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    Best budget hydraulic disk brakes, not Avid.

    I have a set of Avid Elixir R's on my 2009 Redline. The rear brake is rubbing and no amount of love will make it function normally. I would like to replace both brakes with something that would maybe use the Avid rotors but be more functional.
    I was thinking Shimano SLX? I could also replace the rotors if I really had to. I currently have XT's on my race bike, and I love those, but they are too much for the old Redline.

    Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    I have SLX on all my bikes, fwiw. I shred hard as I can and haven't had them fail to stop me ever.

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    Tektro hydros rock! I love them and they are super easy to bleed. I have them on all my rigs.

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    How much is budget? Blue sky cycling has some crazy deals on shimano brakes. The 2013 line is supposed to be killer, I am waiting on some zees to arrive myself

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    If you look at the posts here, it seems that all "budget" brands have problems. There was an active thread recently on low-line Shimano brakes being good value that might interest you. But you might be able to get your Avids rebuilt for the same or less than a cheap new setup.
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    Shimano Deore M596 - Great brakes and if you shop around can get them for ~$50 per side. I have them on my bike and they stop great! Shimano Deore M596 Disc Brake Review - BikeRadar

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    Quote Originally Posted by azorr View Post
    Shimano Deore M596 - Great brakes and if you shop around can get them for ~$50 per side. I have them on my bike and they stop great! Shimano Deore M596 Disc Brake Review - BikeRadar
    +1. I got these because of price and good reviews.

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    BlueSkyCycling.com - Shimano SLX M675 IceTech Disc Brake w/ Adapter
    If you buy something cheaper you are just making these cost you more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    BlueSkyCycling.com - Shimano SLX M675 IceTech Disc Brake w/ Adapter
    If you buy something cheaper you are just making these cost you more.
    WOW. Great deal on those!!! I'm tempted to pick it up and just store it around for another bike build. Haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    BlueSkyCycling.com - Shimano SLX M675 IceTech Disc Brake w/ Adapter
    If you buy something cheaper you are just making these cost you more.
    I demo'd a bike with these brakes recently. They are fantastic!
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    I really like the Shimano Alivio BR-M445 brakes in every way. They go for under $100 for the pair but perform well, I was never able to get them to overheat like I did other brakes.

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    Sounds like the way to go is get the best Shimano brakes you can afford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ericgautier View Post
    +1. I got these because of price and good reviews.
    +2. Great brakes you won't be sorry.

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    Shimano Zee on the front with a 180mm rotor, Shimano M596 on the back with a 160 rotor.

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    The M596 deore brakes have the Shimano servo-wave cam system and short throw levers but they do not have the 22mm ceramic pistons that power the SLX, XT and XTR brakes. They use a different caliper.

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    One more vote for Deore M596. It's hard to believe that for such a low price you can get brakes that really DO work, also easy to trim hose & bleed. Of course, go with SLX if you plan to spend more money.

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    They probably just need a proper servicing. A proper service includes cleaning and lubricating both pistons then reseting them flush in the caliper. You should then Flush all the old fluid and bleed them. I bet they wont rub after this.

    but if you want new brakes get the nicest shimano's you can afford. If you do this you should send me you Avids so I can try and fix them
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    +1 on the Shimano Deore M596. Over the last year I've ditched the Avids i was running on two bikes. Can't say enough positive things about them. No fading, no squeal and I don't have to adjust them.

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    Thanks for the link, that's a great price. I was prepared to spend more on Amazon, and I thought that was a good price! For this price I'll do both front and rear maybe.



    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    BlueSkyCycling.com - Shimano SLX M675 IceTech Disc Brake w/ Adapter
    If you buy something cheaper you are just making these cost you more.

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