Marinovative Brake Brake System

Marinovative Cheap Trick II

User Reviews (14)

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Michael Bennett   [Dec 05, 2001]
Strength:

Still going...had em since 1996...Great breaks...still work great and they are 5 years old! Good job guys

Breat brakes...have stood the test of time.

Similar Products Used: V brakes and cantis
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5
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5
Brooks Bennett   racer [Dec 28, 1996]

About eight months ago I bought one(1) from my friend at $50 can. which I thought was a great deal. As these brakes have shown me time and time again it was.
Today I purchased a second set for the front. I haven't had a chance to try them out yet, but from previous experience I can tell you:THESE BRAKES KICK ASS. Shimano V brakes
still have ALOT to learn from their forefathers. These brakes are about 1000x better than V brakes or any other imitation.
The moral of my story is this: THESE BRAKES KICK SOME BIG TIME ASS, ARE A GREAT VALUE REGARDLESS OF PRICE. BUY THEM. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPOINTED!!!

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5
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Grand Pooh Bear   Weekend Warrior [Mar 18, 2003]
Strength:

Weight, or lack thereof, stopping power with good modulation

Weakness:

cable button clamp system

I bought mine used, so I did not pay the exorbitant price once asked for them. Are they still made? Anyway, I like the modulation they offer, combined with great stopping power. The big difficulty I have is the "button" that acts as the cable clamp. The tiny little allen screw does not always hold well enough, unless I really torque it down. I have noticed cable slipping through, getting mangled in the process under heavy loads. A slightly beefier screw would probably have worked better. I was (and still am) a weight weenie with my MTB. It was the sacrifice I made to get the lightest brakes available. Is that still the case?

Similar Products Used: STX and Deore DX
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4
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4
J   Cross Country Rider [Mar 25, 2003]
Strength:

Without question, the lightest, simplest, and most trouble-free brakes money can buy.

Weakness:

The only weakness is the small set-screw used in the cable-stop. Marinovative chose to use a standard (not metric) set-screw, so you need to keep a 1/16" allen wrench handy to adjust it.


Any weaknesses you may read relating to the performance of these brakes can be attributed to the use of a less than ideal brake lever matchup. I first used Real levers, which did not provide enough cable pull. This resulted in an extremely mushy feel. Get levers with lots of cable pull and you're all set

If you find someone selling their Marinovatives, buy them. If you don't want them, email me so I can. : )

Similar Products Used: Various Shimano and Avid linear-pull brakes, back in the day, various cantis.
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5
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5
Steve   Cross-Country Rider [Sep 09, 1999]
Strength:

Excellent stopping power

Weakness:

An aluminnum cable stay
broke today.
Brake squeal(maybe it's the KOOLSTOP pads???)

we'll see if i can get it replaced under warrantee

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4
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mike   weekend warrior [Apr 10, 1997]

im selling the cheap tricks i bought last summer
the brakes are in mint condition and do not make any noise like those from that 'Big S' company. im only selling these because i got sick of looking at them.
im asking $80 obo for the set. oh yea, they are red and the pads are like new.
e-mail me with any ?

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4
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James Sheppard   racer [Nov 21, 1996]

I heard great things about these brakes, but I had real trouble mounting them on my Grove Innovations X-frame, a design that would've been great for theses things. I bought them cheap, before V-brakes, but I also had some short-pull dia-compe levers to go with them. Ooops, they don't work worth s--t. As well, the bushing (brass) on one arm was marred when I got it, and modulation was never that great. They are now at the bottom of my tool kit. At least I have a neat water bottle...

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1
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Jon Severson   cross-country rider [Nov 16, 1996]

These are a true mountain biker's brakes. Light, simple, and they work. I've had Marinonvative's for almost 3 years now and wouldn't trade them for Maguras, V-Brakes, disks, or anything. Why?-No slop. V-brakes develope slop with in as little as 2 months of riding.
-No maintence. No oil to change, no shims to buy, no fancy expensive pads (I use ritchey and Mathuaser), No problems.
-Lightweight. With Mathauser pads they weigh about 100grams a pair! This is half the weight of XTR or XT v-brakes.
-Cheap. They did raise the price, but it just dramatically dropped about $10 at the wholesale level. Retail is abou the same as XTR or less.
-Cool looking. Sick of Yellow Judy's that blow their load and V-brakes, these are what you want.
-Colors. While I got simple black, silver, green, red, blue, and other colors are available.In closing, their are only a few companies that make damn fine stuff that you can trust. WTB, Syncros, Halson, Sachs, and Raceface to name a few. Marinovative ranks with those big names in durability though a small company it is. I've ridden other brakes, and these are the best I know. Yeah disks stop better, but if you need that kind of stopping power you need to learn how to control your bike better or learn there is more to this sport than racing downhill races/runs at ski resorts.

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5
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Hong   [Nov 19, 1996]

These brakes are the original linear pull brakes. Marinovative is known for its innovative products (hence the company name), and this brake is one reason why. Back in the days before long pull levers, these brakes provided strong braking, albeit with mushy lever feel. With the introduction of Shimano V's, more linear pull levers are being produced. This new generation of levers gives the Cheap Tricks a new lease on life. Originally selling for around $50, it also gave them a reason to raise their prices, now they go for about $80-90 in stores.
Compared to Shimano, these brakes provide much of the same face-plant inducing power. The subtle differences in construction and design are what sets it apart.
First is the box section of the arms themselves. This provides a very stiff mount for the brake pads. Secondly, the cable entry into the brake arms is very simple, using a half tube and short noodle section. It is easily reversed for left or right entry to suit all types of frames/forks and rider preferences. The half tube section also prevents mud accumulation like the Shimano rubber booties. Shims are provided to hold the pad at any angle and make toe-in and set-up a simple task. With CNC construction and no extraneous pivots and parts, this brake is THE lightweight champ with a total damage of only 135 grams per set with pads. That is lighter than regular cantilever brakes!Power is extreme, modulation is superb. Fit and finish is on par with the best small companies out there. In summation: Light, Powerful, Pretty. (if you got them when they first came out then you can add the words Bargain Price to that list too)

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5
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Chris Svirklys   cross-country rider [Nov 11, 1996]

No, no, not the band, the brake. They where the first before the UV whatever craze. Comes in a really cool waterbottle (yah!). A nice thing
about these brakes is that you can set them up for left or right pull (yah again!). Very easy to set up and they use standard threaded brake
pads (yah, yah!). I've have also seen these brakes used on mutant road bikes (gasp!). They work well (real well) in all sorts of conditions.
The only thing to keep in mind is that you must have a longer pull brake lever. Which of course is no longer a problem thanks to UV
whatever companies. Annnnd lastly the price is in line with anything else out there

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