Hayes HMX-1 Disc Brake System

DESCRIPTION

Unique to the industry, the Hayes HMX-1 uses all rolling elements which gives you stopping control at any speed. This brake modulates better than any linear pull brake or other mechanical disc brake. Disc Brake Weight (6") 340 grams (Brake & Rotor). Incl

USER REVIEWS

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[Sep 10, 2010]
jimjam05
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

they are discs however they squeel when they need tweeking

Weakness:

the oil plug falls out leaving you without braking abilities and the service sucks as no one carries the parts the manufacture is AWOL as well

The disc brakes by Hayes in ht e100 series which is not listed stink I do not think disc rakes are for mountain bikes due to the weakening of the rims and I hope someone could tell me where to get parts and if there is a video to show how to bleed and repair these brakes without the use of a factory plug that will just fall out again leaving me withuot brakes and an oily handlebar.

Similar Products Used:

no similar productr used cannnot imagine one with a worse design for safety the plug in ht eHayes 100 disc brakes should be a tapped and screwed in bleeder plug not a loose pop out or fall out plug.

[Jul 22, 2008]
c-v-tich
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

they stop you

Weakness:

require too much maintenance - every other ride, they fade very fast - incredibly fast

initialy they worked good but after several months needed maintenace every 3 to 4 rides, when the pad contact screw unscrews moving the pad away frm the disc you're left with 20% of the original power in the midlle of the ride - could be quite unpleasent

the brakes are ok for recreational XC rides, anything more - no

Similar Products Used:

BB7, HFX 9 HD, Juicy 5, Louise FR

[Jul 10, 2003]
Les
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

Easy adjustment, but that is only because they are post mount and you have to use an adapter if you have the 74mm standard disc mount.

Weakness:

These brakes suck. Their performance is little better than a crappy rim brake. A pair of XTR V-Brakes could kick these one's ass any day of the week.

THE TEKTRO V-BRAKES WORK BETTER THAN THESE DISCS!!! They're crap. Have a horrible feel. I WOULD FEEL JUST AS SAFE RIDING WITH NO BRAKES AT ALL. And yes they were set up right. My advice... either go with some XTR/XT/LX or Avid mechanicals, or go hydraulic.

Similar Products Used:

Koski Brake Lite Pro... Rim brakes that are twice as good as these. Deore V-Brakes and Tektro V-Brakes. Formula Evoluzione and Shimano XT Hydraulic discs on my other bike are ridiculously better.

[Jul 07, 2003]
Lance L.
Cross Country Rider

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

Disk Brake, stopping power. Simple to install.

Weakness:

Modulation is difficult. Lots of movement.

I have not fully broken in these yet, however, another reviewer says they showed impressive stopping power the first time out. I am not a mechanic. They were easy to setup but modulation is a *itch. I sit home and set them up just right and am very careful not to hit anything when I put the wheel on. Every time I put the wheel on the brakes are scraping the rotor or aren't where I left them. I am sure to tighten everything but I would definitely recommend these to mechanics and no one else. If they give you any trouble you are out of luck unless you have a lot of know how. I can't even lock up my front tire and have way less stopping power than the Avid Arch rivals. Probably nice brakes but surely not user friendly. I'm going for the Avid Mechs for dummies.

Similar Products Used:

Avid arch rival, V brakes.

[Jun 20, 2003]
Chris
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Strength:

stopping power and just knowing your riding with discs underneath you

Weakness:

Loud, adjustments (cannot find a setting that works), durability

I've ridden my bike about half a dozen times the last couple of weeks and find that I have to adjust the brakes after every ride. The front brake is always squeaking just enough to annoy the hell of out me and the back is always catching and depriving me of speed. I was looking to buy a decent beginners bike and upgrade the hell out of it but now I have to buy $ new brakes that actually work and don't need as much maintenance.

Similar Products Used:

none

[May 29, 2003]
Scott
Downhiller

OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

These brakes came stock on my 03 Norco Sasquatch...the 8" rotors look great, and yes..they do work well and stop much better than v brakes, break in faster than avids..now read on for weakness

Weakness:

On my 02 Iguana I have Avid 7" rotors, and compaired to Avids these hayes are Crap...for starters...they have ALOT of rotor flex and always make a metalic clinging sound when i turn, 2nd they are always chirping and squeaking, 3rd the pad adjustments are Crap compaired to avids, i cant get the pads to not drag on the rotors, 4th they are SO noisy compaired to Avids, and the lever feel, is pretty much the same

Go with Avids, MUCH better brake!

Similar Products Used:

Avid Ball bearing Disk Brakes 7"

[Dec 09, 2001]
Edvine Mallari
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Strength:

uses same pads as hydraulic, has good stopping power, hassle free, dont have to mess up with hydraulic mineral oil, get to use the same levers, and it actually gets stronger when forced with mud and water

Weakness:

The squealing of the pads

good braking power for half the weight and price of hydraulic brakes, actually became stronger when forced with mud and water. ( I learned the hard way)
My friends bought the shimano mechanical brakes and had not enough power when the brakes got wet.I accidentally knew after washing the bike from a trip all I was expecting is that the brakes would not have enough power to stop me so I squeezed the front brake as I was about to put the bike back in, the next thing I know I was lying on the ground with the bike. I was lucky to get these brakes on my bike.

[Mar 02, 2006]
Hagar 17
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
2
Strength:

Simple - lightweight - easy pad replacement - no more brake worn rims - cheap

Weakness:

Stopping power - adjustments - always mucking with cables etc

Ok brakes but fade too fast and do not stop as well as hydraulics - For any serious steep downhill or a heavy rider who rides a lot - skip these - not worth the hassles!

Good with a new set of pads but after a few riders begins to suck again. can barely lock brakes on slightly used pads...

I heard Avid Mechanicals are good...

Similar Products Used:

Magura hydraulic rims brakes are much better

[Nov 18, 2002]
Todd
Weekend Warrior

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Strength:

Decent power for mech disc brakes
ez to set up

Weakness:

new pads make a little noise for the first couple rides
COST OF PADS

Good mech disc brakes with decent power but if you wan't more stopping power get Avids, or Hayes hydros. Hardcore DH and FR people may need more power but good for anything else!

[Mar 08, 2002]
Sindross

OVERALL
RATING
1
VALUE
RATING
1
Strength:

not much...

Weakness:

It blew on me.

You know the turning part that the cable hookes up to. Well turns out that's a piece of sh*t. Instead of having a spiral gear to push the pads. Its 3 teeth that turns 3 bearings... Those 3 teeth s*ck a$$ DON'T BUY HMX-1!!!!

I'm going to post a picture soon. Look for Sindross Blown HMX-1 under bike shots...

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