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    Potential Brake Upgrade?

    So I have some not so great Promax Orange brakes on my Cannandale Trail SL4 29er and want to know what a worthwhile brake upgrade would be if it would be worth it at all.

    Right now Im looking at the BB7's as a mechanical option for about $90 with levers, calipers, and new rotors, or Shimano Deore as a hydraulic option for about $140 for levers and calipers.

    Are either of these options worth it or should I focus my funds elsewhere? Also, which option would you suggest or are there any others in the price range that would serve me better.

    Thanks

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    The SLX is the major upgrade and will work with many rotors. Basically the same as the XT so anything you read about either in the Brake section will be useful. Very powerful. If your bike has a Suntour fork you could upgrade that for the same price and your need for strong brakes would diminish quite a bit. A RockShox XC 32 is 154 at Bluesky.

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    I've already upgraded the fork to a recon gold. I don't really need anything super, I'm a pretty light xc rider so super stopping power isn't really necessary

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    +1 for Shimano SLX brakes. I installed them in my Epic / 2011 . Very good modulation and very strong breaking !. Faultless too.

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    I'd still go SLX. They will go with you to your next bike at no future cost.

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    xt with icetech rotors if you can spring for em!

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    Shimano for sure, all the 2012 stuff is being priced to move online right now as well.

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    I don't really need anything too spectacular, like I said I'm a pretty light XC rider. I also don't really want to spend a ton for brakes on this bike since I'm not sure if its really worth it.

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    What is the problem with the brakes? Maybe a new set of pads or a bleed would help.Are the promax's mechcanical or hydro's, if they are mech then you could use your levers and save some $ I think you could find a better price on the BB7'S ,have you checked E-bay?

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    Those Promax brakes are garbage. Either of the options you have listed would be an improvement. BB7s are solid but take more frequent maintenance (very simple pad adjustments) while the Deore (or upgraded SLX) brakes will self adjust for pad wear but if they need to be bled it is more involved then a cable brake like the BB7s. After three years of very hard use, I finally bled my XT brakes this year; I would recommend learning to do it yourself and doing it once a year even though I haven't done it on my bike.

    If I were buying brakes, I would buy the hydros but there isn't anything wrong with buying the best cable brake available.
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