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    Hydraulic Brakes?

    My new bike has non-hydraulic discs. Are hydraulic brakes worth the price? Will I notice a great difference in stopping power between the two?

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    Yes

    They feel 1000x better and the stopping power is better, but your brakes are fine as well.

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    if your bike has BB7 then its different but not worlds different. But hydro brakes do feel very nice and stop on a dime if correctly set up

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    Is it worth upgrading do you think?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cman8 View Post
    if your bike has BB7 then its different but not worlds different. But hydro brakes do feel very nice and stop on a dime if correctly set up
    Forgive my n00b ignorance, but what is BB7?

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    Depends on your riding style and what you prefer. I like riding all mountail slight dh and love the feel of my hydros ability to stop and modulate. My wife hates my hydro brakes though because she maily rides on paved trails, she says their too sensitive. What kind of mechanical brakes do you currently have?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainmatt View Post
    Forgive my n00b ignorance, but what is BB7?
    Avid Ball Bearing 7(BB7). By far the best mechanical disc brake out there. If your not sure on hydro brakes yet but want to upgrade, get the BB7's they will almost feel like a hydro and only cost about a third of the price. They are awesome brakes and they work very well

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    Ok thanks all for the info.! If I would like to upgrade to hydraulic, can you recommend a good, solid brand? I cannot afford the best, but maybe something mid range? Thanks again!

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    What are you looking to spend. If you say mid range that could literally mean 400-500 per pair.

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    Let's say $200 a pair?

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    For about $200 a pair I would try these.

    BlueSkyCycling.com - Shimano SLX M675 Ice Tech Disc Brake w/ Adapter

    I have never ridden shimano but am anxiously awaiting to try them. these are in my cart now

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    Quote Originally Posted by cman8 View Post
    For about $200 a pair I would try these.

    BlueSkyCycling.com - Shimano SLX M675 Ice Tech Disc Brake w/ Adapter

    I have never ridden shimano but am anxiously awaiting to try them. these are in my cart now
    Thanks!

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    what type of bike and brakes do you have now?

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    I have a UCC Dynamite (Taiwan made, only available in China I think), and to be honest, not sure brake brand! I know that is pitiful, but I just got it and I am a n00b.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountainmatt View Post
    Ok thanks all for the info.! If I would like to upgrade to hydraulic, can you recommend a good, solid brand? I cannot afford the best, but maybe something mid range? Thanks again!
    Avoid the Avids. They are an OK brake but require a lot of maintenance. Some complain of noise on them.

    Better brands are Shimano (XT, XTR series) and Magura.

    -S

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    +1 also on maguras. very powerful and the MT2s are about 100 bucks per axle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cman8 View Post
    +1 also on maguras. very powerful and the MT2s are about 100 bucks per axle.
    +2 alone for their Customer Support

    Magura MT 2 Disc Brake at Price Point

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