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    New question here. Best Brakes? SRAM V.S. Shimano V.S. Hope V.S. Formula

    Who makes the best DH brake? is it SRAM's Codes, Shimano's Saints, Hope's M4's or Formula's RO?

    Best Brakes?  SRAM V.S. Shimano V.S. Hope V.S. Formula-avid_code_large.jpgBest Brakes?  SRAM V.S. Shimano V.S. Hope V.S. Formula-shimano-saint-m810-zoom.jpgBest Brakes?  SRAM V.S. Shimano V.S. Hope V.S. Formula-88751.jpgBest Brakes?  SRAM V.S. Shimano V.S. Hope V.S. Formula-formula-scheibenbremse-ro-oval.jpg
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    All of the above ! Close thread

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    I have had 2 sets of codes and both sets failed after 1 season of riding. So for me it is no more Avid.I have a pair of Hope V-4's now and cannot believe how well they work. Plenty of power and modulation not to mention they just look badass. The only complaint I have heard about saints has to do with not being able to rebuild them. I don't know if this is entirely true.

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    D. Formula R0

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    forgot about formula, ill add them to list tomorrow

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    I know a few people who started using Stroker Aces and love them. Just throwing it out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DHGallot View Post
    forgot about formula, ill add them to list tomorrow
    Formula The One DH brake
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    Avid... REALLY?! Not in the same league with the other two and a very good case can be made for Formula as numero UNO; pun intended!

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    Actually Avid is a really good brake, the majority of my friends use them and actually the Avid Code's have a 4 piston design which give them loads of power, the problem i have with them is they are TOO strong, you cant really slowdown a few mph with them, its more like stop and go. So far my best experience has been with Hope's brakes, especially since you can get a colored rotor for a little extra "bling"

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    The classic Magura Louise BAT is a killer brake.
    So, I would add Magura to the list...although they seem to have moved upmarket $$ wise with the new lineup.
    Worth looking into

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    Hope......

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    I don't think I can name the best brake, but I'm 100% sure it's not made by Avid.

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    I hate to say it but, my DH bike came with Avid Codes and I planned on swapping them out immediately. I've ridden them a few times and am shocked how powerful they are. They modulate great and stop my 38 lb bike in a hurry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joules View Post
    I don't think I can name the best brake, but I'm 100% sure it's not made by Avid.
    I am a legendary hater of nearly all things Sram, and I love my avid codes. The ones on my DH bike have been beaten very hard. Probably on their 6th set of pads and second or third set of rotors. Never any problems.

    IME most people hating on codes had the first gen, which admittedly sucked pretty bad. But I've tried shimano's and formulas, I prefer the current codes personally. I have a set on both my DH bike and my mini-DH bike.

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    Had a set of '11 Code Rs and they had a bit of fading issues. Switched to Saint 810s and they were better....Now have the Saint 820s and they are awesome, no fading and have decent modulation. I'm bout 240 so stopping is no easy feat....

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    Hey guys just found these charts on bike radar but they were too small so i took them and blew up the size

    Best Brakes?  SRAM V.S. Shimano V.S. Hope V.S. Formula-dry-brakes.gifBest Brakes?  SRAM V.S. Shimano V.S. Hope V.S. Formula-wet-brakes.gif

    you might have to zoom in your browser to see better

    *This is not 100% accurate and it doesn't take durability, looks and other factors into consideration, also i'm not sure when this data was collected

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    more info from Bikeradar

    How We Test Hydraulic Disc Brakes - BikeRadar

    I had the Shimano XTR M988 brakes last year but this year trying out 2013 Formula T1s (with IceTech rotors).

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    Yeah that test is total garbage. I wouldn't bother looking at those results. If you search online you can find plenty of critiques on it.

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    Just moved from the second gen codes to the new xt's on my dh bike so I could match the lever feel and hopefully strength of what's on my xc bike. So far I am extremely impressed with how much stopping power they have for dual piston and I am only running them with regular 203 avid rotors..
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    Im actually running some old (probably 06) Avid BB7 mechs and for non-hydraulics they are incredibly powerful, of course i am running 200mm rotors which probably helps, but for a alternate option to hydraulics they are great. im going to replace them of course with something newer, im going for some Hope Stealth Race EVO M4's

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    Quote Originally Posted by mykel View Post
    The classic Magura Louise BAT is a killer brake.
    So, I would add Magura to the list...although they seem to have moved upmarket $$ wise with the new lineup.
    Worth looking into

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    I love my Hope Tech Evo M4. You can use XT pads on them, too.
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    i would say either shimano saint, m820, or formula the one.

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    I hear standard XT's are actually really good for DH, I'm pretty light, been using elixirs and they've coped pretty well, but i've just bought a front XT so gonna have a blast on that.
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    XTR or Saint have both been awesome in my experience.

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