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clarksonclarkson Posts: 1,641
edited December 2007 in MTB buying advice
im after some new brakes for my Gt to replace my awful formula b4's. i'd love some magura martas and am very very close to buying them, but cant afford really.

does anyone have any other suggestions that are similar in performance or just nice to behold and use thats slightly cheaper? ive been thinking of some 07 juicy carbons or somehing like that. or some hope minis. im just not sure!
I said hit the brakes not the tree!!

2006 Specialized Enduro Expert
http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/3192886/

2008 Custom Merlin Malt 4
http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2962222/

2008 GT Avalanche Expert
http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/3453980/

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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 81,520 Lives Here
    get the formulas serviced?

    for new good brakes the Formula Oros have been putting the juicys to shame for 2007.

    A well maintained set of B4's should be ok. (not the best but Awful is not a word i would use).
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  • clarksonclarkson Posts: 1,641
    well, it did fade badly last time they were heavily used. but my bikes also going on a diet and whilst i want to replace them for something more powerful, also something lighter.
    I said hit the brakes not the tree!!

    2006 Specialized Enduro Expert
    http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/3192886/

    2008 Custom Merlin Malt 4
    http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2962222/

    2008 GT Avalanche Expert
    http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/3453980/
  • SplasherSplasher Posts: 1,528
    When was the last time you changed the fluid in the B4s?

    Anyway, a whacky plan to make Martas affordable: buy a front post mount RH lever and a front IS LH lever from here http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/Mode ... elID=20748

    Then buy some Magura hose for £17 and a rear post to IS160 adapter for another £5. Swap the IS caliper to the hose on the RH lever and fit to the front. Fit the post mount caliper to the LH lever using a new length of hose cut to length for your frame and fit to the rear.

    Hey presto, a pair of Martas for £162. :wink:
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  • clarksonclarkson Posts: 1,641
    only a few months ago.

    hmm a nice i dea splasher. might give it a try!! :D
    I said hit the brakes not the tree!!

    2006 Specialized Enduro Expert
    http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/3192886/

    2008 Custom Merlin Malt 4
    http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/2962222/

    2008 GT Avalanche Expert
    http://www.pinkbike.com/photo/3453980/
  • SplasherSplasher Posts: 1,528
    LOL, if you do you'll know how to bleed them by the end :D
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