Strengths: they are fairly light compare to the BB7 set up i had for years, i have the newest 2012 ones, they are very nice brakes if you get them at a good price . great power . good for mild DH , plenty enough to XC. they would lock up the wheels instantly if you want them to. it actually amazes me how good the modulation is. lever action is smooth, returns well. overall a very solid brake set.
Weaknesses: IMO almost too much modulation , out of the box the lever has a bit much travel then i expected, and its lacking that extra firm feel , maybe bleeding would get rid of the extra long lever travel and soft lever.
i payed $120 for a brand new set F&R without rotors or adapter, so i can not complaint. they are just very decent brakes, i dont experience any problems others have, maybe hayes has already improved them. they function just flawless , id recommand to anyone
Strengths: - braking power
-great price' nothing can beat it on this price
Weaknesses: none so far
i love it' if you are thinking on new brakes around this price get it, its the best you can get!
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: May 20, 2012
Strengths: - Great Stopping Power
- Perfect Modulation
- Look sexy
Weaknesses: - None so far
Perfect modulation and stopping power, even in the toughest conditions. I have been taking them out a few times to Fruita (Colorado's MTB heaven) and this who know Fruita know it's the ultimate brake test. I upgraded from the Stroker Ryde's to the Trails and it's a major difference. The Trail's are amazing value for money and I can't think of an better brake for the same price than these. I have experience with Avid and Hope but I've always gone back to Hayes.
a Weekend Warrior
from Spokane, WA
Date Reviewed: September 30, 2011
Strengths: When they worked, they would stop my bike.
Weaknesses: Lack of modulation and reliability.
These were my first set of disc brakes that came stalk on a bike. They gave me problems from day one, which I assumed was just the price of having disc brakes. I couldn't seem to get them to stop rubbing on the rotor. After repeated trips to the shop, Hayes decided to rebuild them. In the month it took Hayes to rebuild them I decided I'd had enough and purchased a pair of Avid Elixir CR's. The difference was night and day and I realized how much my Hayes just sucked. When I received the rebuilt brakes, I put them in the garage for the next two years until I received a new bike frame. Wanting to save a little money, I decided to put the rebuilt Hayes on the new bike. Again, they were very fussy and gave me grief with rotor rub. After a short time, the rear brake started to fade so I took them in for a bleed. I was told that the master-cylinder needed replacing, so I replaced it. Two rides later, the rear brake stopped working. Back to the bike shop. This time the bike shop contacted Hayes and sent the brake off. Hayes reported that the rear brake line had been destroyed, even though I had just purchased the rear brake line specifically for the new bike and it had less than a few hundred miles on it with no damage to it. My LBS reported a difficult time dealing with Hayes and after six weeks, they sent the brakes back with a new brake line that they begrudgingly paid for.
Bottom line: These brakes didn't work all that well on the rare day they were working - sticky levers and lack of modulation. My bikes have spent way too many days out of commission as a result of this inferior product. Although I know people who have these same brakes and are OK with them, my experience (both with the brakes and with Hayes customer service) keeps me from recommending them.
Similar Products Used: Shimano XT and Avid Elixir CR's.
a Weekend Warrior
from central square
Date Reviewed: September 4, 2011
Strengths: everything, power, modulation, reliable and easy to bleed.
Weaknesses: none except hard to center maybe?
these brakes perform alot better than some very expensive brakes. they feel great, have almost no brake fade, powerfull, grrrrrreat looking, RELIABLE and cheap. what more could you really ask for in a brake?? i would HIGHLY reccomend this brake to anyone!!!
Similar Products Used: shimano saint, shimano slx, hayes mx4, avid(terrrrrrible!!)
Bike Setup: 2011 giant reign 1, fox 36talas rlc fork, slx drivetrain, nevegal tirs, saint brakes
a Weekend Warrior
from Boston, MA
Date Reviewed: August 22, 2011
Strengths: Lite, smooth lever action, modulates well, powerful, looks good, low profile design, good price.
Weaknesses: interferes a little with the positioning of my X9 shifters, longer lever reach.
I went with the Hayes Stroker because I had three sets of HFX 9 brakes over the years and never had a problem with any of them. So far these prove to be well built, powerful and solid. I'm confident they'll last me many seasons
Similar Products Used: Avid Elixers, Hayes HFX, Shimano XTs
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Butcher, Fox RP23 shock, X9, Domain 318 fork, Transition Rev. wheels, WTB tires, Fizik saddle, Thomson post and stem, Race Face Atlas FR bar.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: August 18, 2011
Weaknesses: Not much adjustment.
Purchased with a used bike and thought the brakes sacked..... but replaced the rotors and pads and they're really good! Even modulation and steady power throughout. I wouldn't race them but more than adequate for typical XC riding.
a Cross Country Rider
from Golden, CO
Date Reviewed: August 9, 2011
Strengths: good power, white color, easy reach adjustment, kit I bought came with parts to shorten brake line.
Weaknesses: you have to pull lever for about 1.5 cm before any engagement, has a more on/off feel, there is modulation but it is little and it takes a minute to get used to, but I am still breaking mine in so it could get better.
For the price you cannot beat the performance and looks. It is pretty light too. I am happy with my purchase, would buy again. The line that came on mine was super long so I had to shorten and my brake came with the extra parts to do so, which was nice. I was also able to shorten the line without having to re-bleed, which was very nice, just don't spill any fluid. Replacing pads is also a snap. I think after mine is properly broken in I will really enjoy it. I currently just have the rear, but I will defiantly get the front in the future. 5 chilies for great value, 4 chilies overall because on the dead pull before engagement. I bought because I needed a brake and just wanted to get riding again, don't buy if you can afford better.
Strengths: Excellent Stopping Power.
Nice feel and great modulation.
I have bigger hands and they are very comfy:)
Easy to clean and maintain (change pads)
No fad even after bombing down a hill on a 40lb bike and 240lb rider.
Weaknesses: Makes a funny noise when once in a while...Almost like a makes a squeak and sucking sound together...Not a huge deal but I ride through my town alot and when I come to a stoppie or something they make a gay noise...not a big deal but ya know, wish it didn't happen...tried to clean tighten and adjust it out but it still happens.
Really sweet Brakes. Very powerful and easy to maintain. No problems and very safe. They give me so much confidence if I get on another bike I might forget I don't have the same power I almost kill myself. I would recommend them especially for $75/wheel. (Pricepoint.com)
Changed to 203mm Front Rotor and EBC pad. As soon as I did this the rod coming from the piston snapped and the outer pad fell out. Rebuilt the caliper and before my first ride on it the same rod snapped again. Brake fade during long decent.
I bought my gf a Cannondale Trail 6 last year and the Tektro mech brakes really stink on there, I cannot get the rear brake to stop squealing and it is turning her off.
I was looking at options to upgrade her and my top 2 priorities are:
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i didn't want to make a dup thread so i provided a link to my issues in the event someone has an idea or experienced thought i'd appreciated it.
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I'm curious of everyone's comparison of the two. There's not much of a weight difference. And the Strokers I could get front and rear for the price of one Prime. Do the Primes offer a much better feel and stopping power?
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I have a set of the Hayes stroker trails. I find the bolts at the clamp to be really soft and they have rounded out so I can't tighten them with an Allen Key any more. Will the Tie bolts from the gram kit work with the trails?Read More »