Remember that Brake question I posted about the Juicy's, like you I have had great success with Hayes so I went with the Stroker Grams. Enter Murphys law
I had a fight getting the Front brake to see eye to eye with me. So there I am thinking why did'nt I give those Ultimates a chance
Yesterday I got my second ride on the Grams at Boyette and thy are BRILLIANT, but it took a little patience. Had I given up, it could have resulted in one of those bashing reviews posted on MTBR. So I will start your list, A+ on Hayes Stroker Brakes, A+ on Mavic Crossmax wheels(that should start a debate, but yesterday I rember thinking as I ripped up a transition on the Abyss almost thru my turn that these wheels are too fast
) A+ on my Mavic 717 Hope pro 2 wheel set, light, fast and very durable. I think a lot of that has to do with the build quality, these were built by Abner of Links cycle works, Abner builds a great wheel!
I hear a lot of praise heaped on the I9's but have seen nothing but problems from both hub and spoke failure from fellow riders, that throws up a red flag to me considering the $ they comand, but others swear by them so ther ya go