Here is the bike:
FWIW, I am just under 200 lbs. and 6'5. I am semi-happy with the bike for slogging my lard ass around, mostly riding for fun and fitness. Bike is pretty new and only about 500 miles on it. 75% road, 25% dirt.
I am having a few issues (or at least, perceived issues):
---Both rotors seemed to be warped, and when descending a hill, I get a lot of 'pulsing' - as in, it feels like one part of the rotors is grabbing more than the others, causing a noticeable pulsing as I am braking. Tried truing them with a crescent wrench, but not a lot of luck (I used masking tape on the wrench, no scratches or anything).
---Rear brake seems to groan/grind (sounds like someone is dragging a plastic spoon in the rear spokes) on descents.
---Lots of squeal, but from what I have heard, not a lot that can be done about that.
---I have cooked the front brake a few times on some steep descents.
So I have two questions:
---Are these issues I can fix?
---Should I think about some new brakes? I have seen people say the Avid BB7's are awesome for the money - are these going to be better than what I have? Can I use my levers and cables if I went with something like that?
I am not looking for anything crazy - it is just I am not thrilled with the brakes (four issues I mentioned above).
Thanks, I am very new at this, so not really sure if I am asking the right questions.
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