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Recommend me an hydraulic brake disc system...

ramonzarateramonzarate Posts: 122
edited March 2008 in MTB buying advice
for around £100 ish( bit of upwards movement for the right brake)

160mm discs

front and back

been researching the usual suspects and having no luck

censored is hurting on this chair so ill throw the floor open to the experts. :wink:


  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Shimano Deore, or LX in the sales.
  • ramonzarateramonzarate Posts: 122
    got rid of the Soles that came as stock and liked the look of the stroker trails or hfx 9s,they no good?

    then i wouldnt have to change the discs.

    like the look of those lx and xt mind.
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    yeah, the R Soles are a bit long in the tooth now, been surpassed by all other hydro brakes. Deore are simple, easy to fit and bleed, good modulation. Dont lnow too much about the Strokers, except a few forum riders rate them highly.
  • ramonzarateramonzarate Posts: 122
    xt on merlin for £109 without the rotors :wink:

    would the hayes rotors damage the xt brakes as they are not completely round but have the mudcutter shape?
  • supersonicsupersonic Posts: 82,708 Lives Here
    Maybe, maybe not - depends on hopw deep the pads/rotors are. Best to use ones you know will work
  • tujbxtujbx Posts: 19
    I managed to get a full XTR setup with dual control levers, callipers, and rotors, all sealed and bled ready to just bolt on the bike for £100 quid second hand on ebay. They have been great, worth havin a look see whats there?
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    i have used:

    shimano m535
    hayes hfx 9
    magura julies
    shimano xt
    formula oro

    my fave by far are the shimano m535. they are pretty cheap to buy, when fitted with sintered pads (a must do upgrade in my opinion) are plenty powerful and easy to bleed and maintain.
  • ramonzarateramonzarate Posts: 122
    cheers lads

    i do like the look at those m535s sheepsteeth and if you prefer them out of that list then thats a decent endorsement.
  • gthanggthang Posts: 293
    get a copy of April MBUK, massive review of brakes! formula oro k18 came up tops.
  • Steve_b77Steve_b77 Posts: 1,680
    I have Deore hydros on my HT with 160mm rotors and they're great for general Xc kinda stuf flike fire roads and lighter single track, I paid about £45 per end from Dave Hindes in northwich, they do mail order too.

    On my FS I have Hayes Stroker Ryde, with 203mm rotor up front and 180mm out back. They are fantastic brakes and haven't let me down once in all sorts of crappy wet conditions. Dead short bed in period and real nice lever feel.

    They're not as slimline in looks as the Deores but then again they're very tough and have survived a couple of brake lever - forest floor interfaces :D
  • ramonzarateramonzarate Posts: 122
    cheers steve i think its a toss up between those 2 to be honest.
  • ramonzarateramonzarate Posts: 122
    found some 2007 XT on merlin with all the bits i need for £125?

    sounds a good deal?
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    sounds like a very good deal, the only reason i rated the m535 above the xt ( i am running xt on my stumpy) is because they are a tad cheaper and offer the same performance.

    definately get sintered pads (i use ebc gold) and swap the front rotor for a 180 and proper shimano brake size adapter (not a cheap aftermarket thing) and you will be very pleased i am sure.

    that is how i run my xt's and they are silent in the wet and offer millions of power, even though i am 19 stone!!
  • ramonzarateramonzarate Posts: 122
    stroker trails or those xt.straight choice between the 2.

    ill have a think about it on the weekend then decide when merlin reopens monday ill take the plunge.

    then decide how to get them under the radar of the wife(along with the RS Revelations i ordered last night after having a drink :oops: :D )

    cheers lads for the info
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