/ MTB Brakes
I have some awful Avid BB-5 Mechanical disc brakes on my bike, I want to buy some hydraulics and am looking at around £150 for the pair. ANyone have an opinion on what would be a good buy.
I'm looking for: easy to adjust, both pads move (not one fixed, one move), do not need much meddling with once set up. Not bothered about weight etc. ta!
the SLX or XT look like good value. I think I have the SLX and they are fine.
I'd go with Shimano. Deore should fit your budget, or spend a bit more and get SLX.
You'll need to check if you need additional adapters to mount on your frame & forks and what max size disks your bike can take (I run 203mm).
Check out Chain Reaction, Wiggle and Merlin for best deals.
There are some nearly new disc brakes in the classifieds at the moment...
Only just switched to a front disc myself, went Avid BB7 and am very impressed.
I'd also get a price off your local bike shop (use them or lose them) - shops often throw in fitting for free.
these seem cheap . . . .??
Well worth looking at: http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/k495/sets.html
These are sets (although you may need rotors too.
For that sort of money, you can't go wrong with a set of Shimano SLX - easy to set-up, and plenty of power.
This place seems to be one of the cheapest sites to buy them, but being Germany will take a few days more to arrive, but they get good reviews over on Bike Radar
I'd go shimano, they require less maintenance. the Avids I have and have had in the past have been a pint in the rear.
> I have some awful Avid BB-5 Mechanical disc brakes on my bike, I want to buy some hydraulics and am looking at around £150 for the pair. ANyone have an opinion on what would be a good buy.
> I'm looking for: easy to adjust, both pads move (not one fixed, one move), do not need much meddling with once set up. Not bothered about weight etc. ta!
Shimano SLX is a good call. But you could buy a set of Deores for £80 and notice a massive difference over your current set.
German-sourced brakes will require a lever swap, obviously - not sure the OP would be fancying that much by the sounds of it.
That slx set I linked to in germany is left front, right rear (I'm strugling to remember what way round they are on my bike)
You can request they switch they levers for you, and more to the point the hoses will need shortening anyway... it's not much hassle really.
Didn't know the German shops would switch them for you. Even more attractive to shop with them now.
You can get a pair of XT for that:
You'll also need the rotors, which will push it slightly over your budget, in which case SLX will be more attractive:
I've got the SLX M666. Which have just the same internals as the XT, but look more agricultural and so are a touch cheaper. I'd go with them. The no-tool reach adjustment is pretty nifty and the performance has been pretty damn good on Garburn Pass coming in to Kentmere and down Walna Scar.
Spend as much money as you can on the best possible brakes, and then try your best not to use them ;-)
Are the SLXs the same or are there two moving pads???
Both pistons move on hydraulic systems including SLX. It is still important to get the rotor centralised to the caliper.
> Not necessarily. I bought a set of XT's to replace a gunged-up (through my own laziness) Hayes HFX's but I kept the Hayes rotors and so far it's been fine. It was just a bit more pernickety gettign the back caliper aligned properly.
And with rotors, the bike already has them, surely I can just use these?
> And with rotors, the bike already has them, surely I can just use these?
Yes you can. They are simple to fit, you'll be fine, there's loads of videos around if you have any problems.
For the record, the br-M666 are the same as far as I can tell, just 675 is the new model number for 2013. Why they can't just say M2013, I don't know. No doubt some marketing guru thought 675 was a much more sellable number!
Generally speaking shimano don't change model numbers unless there's actual changes been made. So if there is a new model no. for the new year it probably means they've done something, even if it's only in the gubbins.
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