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  1. #1
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    School me on brakes

    I need to replace the entire brake set up on my old hoopy bike, its built for Vbrakes so disc is a no go, I want a set up thats economical, dependable, easy to maintain, find parts for & can stop a cydesdale.

    What'cha got & how do ya like it ??

    Thanks in advance.

  2. #2
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    avid SD7 V's and leavers... if I built a bike today I would use these out back on a basic XC bike (and bb7 disc up front)
    - Surly Disc trucker
    - '82 trek 560 roadie

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    Cheap and Easy...Avid SD7's

    Expensive and insanely powerful...Magura HS33

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    I'm running Avid 1D-20 brakes on my old school single speed along with Avid SD-7 brake levers. I upgraded my pads to Koolstop dual compound pads and it made a world of difference.

    The brakes weren't bad before, but the upgraded pads and adjustable levers took it to another level. They stop me in the wet also, mostly contributed to the dual compound pads. I weigh about 235lbs.
    Meat Patty on a Bike

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    I concur look for a used set of Magura's, thast all they use in trials and stopping your back wheel is the most important aspect of trials and these babies do the trick.You can also look for an older set of XT levers, they uses a parallel system so the pad hits the rim flat and does not lean into the rim. I have a set on my old Cannondale and they are very strong.
    Giant XTC 2 29er
    KHS Flagstaff 29er FS
    Neon Bow Trials Bike
    Norco Fluid 9.2 29er FS

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    I had a set of Magura HS-33's and they are worth the money. But make sure you get ones with the brake booster.

  7. #7
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    I have avid sd7 on one trials bike and magura HS 33 on another, it's the ground rim and special compound pads that makes trials brake set ups so powerful. That said, I like the v-brakes better.

    Avid sd-7/5 arms, sd-7 levers, jagwire ripcord cables and a booster = a reliable, easily adjustable, smooth and powerful system that can be fixed on the trail.
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    '09 Specialized Rockhopper expert 29
    Born 26" trials
    '07 Specialized Allez

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