The Official Brake Review Thread

Discussion in 'The Workshop' started by 07coiler, Sep 1, 2009.

  1. TMS

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    After reading countless reviews I was pretty sold on the SLXs, but after shopping around quite a bit all of the major online retailers had the same model year XTs at a better price so I went with them. After about a month of using them I couldn't be happier.
     
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    I've recently seen the SLX Front and Rear, pre-bled setups going for $89.95 each (choice of F or R) on Chainlove.com
     
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    rojomas A.K.A The Oxx

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    Hayes Prime Pro or Expert

    Has anyone tried the Hayes Prime Pro or Expert?
    I've seen reviews raving about them and a few saying that they're better than the XT's. They say they have the same braking power with no fade and better modulation.
     
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    That is a great deal. I don't know how I've missed it as I check chainlove several times a day.
     
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    I have been riding a set of Prime Pro brakes for a couple months. Just to be clear, I have the model year just before the Crosshair feature came out, but other than that, they are just like the current model AFAIK. I started out with 180/160 rotors and they were too small (would be with any brand) for long descents. Since I am a larger than average clyde, I can make just about any brakeset (used with smaller rotors) squeal once they get heated up. The XT/SLX brakes are no exception, and neither are the Primes. If the descent is long enough and steep enough to have me on the binders, I can make 160 and 180 rotors cry like a baby. Rotor size is critical to eliminating fade and squeal for me no matter what model brake I have used, and that includes XT w/Ice Tech.

    As you know, the modulation on XT/SLX brakes is pretty far toward the on-off end of the spectrum, but for me is just a matter of me adjusting to the way they work. I really like the XT/SLX brakes, and feel the ergonomics are especially good and make one finger braking feel incredibly natural. The Primes are a little less of the on-off type feel. I am getting less than smooth feedback at times, but may need to change pads to either a new set of the same (since I may have glazed them with the smaller rotors), or possibly a different than stock compound. They don't always feel that way, but do occasionally. On long-ish descents, they are actually feel great once they get warmed up with 203 rotors front and rear. For instance, not a peep from them riding McGill a few weeks ago with the larger rotors. Power is there regardless of rotor size.

    As for the ergonomics, they are closer to the goodness that is XT/SLX than they are any Avids I have used. Very natural to use one finger for me, and the adjustments make getting them the way you like them, very quick and easy.
     
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    mpmffitz Farm Freerider

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    Hays Dyno sucks. First ride and lost the modulation on the front, luckily I know how to skid and not burn up the trail.
     
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    What's the newest happening with. Brakes??? I used to love Magura all models but that was 5-10years ago.
     
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    trailninja Going Slideways!!!! Staff Member

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    XTs seem to be popular these days. Really grippy. I like them because they are easy to service.
     
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