Weaknesses: the brake lever is too far out from the handlebars for my preference and adjusting it doesn't help much because then the lever wants to go inward towards the headtube instead of parallel to the handlebars. i like to brake with just the index fingers and that is not comfortable with this setup
i wouldn't recommend them
Date Reviewed: June 8, 2013
Strengths: I have these things my giant stp1 dj and well...These brakes are sweet;they're nice and quiet, great starters for ppl that ate new to discs, very strong, but I blew a seal after like 2 weeks of riding (about 100miles give or take 5miles over that two week period total) everyday and they got super super soft and so now I have to go get my rear brake bled and the seals replaced which sucks but it happens..
Weaknesses: Nothing... But that minor seal issue... And the brake line has high memory (meaning it is kinda like natural bent to curl) so bar spins are harder
Bike Setup: 2010 Giant stp1. Giant limited edition Swiss rear hub and stock rim with a DMR bikes rear chain ring (in place of deraileur) sad halo front rim with manitou black forks, t-bar 20mm rise DJ bars with botrager earl stem with 1/12 spacer odi pro lock grips and tektro draco brakes
a All Mountain Rider
Date Reviewed: February 8, 2013
Strengths: Price, modulation, uses mineral oil
Weaknesses: Heavy, not easy to adjust; rotors material
Came std with my bike and after few rides was squealing and vibrating....Changed the rotors to clean sweeps and pads to shimano resin; since then is perfect! No squeals, no vibration, lots of power and a very decent modulation....From time to time requires a fine adjustment as pads get worn out. Comparable with many "branded and expensive" brakes...
Strengths: Good modulation and stopping power. Quiet when properly maintained. EASY to bleed.
Weaknesses: Not the lightest brakes. Noisy when the rotors get really hot. Brake alignment can take a few tries. Caliper creep.
These came stock on my hard tail Felt by after a year and a half of mountain riding in AZ, I really like these brakes. So much so that I would buy them aftermarket if I was on a lower budget. These brakes modulate really well and the stopping power is fine. They will squeal when the rotors get extremely hot or dirty, which is easy to during an AZ summer. Other times they're perfectly quiet. The only thing I do to maintain the brake functioning is to soak the pads in isopropyl alcohol for about an hour, periodically. Scrub the gunk off with a toohbrush and reinstall the pads.After this they're really quiet.
Strengths: Inexpensive, good stopping power when they work
Weaknesses: Noise and vibration
These brakes appear to be a decent entry-level Shimano knock-off. They came stock on my 2012 Rockhopper 29er. I was very impressed with them at first, but after a few rides began to experience the dreaded turkey warble on the front brake, which after a few more rides became a violent shudder and extends to the rear brakes. They still work and have good stopping power but the severe vibration negatively affects ride quality and safety, and the noise is just ridiculous. LBS couldn't fix it. New pads made no difference, sanding the rotors and pads and cleaning with alcohol made no difference -- problem came right back within a mile or two. I'm switching to something else.
Date Reviewed: July 2, 2012
Strengths: they work plain and simple , light pull , easy to modulate
Weaknesses: brake squeal
they came O.E. on my 2012 Hardrock . They do what they should with out any drama . name brand weenies won't like them, but they perform .
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: June 26, 2012
Strengths: I don't have to squeeze the levers very hard at all, and I get a response. They work great wet or dry and although I was
hesitant when I chose them, my opinion was instantly reversed. Not noisy either. I just don't have to crush them to really stop. They're just easy and reliable so it's been easier to really cut loose on my new ride.
Weaknesses: I mentioned they're not noisy. Overall they aren't, however in dry conditions, with dust, they do squeak a bit. I actually think this is a bit of a strength because that little noise is assuring to me. I have no idea why. Some of you might not be a fan though.
They were replacements for the brakes that came on my bike, which is a Giant Talon 0 (btw I love that bike too. Wow). It came with Avid Elixer 1's and they were horrible. I could be rolling at 5mph and I'd hit the brakes to the result of a banshee screech and the whole ride would shudder. The second these were installed I was reassured in my stopping power. I'm a big fan, and a really, really good deal for the price. Just awesome.
Date Reviewed: June 20, 2012
Date Reviewed: May 29, 2012
Weaknesses: I have not found any yet.
Came on my new Scott Scale bike. They have worked well so far.
a Weekend Warrior
from south dakota,usa
they came on the bike with a lot of other cheap parts.they already work better than my old magura single pistons ever did. im not saying their the best brakes in the world,but hey,for the price,they work great.
Strengths: cheep. Great all-weather, four-season braking and modulation- especially for the price!
Weaknesses: Bleed-side piston sticks and takes 5-90 seconds of making noise with the rotor to retract away (intermittent). Also, does not permit saying something cool sounding to your buddies like, "yeah, it's a magoorah, so, yeah, it's cool." or "...formula...".
I had this bike thrown together as a quad-trail thrasher/winter commuter and it works. I've ridden brakes that lock with *slightly* less effort, but there isn't a surface on which I can't lock-up on the knobbies with one finger (conti slick on warm, clean pavement is predictably awesome.). Nearly every bump larger than an inch seems to, i don't know, shake the bleeder-side piston out to the rotor for a few to a bunch of seconds of wheel music. I can make the noise seem to go away quicker when I feather it for a couple of rotations until the next bump. There's been some discussion in the forums about this issue being irreparable by anyone without significant metal-shop experience. But still- seventy bucks? Some noise that you only hear if you're taking it easy or on the road is totally worth not seeing ten dollars worth of lumpy metal that cost half of the rent getting all banged and maybe acquired for a drug swap. Love it.
Who shouldn't buy this: financially well off folk who feel dirty and a little bit saddened just looking at anything folex-ey. Who should buy this: people with less than ideal income who demand serous control; winter salt-state commuters concerned with safety and sporty stopping who know that $300 Al erodes nearly as quickly as $70 Al.
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