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Haven't been on here in a long time, but I need some help deciding a new set of brakes for my Flux. The set of old Hayes have finally fallen apart. I have no experience with any other set of hydraulics, so any input would be greatly appreciated. I really don't mind a few extra grams or losing a few adjustments on the fly - really just want solid consistent stopping power.
 

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pedal_bob said:
Haven't been on here in a long time, but I need some help deciding a new set of brakes for my Flux. The set of old Hayes have finally fallen apart. I have no experience with any other set of hydraulics, so any input would be greatly appreciated. I really don't mind a few extra grams or losing a few adjustments on the fly - really just want solid consistent stopping power.
I have very limited experience with brakes but I do like what Formula makes. They are very simple and light. Their drawback is price and availability of parts.
 

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I still ride Avid BB7's with new XX rotors and organic pads on my 2008 Flux. This combo is barely over $100 per wheels and is still light. I have done no maintenance to these brakes over the last two years, other than replace the cables and rotors once. There is very little fade. It's so nice not to have to bleed them!
 

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Shimanp XT

Pricepoint has a set of pre-bled xt's for like $160.00. Ive been running em' for 7 years no problems.
 

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Thanks for the advice. I ended up going with a set of Elixir 5's that my LBS gave me a deal on.
 

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Go Shimano

I have ridden them all and Shimano makes the best brakes I have ridden. I have Formula Bianco on one bike and my SLX are better brakes: stronger, better modulation, and nicer levers. The Formula's are nice with no rubbing and do work well. I just like the SLX better...
 

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Magura's?
:) No the elixer 5's were just too much of a pain to keep silent. I can handle a little squealing, but when it comes to throbbing turkey goblin... which comes mid ride, I say no. So the elixers will sit and maybe go on a ss project. I have a theory on the elixer brake cps system being the culprit, but never machined any straight washers to prove my point... it would also require remounting them... not something i'm itching to do either.
So to answer your question... Maguras are my new brake, and I am more than pleased with them. Threw them on before a trip to moab a few weeks ago, and they performed very well, albeit after nearly one hour of bleeding.

Josh

edit: I see you might have been suggesting maguras and not suggesting I sell my maguras to you for $125... my mistake.
 

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I have ridden them all and Shimano makes the best brakes I have ridden. I have Formula Bianco on one bike and my SLX are better brakes: stronger, better modulation, and nicer levers. The Formula's are nice with no rubbing and do work well. I just like the SLX better...
Agreed. After years of using nearly every brand of brake, I now have 2010 Shimano XT. Haven't thought about them in 2 season of riding. Strong, silent, and the modulation just works for me.
 

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Whatever brakes you like, make sure the rotors are perfectly trued. It seems like about 50% of new Avid rotors need to be trued. Most other manufacturers aren't much different. You guys that complain about noise should check your rotors on a truing stand and think about using organic pads. If they still make noise, grill em on the reviews.
 

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Jaybo said:
I have ridden them all and Shimano makes the best brakes I have ridden. I have Formula Bianco on one bike and my SLX are better brakes: stronger, better modulation, and nicer levers. The Formula's are nice with no rubbing and do work well. I just like the SLX better...
I was about to get shimano XT brakes when I built my Flux but I have read that they are not serviceable and parts are non-existent aside from pads... Is this true?
 
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