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Cable actuated hydraulic brake

Garfy2891Garfy2891 Posts: 4
edited January 2016 in MTB buying advice
Hi,
I am contemplating upgrading my cable pull disc for a hydraulic version. In my hunt for options, I have come across a "cable actuated hydraulic brake", whereupon the reservoir and and cylinder are in the caliper itself and linked by a standard cable to the brake lever.

Has anyone had any experience of these or any thoughts on them please.

Many thanks

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  • kickaxekickaxe Posts: 446
    Garfy2891 wrote:
    Hi,
    I am contemplating upgrading my cable pull disc for a hydraulic version. In my hunt for options, I have come across a "cable actuated hydraulic brake", whereupon the reservoir and and cylinder are in the caliper itself and linked by a standard cable to the brake lever.

    Has anyone had any experience of these or any thoughts on them please.

    Many thanks

    Sounds very Sketchy...

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  • codfathercodfather Posts: 359
    They're more for road and cyclocross than MTB. Drop bar bikes use integrated shifters and brake levers, which was of course fine when all you needed was rim or canti brakes. But the current trend is toward fitting road and CX bikes with disc brakes and since mechanical discs aren't bling enough, everyone wanted hydraulics. Trouble was, this meant buying new levers, which are crazy expensive. Enter TRP and their cable to hydraulic HY/RD. Meant you could keep your existing shifters on a frame suitable for disks and retrofit the caliper. The earlier units were hideously, dangerously unreliable. The newer ones are probably less dangerous, but they're more than a decent set of dedicated hydraulics for anyone using flat bars. All in all, a pointless component in the MTB world and fairly redundant for roadies these days.
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  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    You can get a decent set of Shimano brakes for that (CRC - Alivio sort of level).
    Deore for not a whole lot more.
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  • codfathercodfather Posts: 359
    The fact that the brand in question do not exist outside of Amazon would make me run a mile. If you have rotors, a set of M355s will be more than adequate, if you don't CRC do a bundle on Clarks M2s for slightly less than your link. They won a group test in a magazine a while ago (probably MBR[?]) for brakes under £50 or similar.
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  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 15,247
    They're a pretty much unknown brand. You won't be able to go into your local bike shop to pick up a set of pads and getting a bleed kit may be impossible.
    Get some fully hydraulic Shimano brakes, even the budget ones are really very good.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,601
    Came up as suggested right under the cable ones, and cheaper.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/SHIMANO-BR-BL-M ... C6JEQNW78X

    White are even cheaper than that.
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  • That's fantastic, thanks for the input guys. Your advice has made my mind up. Not going to risk it.
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