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I´m trying to convince myself that hydros is the way to go.

My priorities are these:

Lasts a looooong time, don´t need service
Not total crap
Has decent power

I just want to know if anyone of you have had the same hydros for like 2 or 3 years without some kind of problem, no rebuild no sending **** back no nothing, just working for a long time.

At first i was in the market for the most poweful brakes, but it has now shifted to the most reliable/durable brakes that some power.

I was considering formula RX/1/R1/mega, but after reading the the "the one sucks balls thread" I´don´t feel like gambling with formula. Is it unwarranted? I´m also considering old models, well first and foremost older models that are cheaper.

Hope tech v2, good?

Magura julie/louise/marta, where marta seems to be the best one, but I´ve read the julies just goes on and on and on, to be honest for durability, if you guys were not around I´d probably go for Magura.

I just want something I bleed twice a year and then it should work as trouble free as possible for at least 2 full years, as a commuter. I live in Rainland.

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if its for a commuter any magura should just be bolt on and ride for 2 years...shouldn't have to bleed ever if only a commuter...

I've had gustavs, clara, louise, and martas....only problem i've every had with them is clara lever's leaking which magura replaced.....
 

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I know people will flame me...Hayes 9's on my 2005 Kona Dawg Dee-lux. Only time I have had to do anything with them was a screw up on my part...front wheel was out and the brake lever was pumped so much that the pistons came out. Had to bleed, oh and change pads, but that is it in 5 years.

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Formula K24. I replaced the brake fluid when I replaced hose that was too short for new bike. Flushed the front brake while I was at it. Didn't really need to do it if it wasn't for replacing the hose. Just keep an extra set of pads (sintered) nearby as many shops do not stock them.
 

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Disc brakes are "cool" but they are temporamental little *****es if you ask me. Rim brakes are lighter and less complicated.

I've got 2010 Magura Marta SL disc brakes on my ride which I installed this past Spring. Already had a warranty issue with a leaking hose climp.
 

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Rim brakes are not the best then, even with the best pads. I have two sets of Shimano LX hydros (from the time LX was an MTB group). The only thing so far has been that they got draggy when temps dropped to around -20 to -30 Celsius.
 

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2 years? My 2003 dawg came with Shimano Deore hydraulics, and still has them. I rode that bike for 7 years without a single brake problem. I replaced plenty of pads, but never once even bled the system. I considered moving them to my new dawg I bought this year to replace it (cracked the frame on the old one)

Those old shimanos were better than the hayes strokers I have now.
 

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Shimano all the way. My xtrs on my mountain bike have been trouble free ever since I set them up. Keep them clean and you won't have any trouble. My only gripe is that there isn't a drop bar hydro lever so I could use them on my commuter. It's stuck with avid bb7s which imho suck.

I'll give a thumbs down to magura. The louises on the wifes motolite crapped out in a month. heavy leaky *****es.
 

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Hayes 9's for 7 years. Great stuff. They just work.
The older original ones had a set screw that tended to back off for the lever adjustment, but they fixed that a year or two later. The HFX9 carbon's can be found pretty cheap & the lever's stay put. I had to replace one because I busted my lever & it was cheaper to buy the whole setup.
 

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Believe it or not, I've had a set of Avid Juicy 5's on my bike for over two and a half years now without any problems, what so ever. :)
I get about six to eight months out of a set of EBC slintered brake pads clamping down on Alligator Wind Cutter rotors, I bleed them once, after shortening the hoses... other then that they have been trouble free... up until now.
I've noticed the paint on the underside of my rear caliper is dammaged due to a slight fluid leak between the piston and the bore. Rather then try to rebuild them, I have just placed an order for the new Ashima Pancake pistonless brakes, they are a brand new design, and have been delayed several times coming to the market, I can only hope they are as reliable as my lowly Juicy 5's. :thumbsup:
 

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If it's for a commuter, just get some BB7's and go with it. They will last and are powerful.

I think they can be had for $120 with rotors for both front and back.

The only thing you have to do it dial the brake pads down as they wear. It will take you all of 10 sec per brake.
 

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Avid Juicy 7's here. Got them used off of a buddy. I have had them now for 6 years (total of about 3000 FL miles on them) and just changed the hoses and fluid out last year. Before that I only had to bleed the front one time. I am on my 3rd set of pads. They have been trouble free with excellent power. I am running a 185mm front rotor to help with my clydesdale weight. Overall, I really dig them. My new 29'er came with Juicy 3's and they feel just as good as my old set.
 
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