My son has a Kona Howler/Bass with Hayes El Caminos in it. No matter what I've tried as far as bleeding, new pads, caliper adjustment, rotor truing, etc I can't get rid of the brutal squealing that comes from them. I can have everything set up just right on the work stand, no rubbing or squealing, and then he'll go for a ride and immediately the brakes start to squeal. Not just when he's riding, but even while he is pushing the bike, or even rocking it back and forth. He's only 100lbs, and doesn't abuse the bike.
I've talked to shop techs, and read the forums here, and it would seem that the El Caminos are just a poor excuse for a brake. It's funny, because I gather that they weren't a cheap brake when they were released, and this bike used to belong to a Kona team rider, so they must have had something going for them?
Anyway, he's looking at getting Juicy 5's, as some of his riding buddies are happy with them. Is it possible to keep his existing Hayes rotors (203mm front, 160mm rear) with the Juicys? I assume we'll need to adapter brackets, or are the Avid adapters interchangable with Hayes?
His budget is around $150 for a pair, so if anyone has any other suggestions I would welcome them.
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