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    Time for new brakes

    I like to replace my current brakes with something affordable and comparable to what I have now. I have a background in bmx and flatland so please forgive my ignorance. I have no idea how to spec new ones out. Any help is appreciated. Time for new brakes-img_9471.jpgTime for new brakes-img_9472.jpgTime for new brakes-img_9473.jpgTime for new brakes-img_9474.jpgTime for new brakes-img_9475.jpg


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    Unsure of your budget but Shimano Zee would be a good bet. If the rotors are the same size front and rear they're 203mm IS-6 rotors. Shimano Ice-Tech would be what I'd run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PUNKY View Post
    Unsure of your budget but Shimano Zee would be a good bet. If the rotors are the same size front and rear they're 203mm IS-6 rotors. Shimano Ice-Tech would be what I'd run.
    I was hoping for under $200 idk if that's possible. I'd even consider used


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    That rig should be kept intact and together. It's a classic.

    Your fork is 99 vintage and those brakes are possibly 69mm spacing which isn't compatible with anything else. Your rear adaptor could be swapped by the front can't.

    Those Hayes mags still work great. I still run a set.

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    The backs aren't releasing properly slowing the back wheel. I'm looking into a rebuild kid but I'm afraid it won't work right when I put it back together. Like I said I have no idea what I'm doing. I have bleed car brakes so I'm hoping the same principles apply


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    Thanks for that useful info about the spacing. By spacing are you talking about mounting holes or rotor offset alignment?


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    I just realized Dougal you have been helping me with my shock seals. Thanks for that as well. I'm waiting till Wednesday to order and I'll be keeping everything together assuming I can get that caliper sorted out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michaelsvx View Post
    The backs aren't releasing properly slowing the back wheel. I'm looking into a rebuild kid but I'm afraid it won't work right when I put it back together. Like I said I have no idea what I'm doing. I have bleed car brakes so I'm hoping the same principles apply


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    They need bleeding and resetting. Best results are to pop out the pistons one at a time (remove pads first and put somewhere safe) then clean/grease the piston and seal before reinstalling.
    Bleed them by pushing fluid uphill from the caliper to spill out the lever, make sure the pistons are retracted flush with the housing.

    Then you should be good. Apart from lever wiggle these are still competitive brakes.

    It's the caliper bolt spacing to brackets that changed. Pre 2000 was 69mm (actually 68 or 71mm). 2000 onwards was 74mm. Looks like your rear is a 74mm and front 69mm.
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    I wouldn't get new brakes just bleed them...if they still stick then take pistons out, clean them and put new o rings (moisten the o rings) and put pistons back in.....keep away from everything else because brake fluid is not good and will contaminate your pads...clean with rubbing alcohol after...
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    Quote Originally Posted by SHIVER ME TIMBERS View Post
    I wouldn't get new brakes just bleed them...if they still stick then take pistons out, clean them and put new o rings (moisten the o rings) and put pistons back in.....keep away from everything else because brake fluid is not good and will contaminate your pads...clean with rubbing alcohol after...
    There are greases specifically made for lubricating brake seals and pistons. I can't help you out with brand names though as the one I use is a small local brand.
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    you are right but I have just used the fluid.....and never had a problem ...now I am wondering...but the same brakes are 5 years old
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    Quote Originally Posted by Michaelsvx View Post
    I was hoping for under $200 idk if that's possible. I'd even consider used


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    Unless you're going balls out down steep stuff constantly, a set of XTs is within your budget and will be a solid upgrade for you. I ran my enduro bike at Highland for half a season this year (before picking up a proper DH bike) and XTs/IceTechs held up great for a dozen or so trips to the mountain - just had to change pads.

    I'm going with the Zee set on my DH bike now, but only because I don't go hard enough to justify a set of Saints.
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    I would rebuild them over replacing. They fit the bike and i'm a sucker for original complete bikes.
    If you do replace zee or xt would be your best bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seventh-777 View Post
    Unless you're going balls out down steep stuff constantly, a set of XTs is within your budget and will be a solid upgrade for you. I ran my enduro bike at Highland for half a season this year (before picking up a proper DH bike) and XTs/IceTechs held up great for a dozen or so trips to the mountain - just had to change pads.

    I'm going with the Zee set on my DH bike now, but only because I don't go hard enough to justify a set of Saints.
    Did you miss the whole discussion about 69mm brake mount?

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    if pistons are sticking, they probably just need cleaning

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    it's very easy to replace the Pistons.. and cheaper than brand new brakes

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    Shwinn8 thanks for the link. I just placed my order. Hope this goes smoothly


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michaelsvx View Post
    Shwinn8 thanks for the link. I just placed my order. Hope this goes smoothly


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    I'm sure there's a YouTube video to assist you in


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    interesting that this was just posted on Pinkbike, maybe it will help you: https://www.pinkbike.com/news/tech-t...ol--video.html

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    i had a set off zee brakes myself and say they would be a good shout for a replacement, would have a set of them myself still if it wasnt for the fairly new hopes

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