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greenriver said:
looking to by some new disc brakes any opinion.
There are many "best" brakes depending on your requirements and criteria. Requirements would be how large you are and what you would be requiring the brakes to do (light XC, all mountain, free-ride...) Criteria would be whether you want them light, inexpensive, low maintenance...ect.

Like most things there is not one best of everything brake. What do you do , where do you ride and what are your requirements/preferences (price range weight criteria ect).
 

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greenriver said:
they would be used for xc/trail and i weight 180.
Most or all of the present brakes are good for this kind of stuff. As said before, there is no generic "best". There is the best for you but that depends on your criteria for what a brake is or what it must be. It's a big subject.

Start by reading our FAQ on this page. Browse mailorder sites, LBSs and talk to buddies. Get a feel for what's out there. Then go to mtbr's Product Review section (that's why this site is called Mountain Bike Review) and see what real people say about their brakes. Throw out some highs and lows and take yer pick. It's hard to make a bad choice. Shiggy loves his Avid cable discs, I love my various hydraulics. Everyone else is in there too.

Mike T. (mcm # 717 & FOG)
 

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greenriver said:
they would be used for xc/trail and i weight 180.
Do you value simplicity and want a low cost brake (and don't mind a little more weight or adjusting for pad wear) The Avid mech would fit the bill nicely.

Do you have aspirations of XC racing (or just ride like it) and want light brakes (with reasonable performance and reliability) Either the Hope Mono-Mini or the Magura Marta are very light and both are reliable (the Hope a little more so) but are kind of tedious to install and align (shims and brake mount facing are normally required)

Avid Jucys and Hayes brakes are extremely easy to install (the avid more so) and are reliable stoppers with minimum maintenance requirements. A good value and reasonable (if not ultra-light) weight.

If you want the ultimate performance in an XC brake, the Hope Mono4 quad piston brakes would likely be at (or near) the top of almost anyone's list. It is extremely reliable and maintenance free. But it ain't cheap, and it's not an ultra-light like the MonoMini or Marta (and the installation complexities of a direct mount brake apply.)

And of course there is always Shimano. Their brakes are like everything else they make, they work well. They are not a great deal but not horribly overpriced either and generally (and not so gently sometimes) push you into an all Shimano system. If you like Shimano's new single lever shifting/braking system... they are the no brainer.
 
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