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  1. #1
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    Need advice for new entry-level hydraulic brakes

    I am switching from V brakes to hydraulic brakes on my older GF Ziggurat. I plan to get some good dependable brakes in the $100-150 per wheel price range. Probably 180mm on the front and 160mm on the rear. The options are plentiful in terms of Elixers vs HFX vs Stroker Trail and so on. I am looking for some guidance on brakes that are reliable and a good value. I ride all kinds of mountain trails in Oregon.

    Thanks so much for advice on this topic.


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    By going through the first page of the brake forums it not to hard to tell that most are going to recommend the new Shimano SLX or XT's or maybe even Formula RX's. I will give praise to the 2012 XT's having never tried the SLX's.

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    I just picked up an Avid Elixir 3 w/ 160mm rotor for the rear and im 230 lbs and I can lock up the rear wheel no problemo. I am assuming the Elixir 5's are a little stronger....

    You can pick a an Elixir 5 up for about $125
    Last edited by mhoran89; 09-15-2011 at 02:08 PM.

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    I'd say XT over elixir 3 personally. I'm getting xtr soon as I quite frankly am tired of elixir 3 brakes

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    Check out Colorado Cyclist. Two months ago they had Elixir CRs for $129.

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    I was browsing the internet to find suitable replacements for my elixir brakes and came upon these... - Shimano XT M785 Disc Brake w/ Adapters & Rotor

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    I've got Elixir 5s, whilst not terrible, I'm not in love, the quality and noise issues mean i doubt that these brakes are worth the investment. In your situation I'd invest in your brakes and get SLX or XT with the intent of having them for the long haul. Some of these lower end brakes like Hayes Stroker Rydes and Elixirs seem to have a 1 year lifespan of moderate abuse, personally I'd rather have a brake that could survive a few years of abuse, if that means paying more, it might be worth it. Or go with BB7s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Once_Upon_A_Time View Post
    I was browsing the internet to find suitable replacements for my elixir brakes and came upon these... - Shimano XT M785 Disc Brake w/ Adapters & Rotor
    That matches the best price I've seen for the XT M785's over the past few weeks WITHOUT rotors, so it sounds like an excellent deal. The rotors aren't the latest and greatest, but should be adequate.... Tempting!
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