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    Post your brake setups

    I was looking around, and I don't see a place for people to post up their brake choice on bikes : D

    This thread should help people on the types of brakes majority of the people are running. And the mix match of rotors and calipers. of which works and what doesn't.

    I'll start off with with my setup.


    8' rotor of vicious stopping power



    Surprisingly, my brakes just makes it through without rubbing at all, I'm thinking I'm one of the first to do 4 piston vented rotor setup on a mountain bike XD though somebody might've done it already.

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    No pictures but here is my list.

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    Ive got

    Stroker trails, grey, with semi-metallic pads, and 7" rotors front and rear...
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    29er xtr's 6"
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    evil d.o.c. bb7 to paul lever rear only 6"

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    gatorbrake 6 pots, 203mm rotor


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    hey khoalie, I've been getting mixed reviews about the 6 piston Gatorbrake, Do they have good modulation and power?

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    just put them on and it's been raining all week. so i won't be able to get a ride on them for a while. even then i'll have to bed them in. will report back asap

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    XT 4 pot
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    Hayes w/ squirrel rotor. Stops on a dime with super modulation.
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    Simple set up... Hope's with Avid G3 Rotors...

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    XT's with Alligator rotors 180-f/160-r

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    I can't believe nobody has commented on the squirrel rotor!

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    squirrel rotor? does that thing "eat up" pads? ho ho ho!

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    I've chewed up bees, but wow, such speeds taking in squirrels on the run? So awesome!!!
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    Hope Tech V2 front...



    ...and Tech M4 rear.



    Quote Originally Posted by Tesshin-Socho
    Surprisingly, my brakes just makes it through without rubbing at all, I'm thinking I'm one of the first to do 4 piston vented rotor setup on a mountain bike XD though somebody might've done it already.
    From your picture it appears as though the pistons have virtually no travel before the pads would contact the disc. How much lever travel do you have?

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    I guess fresh squirrel is on the menu tonight???

    I've got 2010 Magura Marta SL brakes in red. Carbon fiber levers, 180mm up front and 160mm out back (Magura Wavy SL rotors which are JUNK!). Since everybody knows what these look like and I do not have any cross brand products mixed, no need for a picture...

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    Juicy 3 mastercylinders set up moto, Code 5 caliper/185 G3 front, Juicy 3 caliper/140 G3 rear.

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    Hope Tech X2, SS line, 185 front 160 rear. Great stopping power. Easy to work on and the adjustabilty is second to none.
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    The setup on my Trek Fuel Ex8: Hope Tech M4 183mm Front and Hope Tech X2 160mm Rear.





    The setup on my Specialized Rockhopper SL Pro: Hope Tech X2 183mm Front and Hope Tech X2 160mm Rear.




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    2011 Magura Marta's with Storm rotors. 180 front 160 rear, just finished fitting them
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    Quote Originally Posted by khoalie
    squirrel rotor? does that thing "eat up" pads? ho ho ho!
    It's not mine actually. I found it posted here on MTBR but it's such a good picture that it belongs in this thread.

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    I have the XT m755 4pot setup as well. 160mm rotors and still scares me sometimes :P trying to get it dialed in, and find out if I'm getting fluid past the pistons. using kool stop pads, really hope I don't have to get rid of this setup, but if I am getting fluid past the pistons there seems to be no parts available for these things.






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    really hope I don't have to get rid of this setup, but if I am getting fluid past the pistons there seems to be no parts available for these things.
    The early Shimano hydraulics were very Hope-esque. The 755 uses the same pads as the Mono M4 and, as I look at the caliper and lever, I find myself wondering if you could use an M4 seal kit to overhaul your brake. You'd have to replace lever and caliper seals, and change to DOT fluid, but if it works you're sorted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by khoalie
    squirrel rotor? does that thing "eat up" pads? ho ho ho!
    Squirrel rotors are nots about pads.

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    Hope mini x2's avid clean sweep's 160r 185f IN PINK!!!





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    no pix either, but avid BB7s f/r; 160mm shimano centerlock rotors. no need to worry about fluid leaks/pin holes in tubing/fluid contimating pads or naything else that might happen. cable breaks? oh, just slip in a new one and no bleeding

    oh, and btw, my sympathies lie with the squirrel
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveUK
    The early Shimano hydraulics were very Hope-esque. The 755 uses the same pads as the Mono M4 and, as I look at the caliper and lever, I find myself wondering if you could use an M4 seal kit to overhaul your brake. You'd have to replace lever and caliper seals, and change to DOT fluid, but if it works you're sorted.
    You won't "have" to change fluid type. Mineral oil is relatively safe on most types of rubber.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrible
    Very nice looking bike and those are some beefy looking brakes! Nice to post a picture up of your bike with some dirt on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ambassadorhawg
    I guess fresh squirrel is on the menu tonight???

