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I got a set front and rear in blue for $160 from my LBS and I have to say I was impressed. They came with extra pads and parts and fittings if you need to bleed them. They come in a decent amount of colors and with rotors 160mm , 185mm, and 203mm. They are super easy to adjust and set up. Bleeding is cake since the master cylinder cap is easy to access as well. As far as stopping power they work great. I have a set of Hayes Stroker Ace on my other bike and while the Clarks arent as nice but for 2 piston brakes they stop great. I have no complaints thus far and the bend in the lever is very good for 1 and 2 finger breaking and very comfortable. I know alot of people have been wondering about them. I highly recommend them. Dollar for dollar you can't beat them and they come with a full 2 year warranty.
 

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They were cool for like a day but guess what the hoses suck, the brake bleed fittings are a weird size. The powder coat isnt very durable, the extra fittings they give you are crap, and they are a royal pain in the ass to bleed since there isnt a bleed screw on the master cylinder. These brakes are a joke. I took them off and said the heck with it and ordered a set of Hayes Stroker Trails. Sometimes its better to stick with what you know. If anyone wants my set let me know they can be yours for half price.
 

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Prostreet513 said:
They were cool for like a day but guess what the hoses suck, the brake bleed fittings are a weird size. The powder coat isnt very durable, the extra fittings they give you are crap, and they are a royal pain in the ass to bleed since there isnt a bleed screw on the master cylinder. These brakes are a joke. I took them off and said the heck with it and ordered a set of Hayes Stroker Trails. Sometimes its better to stick with what you know. If anyone wants my set let me know they can be yours for half price.
Sorry to hear they aren't working out for you as I had a cursory interest in these brakes .
Could you elaborate a bit on the quality and the brake hoses ? Very well may prevent some else from making an expensive purchase that they may regret . Thanks .
 

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The lines felt like cheap plastic hoses and they crack very very easily. Not quality at all as you would see with Shimano. Hayes, or Avid. The bleed fittings are huge and an abnormal size which means most bleed kits will not work on it. The threads on the bleed fittings dont seal very well and you can actually draw air into the brake with them. The metal feels very soft and cheap as well. Also the fittings they send to use if you shorten the lines aren't great either and its hard to get a good seal on those as well. I took it to another LBS and he said they had considered buying those brakes but they decided to stick with what brands they knew and used. Also after the brakes heat up they get very squishy. The powercoat is low quality and very thin and will come off extremely easy. They don't work well, the quality of the fit and finish isn't great, they are not easy to bleed, and it over all feels like a very cheap brake. Instead of paying $160-$220 for these F&R you can go on ebay and get a brand new set of Hayes Stroker Trails or Avid Elixirs etc for $150-$200 for front and rear. Shops have their parts in stock or readily available and they are a much safer bet. Hope this helps
 

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Yeah, thanks for the update. Most will just leave it at their typical mtbr initial impressions, and then have too much pride to say they take it back. Looks like they had a good theory, but poor execution. The hoses crack? I'd take them back to the LBS and get your money back.
 

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Yeah, thanks for the update. Most will just leave it at their typical mtbr initial impressions, and then have too much pride to say they take it back. Looks like they had a good theory, but poor execution. The hoses crack? I'd take them back to the LBS and get your money back.
I don't want anyone else to end up buying something based off a good review I wrote and then in reality they ended up failing. This time I happened to be wrong, really wrong. They could have alot of potential but they need to be made with better quality materials and some other small changes. I hate to say it but I think because its a decent looking brake in a wide variety of colors might be its best selling point.
 

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After a week and the brakes are showing signs of advanced wear and tear then yes that would be a warranty issue in my book. I'd first start off asking for a complete refund for faulty product. If denied then start off with the facts.

- Re-powdering of coat all surfaces showing signs of chipping, flaking separating
- New hoses that are not brittle and up to par with industry standards (ie Shimano) with fittings.
- If any of the fittings or bleed ports are mis-threaded then that component also needs full replacement ensuring that the threads are viable.
- Check for a helicoil installed on threaded surfaces. If they are threading directly into the caliper or MC it is most likely a softer material and will end up sticking and fracturing over time.

