not the greatest brake, but worlds above the hayes mechanical! if you are on a budget, the avid calipers are the way to go. you won't even need new wheels or levers. do a nice new set of cables and housing though-full housing to the rear.keen said:The reviews have the Avids as a top notch brake. Wondering if for Heavy DH use users find thay have to adjust there brakes a lot ? I currently have Hayes HMX -1's w/ Sintered pads and find I need to fiddle with the brake adjustment after a few runs. Thanx
Not on a budget but like the simplicity of mechanicals. I actually have a set of Juicy 7's and BB7's in the boxes. I purchased the Hydro's because I grew tired of the constant pad adjustments on the Hayes. I am not into big power i'd prefer superior modulation. The Hayes offered great modulation as they have little power output. Decided to go BB7's after I found out the hoses were not the correct length on the Juicys.scrublover said:not the greatest brake, but worlds above the hayes mechanical! if you are on a budget, the avid calipers are the way to go. you won't even need new wheels or levers. do a nice new set of cables and housing though-full housing to the rear.
oh, to be sure, i have no beef with the mechs. i loved mine, and still think they are fine and wonderful things. however, i'm liking the juicys more. i never really had any significant problems with my mechs, and i've had them on 3 bikes for several years now. just thought i'd give the hydros a try. no previous hydro experience at all.Padre said:Money is not an issue for me, and I choose the mech's on all 8 of our bikes.
Best example is: wife and I did a 12 hour downhill race, both of us used mech's. Wife did 11 runs (about 14 min downhill each time) and I did 12 (about 12 minutes) each time. We both used mech's. Neither of our hands got tired. Neither of our brakes failed.
cost? i scored my mags for $100.. all they needed was pads and a bleed.. they looked almost new after i cleaned them up.. you can def find mags for less than $150. just gotta be patient.Padre said:'cause their cost isn't worth any performance increase
"modulation" is an urban myth..
Personally I like to adjust my lever contact point which Haye' does not have.fiddy_ryder said:why not get some used mags...?
Try some shimano hyrdros or the newer high end maguras.Padre said:"modulation" is an urban myth..
BB7's , Haye's mechanicals & Juicys allow for pad contact adjustment along with lever reach. I have never extensivly ridden on Hydro's so I don't know what I am missing or possibly not. I did notice my last 160 Avid's BB7's have a sort of either on or off feeling. My Hayes are pretty smooth but lack power - I couldn't lock a 6" rear under full braking. My main reason for looking @ Hydro's was not having to adjust the brakes constantly during heavy DH use. Power is not my main concern - for whatever reason I have had more problems with more brake than less.fiddy_ryder said:contact point meaning how much lever you need to pull before you get pad contact? i know there is reach adjustment on hayes..