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Hi,

I am looking to upgrade from my current Hayes HMX 9 front brake. In my price range I have found Hayes Mags 8" and Avid Juicy 5s 6". The wild card being the rotor size differences as I have an almost new V6 rotor that I would use with the Juicy 5s.

I ride aggressive downs, brake late and in bursts, so power is nice. On twisty single track I like modulation.

Last night, in a race training ride, we rode a long downhill and it was the first time I really felt the 9s fading and requiring a lot more force and much more arm pump. Would the Juicys or Mags help with that or is rotor size a greater factor?

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If you like the downhills, I'd say go with the 8 inch Mags as long as they are the newer G2 caliper with the open back. Though I am quite a fan on the Juicys. 8 inch rotors can be had for less than 50 bucks a set.
 

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XSL_WiLL said:
If you like the downhills, I'd say go with the 8 inch Mags as long as they are the newer G2 caliper with the open back. Though I am quite a fan on the Juicys. 8 inch rotors can be had for less than 50 bucks a set.
I'm surprised. I expected you to be a definite Juicy vote. :) The V6 rotor with the Juicys is based on your comments in other posts.

I guess I really have 2 questions, 1) which make is best?, and 2) is an 8" rotor going to improve my riding (is extra cooling & leverage what I need)? My head is spinning with brake info... At least I am not looking to "upgrade" to Tecktro discs ;)

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I personally think that the master cylinders in the Juicy's are a bit better and more durable. But as far as performance goes, they're not far off. The 8 inch rotor really makes quite a difference.
 
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