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Confessions of an addict
« on: December 03, 2008, 09:48:21 PM »
As I sit here on the couch searching the web for bike porn strung out on BLING, I came to the realization that I my friend am a BLING addict. Oh I started having suspisions when I had to have the SID World Cup  Anniversary BLING Blue Fork to match the BLING blue pivots and trim on the new BLING Anthem build. Then I come across the new BLING Avid Juicy Ultimates in What else SID Anniversary BLING blue. The fact that I am even considering Avid brakes speaks to the power of my BLING addiction, as I am also a Hayes addict you see and have not seen or HEARD much good about Avid brakes. I must digress, I have Heard Avid brakes, you know that annoying, squealing noise they make. But there they are, in their blue BLINGNESS weighing in at 330 grams(Are you kidding me?)calling to me ;D
O.K. on a serious note, anybody using Avid's? Preferably Ultimates or newer 7's. What are your opinions of these brakes? I am looking at going 160mm on the front and 140mm on the rear. One thing that concerns me is a quote from the Avid website that calls these XC/marathon racing only. Should I take that as a warning they are fragile and will break if I lay the bike down? Or that they lack stopping power for longer decents? Any feed back would be mucho apprecaiato :)

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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008, 10:02:05 PM »
I've been an Avid user for quite some time (various Juicy 7, Juicy Carbon...). Unfortunately it is my policy of never helping out a rider who uses the word "bling" when referring to bikes or bike parts. Sorry...
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Seriously, Avids have been plenty powerful for me (135lbs) in every long descent...

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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008, 10:41:32 PM »
I think Avid just bases usage on rotor size.
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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2008, 06:11:29 AM »
I dumped heavier Hayes for avids three bikes ago and haven't looked back. The new Hayes strokers almost brought me back but I settled for lighter Ultimates. The Maguras almost took me away from avid but I just could not afford  the extra $$$ and didn't want to deal with the problems some talk about when changing new pads or adjust their tire and rotors. I have the 7's on my Reign and Avid ultimates on both of my SS bikes. I haven't had the equaling problems other speak of. Sean and Jonathen mentioned they experienced problems with calipers not going back after braking and therefore may have experienced the squealing noise. I only heard this noise after the dusty 12 hrs of pinelog and bike would rock back and forth slowly. Problem went away after a wash.

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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2008, 06:40:44 AM »
You got it really bad if you get a couple of blue caps for your grill (teeth).   ;D    I would look carefully at the handles on the brake set to make certain that they are not too light and more prone to breaking. I would think the mechanicals should be ok though.
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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2008, 07:23:05 AM »
I am glad that I went away from avid carbons and got a slight bit heavier strokers.  the strokers have performed way better and more consistant than the juicy carbons I had did....the squeak/squel is gone and they are way easier to adjust a level pull setting that is perfect for whomever the rider is.

if you really want to bling them....take the brakes to a powder coat shop and get some custom color...and don't call a store bought fancy color bling - Hayes brakes is the only bike part that I tend to agree with you on...haha (so you better go juicy)

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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2008, 07:36:24 AM »
weight of the rider could make  a big difference on how well the rotors and pull of the brakes feel. Not calling you out or anything
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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2008, 07:38:13 AM »
I am glad that I went away from avid carbons and got a slight bit heavier strokers.  the strokers have performed way better and more consistant than the juicy carbons I had did....the squeak/squel is gone and they are way easier to adjust a level pull setting that is perfect for whomever the rider is.

if you really want to bling them....take the brakes to a powder coat shop and get some custom color...and don't call a store bought fancy color bling - Hayes brakes is the only bike part that I tend to agree with you on...haha (so you better go juicy)

You still want those juicy carbons?

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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2008, 07:58:30 AM »
I have some of those blue ultimates. They work pretty dang well for this fat boy, way better than the Marta SL's I have on my SS. They make a little noise when on them hard, it's not a squeal, more of a whoop noise. Not a big deal to me.
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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2008, 08:44:40 AM »
Good feedback, I guess I need to ride the Ultimates and get a feel for them. The weight savings is huge over the Hayes Strokers at the same price level :)

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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2008, 08:52:39 AM »
Good feedback, I guess I need to ride the Ultimates and get a feel for them. The weight savings is huge over the Hayes Strokers at the same price level :)

You are addicted when you're changing brakes just to shave 50 grams...

Check out the Elixirs- not as light but supposedly more powerful.


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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2008, 08:55:47 AM »
Yeah, it really is about weight other wise I would be all over those new Strokers. I am still looking at the Stroker Grams, only about 15 g's more than the ultimates :) O.K. the first step to a cure is admitting you have an addiction, the Blue is very SEXY TIME :o

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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #12 on: December 04, 2008, 08:59:18 AM »
weight of the rider could make  a big difference on how well the rotors and pull of the brakes feel. Not calling you out or anything
FactorE.....   ;D

The Juicy's worked great....it was the non stop squeek squeek squeek that drove me crazy...if I rode with ear buds in, they were perfect

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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #13 on: December 04, 2008, 09:02:40 AM »
I'm getting a nasty, dieing goose noise from rear Avid Code - need to try some new pads and see if that helps as well as maybe recentering the caliper.
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Re: Confessions of an addict
« Reply #14 on: December 04, 2008, 09:13:43 AM »
http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=425196

Don't know if you saw this or not Bill.  A long read though
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