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What new brakes should i buy?

manc1manc1 Posts: 24
edited October 2008 in MTB buying advice
I have a Specialized Enduro 08 and i am just not happy with the juciy 5 that are on it. i have been looking at hope brakes but i havent a clue what type would be best for me.
Will swap family and friends for a 1993 Klien Attitude.


  • nicklousenicklouse Posts: 50,675 Lives Here
    why are you not happy?

    what are you wanting that makes you think you may find it with the hopes?
    "Do not follow where the path may lead, Go instead where there is no path, and Leave a Trail."
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  • manc1manc1 Posts: 24
    The lever almost touches the bars when braking, i have had new pads and taken it to the shop to let them have a look but they still do it. So i am going to treat my self to a new set of brakes and a friend recommended hope brakes.
    Will swap family and friends for a 1993 Klien Attitude.
  • Bleed them and see

    A lot cheaper!
    Marin Nail Trail with a few modifications...
  • johnsavjohnsav Posts: 775
    sounds like they arent setup right.
    My juicy 5's are wicked
  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    i have used 5s and found them to be ace, i have ultimates at the mo and they fel the same.
  • manc1manc1 Posts: 24
    i had them blead and still the same! mabe it just me? i tryed my mates bike with hope mini's on it and i liked the feel of them.
    Will swap family and friends for a 1993 Klien Attitude.
  • Spider987Spider987 Posts: 189
    by the sounds of it they arent blead right. If there coming all the way to the lever then there is probs air in the system.
  • i have the same problem with my 3's...had them bled 3 times now and after about a week the levers start coming all the way back again.

    i think there must be a leak in the system somewhere, but its a bit of a coincidence that it happens front and back....taking the bike back this weekend as i've only had the bike 2-3 months :(
  • johnsavjohnsav Posts: 775
    i spent some pennies on an avid bleed kit. Certainly improved the feel and firmness of the brakes. fairly simple to use as well
  • DazzzaDazzza Posts: 2,364
    Best brakes by far are formula oro, ive used the three main brands.
    The trouble with having an open mind, of course, is that people will insist on coming along and trying to put things in it.
    Giant Anthem X
  • Yeti575Yeti575 Posts: 291
    Started with 5's, tried 7's then some Hopes but ended up back with the 5's again. Bleed them and keep 'em.
    If it's not a Yeti, it's not worth riding!
  • dav1dav1 Posts: 1,298
    Have you look at the reach adjustment at all?

    My 5s are perfect, levers bite where I have set them to bite. Seems like the reach adjustment screw allows me to have them engage anywhere from right away to at the bar depending on how many turns I put on the screw.

    When I got them to start with they were at the bar which is why I ask if you have adjusted the reach at all.
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  • AnonymousAnonymous Posts: 79,667
    if they are bled properly but regularly fail to bite correctly i would suggest you check to see if both pistons are moving.

    if only one is moving it wont take long before the lever feel reduces. also, make sure both move the same ammount as this will have the same effect on feel.

    even if the bike is new and in fact, especially if the bike is new i would check as bikes are often thrown together as opposed to built correctly.
  • The new 4 piston shimano saint brakes look wicked. Saw them in mbuk and I want some!
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