u have them dialed they r awesome

Bottom Line:   
If u r looking 2 buy a bike with these brakes and are worried about them dont. Best mechanical brakes ever. if u can buy them. they r better than my hayes hfx 9's on my big bike.

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Favorite Trail:   Dirt Merchant

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   05 specalized P.2 stock

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