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    Hayes Stroker Ryde Upgrade options

    Hi..I ride a Giant Anthem X2 09 it came with Hayes Stroker Ryde disc brakes, im just shy of 15 stone without my gear on so i think im heavier than the average rider. Although the Hayes are ok im looking for more braking power, The bike came with 160mm rotors front and rear.
    Is it worth trying a bigger rotor and different pads, or simply replacing the brakes all togther getting a larger disc in the process.

    I have Fox 32 F100 RL forks which according to the manual will allow a 203mm rotor max,
    1. Are there any recommendations on pads?
    2. Do i have to stick to Hayes own Rotars or can i use a different brand?
    3. Can i replace the LX QR hub spindel with something stronger to stop some of the flex and stress?
    4. Do i try a 183mm or a 203mm disc?
    5. Are the XT disc brakes any good? merlin cycles have the complete set for 210 with 180mm rotors F&R


    Sorry for all the question..looking forward to your opinions.

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    Hay Gd welcome to the forums!!

    The Stroker Ryde use a Semi Metallic pad which is a excellent compound. Going to a 203mm rotor in the front will definitely help help with the braking just remember you will also need a caliper adapter.

    You can use any rotor you want as long as the caliper adapter matches the size.

    Shimano QR's are usually very strong if your having twisting issues might consider a 20mm through axle.

    All the manufactures make great brakes.

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    Sintered metalic pads and 203 rotors. Semi metalic pads are smooth but don't offer the same bite or heat resistance . Rotors are rotors unless you get into Hope floaters/ twin vented. I run Hayes rotors w/o any issues.

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    I've just had a good look at my brakes and can't find anything wrong with them, i even cleaned the pads up with some fine sand paper to take the glaze off. They still feel poor to me.
    I think i will ebay them and get some XT to match the other XT components on my Giant. (with larger rotors)..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldigger
    I've just had a good look at my brakes and can't find anything wrong with them, i even cleaned the pads up with some fine sand paper to take the glaze off. They still feel poor to me.
    I think i will ebay them and get some XT to match the other XT components on my Giant. (with larger rotors)..

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    While i was having a good look i noticed that they also look naff!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldigger
    While i was having a good look i noticed that they also look naff!!
    Getting better looks = function.
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    Do i really need to buy the shimano bleed kit to set up the new XT brakes?
    It's fricking 54 http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=17561

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldigger
    Do i really need to buy the shimano bleed kit to set up the new XT brakes?
    It's fricking 54 http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=17561
    Dang your just a complainer of everything

    Do you know how to bleed brakes on a moto??
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    Yes i do as i used to ride motorbikes untill i partially killed myself..
    I was watching a video on you tube that uses a clamp on the resevior on the levers from shimano to bleed the xt brakes..
    Take a look..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXmWziLAlBU

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldigger
    Yes i do as i used to ride motorbikes untill i partially killed myself..
    I was watching a video on you tube that uses a clamp on the resevior on the levers from shimano to bleed the xt brakes..
    Take a look..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXmWziLAlBU
    Ya well if ya ride moto that is the risk we take, been their myself.

    Gravity bleed the Shimano just like a moto. Fallow the instructions up to the clamp on pressure bleed cap adapter clamp gizmo. Suck the mineral fluid out of the reservoir then add fresh fluid. Attach a hose to the caliper bleed nipple and direct into a empty beer can, loosen the lever then pull the lever down and hold. Snug nipple then release lever, reopen nipple and slowly squeeze, release, squeeze release, pumping fluid through. Keep a close eye on the master cylinder fluid level it's not as large as a moto so the fluid disappears quickly, add as needed only with the lever fully extended. You can snug the caliper nipple when you feel all the bubbles or fluid is flushed depending on whether your bleeding ore replacing fluid. Check you lever pressure but pull it in slowly because the compensation port can shoot fluid into the eye. If all feels good install the diaphragm and cap set lever position and ride.
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