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    Stop!!!

    STOP!!!

    hydro or mech for XC 280+ clyde stopping power?
    Chris, 6'1" 275lb clyde, Giant Anthem x 29er w/FULL 2012 XT group, Giant Defy Composite Ultegra. Team Truly Spokin!

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    Also is anyone running a 203 sized rotor for XC?
    Chris, 6'1" 275lb clyde, Giant Anthem x 29er w/FULL 2012 XT group, Giant Defy Composite Ultegra. Team Truly Spokin!

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    Hey, I'm running about the same weight as you at 6'6" and run the Juicy 7's.
    I wouldn't use anything less than 200's up front at our weight. I've got 180's in the back and the stopping power is great.

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    I have Avid BB5 160's on my 29er but someday I want to at the least upgrade to 203 up front and 180 on the rear if not go all the way and do hydros. Most likely Juicy 7's when/if I do that.

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    Juicy 3's and 185mm rotors here, but just because that's what came on the bike.

    Sometimes I wonder if we focus too much on thinking we need something special to handle the weight. Of course, my last bike had cantilever brakes, so anything would be an upgrade.

    Unless you have some really special need for extra powerful brakes, I'd just roll with something stock.

    My 2 cents....

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    You'll get good stopping power with either mechs or hydros. Hydraulics tend to be more consistent and require less adjustment when you first get them set up right.

    Can your frame and fork handle big rotors (durability and clearance)?

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    I'm running a hydro's w/185/160 combo, its what came on the bike. I was just curious of the rest of the world.
    Chris, 6'1" 275lb clyde, Giant Anthem x 29er w/FULL 2012 XT group, Giant Defy Composite Ultegra. Team Truly Spokin!

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    I know the new Reba will handle a 203 and I don't see why the rear wouldn't fit a 185.

    I'm good with what I have for now as long as I continue to improve on my cornering abilities. One of the guys in our local club has it right "I ride with one pedal partially on the edge of my abilities and the other on a banana pill.
    Chris, 6'1" 275lb clyde, Giant Anthem x 29er w/FULL 2012 XT group, Giant Defy Composite Ultegra. Team Truly Spokin!

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    185mm bb7 up front and sd7V out back... with sd7 levers controlling stuff...

    need to toss some carls prelubed cables on there still... debating between going with the 160mm rear or staying with the V out back...
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    Quote Originally Posted by donalson
    185mm bb7 up front and sd7V out back... with sd7 levers controlling stuff...

    need to toss some carls prelubed cables on there still... debating between going with the 160mm rear or staying with the V out back...

    Go disc, you can pick them up off www.pricepoint.com fairly cheap.
    Chris, 6'1" 275lb clyde, Giant Anthem x 29er w/FULL 2012 XT group, Giant Defy Composite Ultegra. Team Truly Spokin!

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    actually have one but need the 160mm rear adapter... or a 185mm rotor... but because I have track ends on the bike theres more to it then that... had the hydros on your bike on the KM for a little while... things like having to loosen the caliper to get the wheel off suck lol...
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    loosening the claiper to get the wheel off?
    Chris, 6'1" 275lb clyde, Giant Anthem x 29er w/FULL 2012 XT group, Giant Defy Composite Ultegra. Team Truly Spokin!

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    203/185 with Avid bb7 rotors on both my FS and SS 29ers. One has Avid SD7 levers, the other some cheapie Fr5 levers (I notice no difference). I weigh 235 in just shorts, and the setup works well. The 16 rotors I used to have stopped really well too... but they faded a bunch on longer downhills, and my hands would cramp up more than they do now. And, with the larger wheel, I like a larger disc size... modulation is more consistent when they heat up. I will never ever, ever run rim brakes again on a mtn. bike.

    Hydros seem to have some good performance notes, but I tend to like the simplicity of the mech. brakes.

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    Juicy 5's 180 (with rear 160 adapter) front, 160 rear on my 29er. Perfect braking balance IMO

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    chris... i'll show you next time we manage to ride together... one of the quirks with track ends on the karate monkey doh lol
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    Avid 203 BB7 upfront (upgraded), Hayes MX2 160 rear (stock)
    Be excellent to each other.

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    I'm 6 foot 300lbs.
    I use BB7's
    8" frt
    7" rear
    on my Heckler
    next time

    [QUOTE=spazzy] Might as well sell your bikes, E-riding is much more productive.

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    Hope M4's 185 front and rear with floating rotor.

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    6'2" (+/-), 280#, XC

    I upgraded my Peace 9r to 185mm Avid BB7s front and rear with Speed Dial levers. Very, very happy with the stopping power. I regularly hit 40-45mph coming home from the trails and am amazed at how quickly I can stop with these mechanicals (especially when compared to the stock Tektros. Blech.)
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    6'4" ~270. I use Juicy 5s with 185F/160R rotors. Works perfectly fine for my riding. I had a 160 in the front, but it suffered from brake fade on some of our longer descents here.

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    Avid Code 185/160 on my rigid 29er singlespeed. Tried BB7 185/160, but could not get enough power out of them. I thought that the Codes may be too much for a XC SS rig, but I am not regretting the decision at all.

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    Hydros

    Quote Originally Posted by Gaffed
    STOP!!!

    hydro or mech for XC 280+ clyde stopping power?
    You will never regret getting hydros, more stopping power, hardly any maintenance other than replacing worn out pads which doesn't even require any tools on my Juicy 7s, small learning curve if you do your own service work. Dot brake fluid is preferable, IMO.

    Hydros are simpler in reality, and no hand cramps. Light pressure with a fingertip is all that's required.
    A Useful Bear is a handy thing.

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    I am 17st (6'1") and have hayes nine with 6" (160) rotors. works fine, MIGHT put a 7" on front (might not). get hydros.

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    6'2" @ 230lbs have avid bb7s on the full susp, avid bb5s on the redline d460, and some tektro v-brakes on the redline d440. i like the simplicity of the mechanicals but you can quickly go from slight braking to locked wheels. hydros give you lots more middle ground between the two extremes.

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    When riding XC I used shimano XT with 203. With an almost unfortunate collision with a barbed wire fence I started saving.

    220 mm rotor Formula the one brake.

    I am now able to decelerate 240lb easily and safely.

    moral: You can never have too much braking power at this weight.

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