I'm sure there could be a few others depending upon what your seeing. Just stick to the facts and flat out ask them which sounds more reasonable. A refund or rebuild of a brake system. Let them know you intend on testing the next set in the same way. I'm sure they would rather yield a refund over going through several sets of brakes and bad press or factual reviews online.
 

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Prostreet513,
Have you called about any warrenty claims? If so how was the customer service end of the spectrum? These brakes were talked up by a mountain bike magizine(dirtrag) and maybe "some" of the problems chaulks up to a bad pair.

Anyone else that has purchased these or read about these from various sources please chime in. I'd like to get feedback from multiple points to hopefully weed out "some" issues from possible poor quallity control.
 

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I left a message and they still have yet to call me back. I called J&B their distributor and they gave me a number and I left a message on it too and they never called back. I got these because of that review in dirt rag. It's not just a bad pair the quality is horrible of all the parts and finishes. I just bought a set of hayes and I run them on my other bike as well so I'm sticking to what's safe from now on. Alot of shops arent carrying them because of this stuff as well as my lbs I got them from. All I can say is try at your own risk but if you do use them GET good hoses at least.
 

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Well that's no good. How much time has it been since you left a message with them? I had ordered a set myself, but if this is a set-up prone to failure I might as well return them and shoot for a better and "known" brand. I really want to give this company a shot, but if i'm going to run into these problems, maybe not.
 

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It's been almost a week since I called. It's really up to you if you want to use them or not. You can tell when you get them that the quality of the metal and the hoses isn't really on par with most other brakes out on the market. If you need to bleed them its going to be hard to use a bleed kit from anyone due to the abnormally large size of the bleed fitting and there isn't a bleed screw on the lever. On their video and instructions they show to get the air out of the lever to take off the resevoir cap which can end up being very messy too.

http://www.clarkscycles.com/index.php/html/service/page/how-to-videos
 

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Just recieved mine in the mail. Took forever to get here. I see where you were saying the hoses weak. They are holding the shape they were bent in for packaging. I don't understand how they ship them out. They put both brake boxes in one big box, cool. Both plastic spacers ( the ones that go in between the pads to prevent the piston from over-extending ) in one of the brake boxes, the other had damage to the caliper from the rotor banging up against it. Wasn't too bad, but none the less shouldn't have happened. I hung the brakes from the master cylinder before i left for work. I'm hoping the bends in the lines will stretch out by the time I put them on.
Other than that I'm being optimistic about them. Hopefully they'll work out for me. Prostreet513, I don't know your history with brakes so I'm trying not to be biased with these brakes after your review of them. I've only delt with 3 other sets besides these Clark's.
 

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Just recieved mine in the mail. Took forever to get here. I see where you were saying the hoses weak. They are holding the shape they were bent in for packaging. I don't understand how they ship them out. They put both brake boxes in one big box, cool. Both plastic spacers ( the ones that go in between the pads to prevent the piston from over-extending ) in one of the brake boxes, the other had damage to the caliper from the rotor banging up against it. Wasn't too bad, but none the less shouldn't have happened. I hung the brakes from the master cylinder before i left for work. I'm hoping the bends in the lines will stretch out by the time I put them on.
Other than that I'm being optimistic about them. Hopefully they'll work out for me. Prostreet513, I don't know your history with brakes so I'm trying not to be biased with these brakes after your review of them. I've only delt with 3 other sets besides these Clark's.
I have always been very big on good brakes even in my bmx days. For my road bikes I use Cane Creek SCR-5. For my GT Force Mountain Bike I use Hayes Stroker Ace and for my Haro Sonix I use Hayes Stroker Trails. I've used Avid Code, Shimano Saint, Juicy 7, Hayes Stroker Ryde, and Avid BB7s. I am pretty much the guy most come to to set up their brakes for them. I'm just very picky about how they work. I really hope your set works out. Are you going to cut them down or bleed them? Good luck on the lines being un-kinked just because of how they are.
 

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I have a co-worker who has approx 2 months of riding 2-3 times a week on these brakes. I've asked him a few times how they have been. Every reply has been "Awesome". I've been thinking about getting a pair of these for my next build.

Now I'm not saying you didn't get a bad set, but you probably just got a bad pair. I'd get them warrantied and try them again.
 
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