    I've got 2010 Magura Marta SL brakes in red. Carbon fiber levers, 180mm up front and 160mm out back (Magura Wavy SL rotors which are JUNK!). Since everybody knows what these look like and I do not have any cross brand products mixed, no need for a picture...
    Well, since my brakes look so incredibly beautiful, I decided to post some pics, enjoy! Just look at da carbon weave on dat lever, dats PHAT!
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    Formula RX with G2 rotors. (untill I get some R1 rotors)
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    Formula R1, two piece rotors. 180 front, 160 rear
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    i have formula MEGAS on one bike and xt 755's with xtr levers on another they both work awsome. I weigh 265 so i need some nice stopping power and both my set-ups fit the bill LOVE EM!

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    If anyone is running Shimano SLX (BR-M665) on a hardtail, what 6-bolt rotors are you using? I have that annoying sound that resonates through my frame, and it pisses me off soo much. The problem rotor in my case is a Hayes V6 on the rear. I need to figure out what some good rotors are to pair up with these calipers.
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    I need to figure out what some good rotors are to pair up with these Shimano SLX calipers.
    Shimano?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveUK
    The early Shimano hydraulics were very Hope-esque. The 755 uses the same pads as the Mono M4 and, as I look at the caliper and lever, I find myself wondering if you could use an M4 seal kit to overhaul your brake. You'd have to replace lever and caliper seals, and change to DOT fluid, but if it works you're sorted.
    The M755s uses a cup for the seal that the piston sits in rather than a seal around the piston. I don't know what the Hopes use. The other thing vrclowncar might do is pull them apart and see if a bearing/seal company has the right seal for mineral oil.

    Shimano licensed the brakes from Grimeca, so there might be some seals around. But as SteveUK says, you'll still have to use DOT fluid. When all fails, use the levers and get a different set of Shimano calipers.

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    The M755s uses a cup for the seal that the piston sits in rather than a seal around the piston. I don't know what the Hopes use.
    Hope use a square-edge o-ring that sits in a recess inside the caliper's piston bore, so it's sounds as though my idea is dead in the water. Thanks for the info.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terrible
    Hope mini x2's avid clean sweep's 160r 185f IN PINK!!!





    I really like the pink brakes. I really like the matching rotors too, why aren't you using them?

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    They don't make the pink center, flower cut rotors in a 185. I thought about asking them to make me a standard two piece rotor but with a pink ano center but didn't feal like dealing with hope direct.
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    You should definitely buy some more pink ano parts. I know SRAM makes all that for X0,so that would be a good choice. When you have to replace your cassette, get a PG990 (maybe 970, I don't remember) with the pink spider. Pink water bottle cage bolts are a nice subtle touch, and pink grip clamps would be cool. I think that brown or black spacers would look better than the pink ones you have on there now (headset/steerer spacers). That would be a niiiice(r) looking bike!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tesshin-Socho
    hey khoalie, I've been getting mixed reviews about the 6 piston Gatorbrake, Do they have good modulation and power?
    alright got a ride in today on the gatorbrake setup. mind you i ride xc, i know, over kill, but i'm fat and that's my excuse.

    modulation is very good. the initial bite is very mild and they can send me over the bars with one finger. power is on par with my m755 with sintered pads. no squealing or drag, yet, we'll see how they perform after a few hundred miles. also, the levers are pretty chunky and long, so i'm able to run them inboard of my deore shifters w/o chopping off the windows.

    i'm running the m755 caliper in front with a 203 avid roundagon and xt dual control levers. the rear i have an lx caliper with a 160 roundagon rotor.




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    MUCH BETTER - SORRY FOR THE SCREW UP - NEW TO MTBR FORUM

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    Your images are way too large. If you make them about half the size they are it will be much easier for people to see them (and the rest of the thread).

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    XT 755 4-pot, XTR 970 level, XT RT76 two piece rotors 180mm front and 160mm rear, Goodridge pads and hoses, and titaniun mounting bolts .

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveUK
    Your images are way too large. If you make them about half the size they are it will be much easier for people to see them (and the rest of the thread).
    I agree.
    btally, could you please edit your post and make your pics smaller. My computer has trouble seeing the rest of the thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yetibetty
    I agree.
    btally, could you please edit your post and make your pics smaller. My computer has trouble seeing the rest of the thread.
    You could always hit ctrl- to make the screen smaller.
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    I use Avid BB7 calipers with Magura rotors. On a 26errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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    Quote Originally Posted by mike_d_1583
    You could always hit ctrl- to make the screen smaller.
    Helped a bit but then you need a magnifier to read the text.

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    BB7's with avid speed dial brake levers. Still have not made the switch to hydros, probably gonna be awhile before I give up on these bb7's. Using round dragon rotors until they wear out then gonna try and find a set of 160mm alligator aries in the ti-ni coating

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    Sorry, It it did kind of mess things up. Is there code to size the image? I can resize it tomorrow when I get at my PC that uploads to the ftp site where its linked to.

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