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Offline firebiker

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Brake Help
« on: May 30, 2011, 11:00:02 PM »
I've been struggling with finding the right brake for the $$$. I can really only spend $300. I've had Juicy 5's for several years and have been unhappy w/ them. I promised to never buy Avid again. That being said I'm being drawn to the Elixir CR for some reason. But so many of the reviews report that they're loud. I know a bunch of you use them and would love some feedback. I've been looking mostly on Pricepoint, Jenson and ProMotive.
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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2011, 11:16:23 PM »
How about a nice set of Magura Julies   ;)

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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011, 08:34:34 AM »
Price point, Hayes stroker grams $99 a side

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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2011, 08:53:15 AM »
Price point, Hayes stroker grams $99 a side

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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2011, 09:01:06 AM »

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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2011, 09:06:27 AM »
I have a set of CRs and couldn't be happier with them in the 4 months I've had them. They have been quiet and have more than enough stopping power for the trails around here. I am coming from Hayes Stroker Rydes (low end of the line) and a set of BB5's and would put the CRs over either of these.

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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2011, 10:42:37 AM »
My Elixir CRs modulate massively better than my Juicy 3's. I don't find mine to be noisy. They'll squawk sometimes if they get wet or dirty but every brake does that I think. 

My Juicy's somehow got a circlip pushed out of place and gave me worlds of trouble. I bled them and worked and cursed at them for a while. Ordered a rebuild kit but while it was shipping I got a deal on some Elixir CRs and put those on instead. The Elixir's are less grabby. Much easier to control a slow technical descent. Stopping power overall seems pretty similar (aka both will dump you into an endo pretty quick if you grab too much). I did fix up my Juicy's and have no problem reusing them at some point in the future if I need to.

The major downside of Avid brakes as I see it is the bleeding procedure. It's a hassle because it's a bottom up bleed (theoretically superior for removing bubbles but PITA). Plus Avid uses DOT brake fluid instead of mineral oil which means you have to be extra careful with it or you'll end up with peeling paint on your bike.

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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2011, 11:28:50 AM »
Give serious thought to BB7's with a good lever like Cane Creek Direct Waves. I don't miss, one bit, the problems of sticking calipers, brake fade on hard descents, bleeding fluid, water in the line, etc.

BB7 allows the independant pad adjustment of both sides - super easy and they are powerful. On my loaded-arse bike with all the bags I have zero trouble bringing my rig to a stop. Just get the best compressionless cable housing you can find and the lever feel is nice.

Sure-sure, they aren't new tech and all bling-blingy.... but they sure do work!

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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #9 on: June 01, 2011, 01:20:30 PM »
Give serious thought to BB7's with a good lever like Cane Creek Direct Waves. I don't miss, one bit, the problems of sticking calipers, brake fade on hard descents, bleeding fluid, water in the line, etc.

BB7 allows the independant pad adjustment of both sides - super easy and they are powerful. On my loaded-arse bike with all the bags I have zero trouble bringing my rig to a stop. Just get the best compressionless cable housing you can find and the lever feel is nice.

Sure-sure, they aren't new tech and all bling-blingy.... but they sure do work!



Brake fade in fla? where?

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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #10 on: June 01, 2011, 04:07:09 PM »
sugar loaf?? :)

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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #11 on: June 01, 2011, 08:05:07 PM »
Rob... I got BB7s on my SS and am amazed at how well they work and your right super simple. I wouldnt hesitate to use them on any ride now. The adjustment takes any hassle out of calipers hanging up. i have the avid levers and new cables and they are comparable to any hydro that ive used so far to include, Juicy 3s , 5s and elixir 5
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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #12 on: June 01, 2011, 08:35:17 PM »
I'd say the BB7 is far superior to the Juicy 3 or 5.  Simply putting a good quality lube on the cable will make a vast difference in the feel.  Lever feel is about as smooth as hydro brakes. 

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Re: Brake Help
« Reply #13 on: June 01, 2011, 09:09:59 PM »
Thanks for the input everybody. I'm still not sure what I'm gonna do but I need to decide soon because I leave for Colorado in 2 weeks.
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