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Brake question: Avid Ultimate or The One?!

ShadownessShadowness Posts: 44
edited March 2008 in MTB buying advice
Enevitably, I will want to upgrade the brakes on my Ransom (Avid 5's). And Im torn between Avid Juicy Ultimates or Formula's The One.
I've heard a lot of good things about The One, and I guess that must be justified in the price!

My question is, if I could afford it, do The One's offer a superior package over the ultimates?


  • gthanggthang Posts: 293
    have a look at April MBUK, big brake review, The One came out top.
  • Yeh ive got it and read it, but the only other Avid they compared it too was the 3 (not including the code).

    I did have an ultimate on my scale, and was very impressed with it. I just wondered how it compared to The One
  • heez29heez29 Posts: 612
    They never compared it to the 3, they must never of put it in because they never felt it was worthy enough.

    I would say go formula, i have the k18 and its just amazing! power feel and so easy to use its unbelievable. pads are easy to take out, bleeding is easy so what more dya want!
  • jstaceyjstacey Posts: 12
    I've gone to ultimate's from 5's, they're eye-popping and I'm 17 and half stone. They came with my enduro and i did have my doubts at the time but no problems from me..
  • jammieeeeejammieeeee Posts: 389
    From what i've heard, the one is a better brake.
  • SplasherSplasher Posts: 1,528
    Chalk and cheese - Juicy Ultimate is a lightweight XC brake, One is a powerful FR/DH brake. I'd say Ones for a Ransom.
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  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    current fed back is that 203mm on the Ones is a bit too much braking.
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  • WarrenpfoWarrenpfo Posts: 54
    Ive just upgraded from Juicy 3`s to The One and all i can say is chalk and cheese. I would never touch a Juicy again ever! This is a personal view as ive only ever had bad experiances with them.

    As for rotor size i run 180 in the front and 160 on the rear and there is more than enough stopping power for the XC that i ride. (all the trail centres and a little down hill to)

    I totally rate formula brakes especially The One and i know they are expensive but worth every penny ide say.

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