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  1. #1
    Big Paws on a Puppy!!
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    May 2005

    Question on disc brakes

    I just picked up a '05 Redline Monocog and would like to upgrade to disc brakes. Since this is my first SS I'm trying to keep the cost down while I determine if this SS thing is for me. On that note I was thinking about the Shimano Deore Mechanicals (complete set on sale at Nashbar for $120) or the possibility of upgrading the brakeset on my Jekyll (XT Hydros maybe) and moving the hayes hydros over to the Monocog.

    Is the Deore Mechanical a decent brake set?
    What about Hydro line guides (I assume the Redline frame can't run hydro lines without them)? Are they a good option?

    I fully expect to get "buy Avid Mechanicals" but I rather not fork out more money than I have too.


    Thanks in advance......

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    Oct 2004

    Deore mechanicals

    I believe there are a few versions of the Deore mechanical discs. From the research I did before buying a set, it seems to be the BR-M515 LA (LA standing for "long arm", referencing the arm that pulls to engage the caliper) is probably the best of the Deore mechanicals. I bought them online from this ebay vendor for $103.00 including shipping.

    So far, I'm very happy with their performance. I hope this helps.

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    "El Whatever"
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    May 2004
    Get the Deores... there are some better prices. I think has some.

    I rate the Deores 515-LA just a step behind the Avids.... heavy and overbuilt and not so powerful but it has a sweet modulation. Throw in there a set of koolstops pads and you can get bet wet performance out of them.
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