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Low cost Shimano hydro Brakes

the_chief15the_chief15 Posts: 64
edited December 2017 in MTB buying advice
I'm looking to get back out on my MTB after a number of years away but i need to replace my brakes, Avid Juicy 3s from 2008. I don't want to spend too much as i'll probably buy a new bike if i get out enough to justify it.

I have seen Shimano M315 and M355 front and rear brakes going for around £35-45, which seems rather cheap but given 10 years of trickle down tech would these provide similar stopping power and modulation as the old juicy 3s which have always been good enough for where and how i ride.

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  • rockmonkeyscrockmonkeysc Posts: 14,774
    Any Shimano brake is a big step up from old Jucy's. I'd go for Deores, I got a pair for £70 and they are absolutely brilliant. Not just good for the money but a great brake.
  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,842
    What he says ^^^^.

    Have a look on eBay. There are always some for sale on there. For example, THIS SET is off a new bike so in perfect condition.
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  • If you want REALLY inexpensive brakes, how about these: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/clarks/brakes ? They are only £20 per set, and all the reviews I've read of them have been positive.
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,795
    I have the Clarks on my commuter, they do need a firm squeeze, but modulation and feel are pretty good and there is nothing wrong with the stopping power, a few sellers on evilbay at £40 for the set delivered.
    Current steed - Whyte T129, 2013 frame, mongrel Revelations, Giant dropper, Stans S1 wheelset. 12, Magura Trail Sport brakes, 1x11. 12.8Kg
  • andy9964andy9964 Posts: 930
    If you want REALLY inexpensive brakes, how about these: http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/clarks/brakes ? They are only £20 per set, and all the reviews I've read of them have been positive.
    I use them too, and very happy after paying £40 for the set including rotors. (fitted to my CAADX commuter after converting to flat bar) The only downside I can think of, is you don't get any olives if you need to shorten the hoses. CRC do sell them for around £5 each
  • swod1swod1 Posts: 1,639
    the shimano deores are ones to look at. I'm putting together a commuter bike out of old hardtail parts and need brakes been looking at them as currently use xts on my mtb which are very good.

    do the lower end shimano brakes still use the old pad style as found some spare pads I bought but never used on my mtb when I swapped to xt brakes.
  • cooldadcooldad Posts: 32,599
    New Deore use the same as SLX and XT.
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