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    Best brakes for a 300lbs guy?

    Anyone have a short list of their top choices?

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    Shimano's with 203mm rotors.

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    shimano saint F/R with 203/180mm rotors.

    just kidding. you can use any brake setup using 203/180mm rotors which will slow you down fairly well.

    i only mentioned the saints because they use a sequential caliper piston action (first two pistons clamp and then the secondary smaller two pistons clamp for more power).

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    Bigger rotor will give you more stopping power. So regardless of brand or model go with 203mm(8"). Now I use the 2011 Avid Codes. They have amazing strength and modulation. i'm 260 plus gear and have no problems stoping.
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    Even the Avid Elixir brakes should be just fine, as long as you stick with a larger rotor (180-203mm)
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    I bought a set of the Hayes Stroker Aces on super-sale from Pricepoint, they are dual piston units as well and came with sintered-metallic pads. They are pretty burley and are still available for cheap money ($100/wheel). I'd recommend them with 203mm rotors and you'll have more power than you know what to do with.

    Shimano's new XT or XTR Trail brakes are amazing, but cost a bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbussiere View Post
    I bought a set of the Hayes Stroker Aces on super-sale from Pricepoint, they are dual piston units as well and came with sintered-metallic pads. They are pretty burley and are still available for cheap money ($100/wheel). I'd recommend them with 203mm rotors and you'll have more power than you know what to do with.

    Shimano's new XT or XTR Trail brakes are amazing, but cost a bit more.

    I'm nowhere near that weight, so my opinion is only semi-relevant here...

    Aces have been reliable for me, and if they're going that cheaply then they're worth a look (imho).
    The only thing I would say against them is that they're a bit of a PITA to work on relative to others.

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    If ya can find em Magura Gustavs were the king of stopping power. I still have a set for my big bike and if I weighed 100lbs more they would be my only choice.

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    Yah as everyone mentioned, larger rotors will make a big difference.

    I would guess a pair of hope V2's would suffice as well.
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    I like the new xtr, but not for anyone doing serious riding over 225lbs. I smoked a set. Great brake but not for a heavy rider at all. Look for a set of hope mono 6ti if you can find them. I run it with a mono 4 on my HD mojo. Best brake I have ever run. 6 pistons and pretty light for a downhill brake. All the parts on my bike are 2011 or newer except the brakes. (2005) They are that good. Using the new levers and red pads.

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