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    who makes best mechanical disc brakes?

    Currenty have BB5's on a trek 6000. Looking to upgrade but still stay mechanical. I know BB7's are a step up but who else makes good mechanical disc brakes. I want to stay mechanical only due to I don't want the mess of maintenance bleeding etc that goes with hydraullic. I see Shimano offers mechanical disc brakes on the Trek 3 series but those would probably be a step down. Does Shimano offer any high end mechanical brakes?

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    I believe that BB7 is the best you're going to get. At the risk of starting a discussion, I'll point out that hydraulic maintenance doesn't necessarily mean more maintenance; just different. Timewise, bleeding is no different - even quicker sometimes - to replacing cables (the equivalent task), and it's only messy if you're cack-handed. Preventative maintenance (cleaning) is also very simple with a hydraulic caliper. I'm not saying that you should choose hydraulics, just that you shouldn't disregard them on the grounds of fallacy.
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    I agree with Steve that...

    (a) the BB7 is on top of the pile. There's a reason it has been around for 10 years (in three revisions)

    (b) that hydro "mess of maintenance" is not really a valid reason to choose mechanicals. I think most riders that really appreciate their BB7s (me included) like their simplicity and full range of adjustability, but realize that they are a "hands on" brake with a basic requirement of understanding how pad spacing affects performance (as with your BB5s). However, a properly installed, quailty hydro can be less day-to-day maintenance.
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    It's not even a contest...the Avid BB7 is the clear winner with others left in its dust.

    Shimano mechanicals are turds.

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    +3 for bb7 (one for each set I own)
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    No doubt , BB7 ...............................

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    BB7 currently would be the best mechanical disc.

    I am just in the process of replacing mine on my commuter with a pair of hydraulics though.....

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    Another Vote for BB7's. Used them on a couple of bikes, and the simply work. They do require a bit more attention than a hydraulic because you have to stay on top of pad wear and adjust the brake accordingly. When set up properly they have amazing power however.

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    BB7's are the best mechanical disc brakes that I've used.
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    I want to stay mechanical only due to I don't want the mess of maintenance bleeding etc that goes with hydraullic.
    You don't have to bleed them as often as you think. As another poster pointed out hydros actually have less maintenance than mechanicals.
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    BB7's are by far and away the standard for mechanical brakes. They just plain work. Having said that, I sold mine and got some hydros. I have yet to put a season on them, but they're fun to work on, and from what I understand now that I have them set up, I don't have to touch them again for a while.

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    Thanks for the feedback. Looks like I have some learning to do on hydros. I'm sure I can probably find a few topics on hydros vs mechanicals. I'm sure it's been beat to death. I had thought (bad assumption on my part) that hydros were a lot of work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timberstone
    Thanks for the feedback. Looks like I have some learning to do on hydros. I'm sure I can probably find a few topics on hydros vs mechanicals. I'm sure it's been beat to death. I had thought (bad assumption on my part) that hydros were a lot of work.
    Yeah finding a few threads on the ol' mechanical vs hydraulic thing should be easy.

    Well, I'd say my BB7s are easier to deal with overall than my Elixir CRs and can be tuned finer for preference with the proper levers. Adjusting a pad for wear occasionally on the BB7 isn't a big deal. Bleeding/shortening hoses, at least the Avids, is not as easy as dealing with standard cable/housing for setup, and running full runs of housing it's not much of an issue for my BB7s. My Elixirs did not come properly bled, either, so I basically had to do that out of the box and it is a bit messy dealing with the fluids and all compared to cable/housing. YMMV.
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    BB7's are by far the best mechanical available. I have BB7's on one bike and Hayes HFX 9 hydros on the other. The hydros are definitely messier and more of a PITA to deal with when they do need attention. The only advantage is that they self-adjust for pad wear, so there's not really any day-to-day maintenance. The power and modulation is about the same.

    Verdict: go with the BB's unless you think you need the self-adjusting capabilities. Research any of the old threads for more info.

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