This is a bit of a public service announcement here, perhaps others have posted it before...
I wanted to let people know to be aware of a serious design flaw on Hayes Stroker Ryde brakes. They might have other models this applies to as well. When I attempted to brake today during a ride the lever came apart in my hands. Upon inspection, the lever is held on by a cheap plastic dowel and the thinnest most pathetic retaining ring I've ever seen. The retaining rings come off very easily and when they do, the plastic dowel falls out and you'll be left with no brakes. Upon searching the reviews here at MTBR, it's evident I'm not the only one this has happened to. My brakes only had a few rides on them when this occured.
I felt obligated to post this here to alert people to this situation who might not have otherwise known about this terrible design flaw. If you have these brakes please check to make sure none of the small retaining rings have popped off and that the plastic dowels are not breaking apart or thinning. The retaining rings are so small you will have to make a concious effort to check that they are there once you even know about them.
Edit: Make sure to check both the top and bottom ring are in place, there are 2 on each brake.
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