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    best budget hydraulic disc brakes

    Hello i am looking for an upgrade from my current brakes on my carrera detonate what would be some good brakes i would like rear and front and rotors included i would be willing to spend up to about £70 for some decent ones that wont fail

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    eBay is your friend. I paid under $50 a set of Avid juicy3's

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    I vote for anything but avid. Mine were bad. Tektro work and are cheap, but is it an upgrade? What do you have now?

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    Brakes and tires are among those things that budget pricing just seems like a bad idea. Kinda like a discount parachute. NOOOO Thanks!

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    My two teen sons bikes came with deore hydros and I have never had to adjust or do anything to them. Purchased 4 years ago. I'd say that's bang for the buck.

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    Shimano wins hydraulic disc brakes.

    I currently have SLX on one mtb (levers upgraded to XT through warranty)
    my wife has XTR Race. I'm building a bike that is getting XTR Trails.

    The current Deore level discs are damn good, too. Other than that, be VERY wary of budget hydros. A lot of them are absolute garbage. If you can't afford any of the hydros from Shimano, then get a decent cable actuated brake. The Avid BB7 is very solid. I have a set of those on my commuter. They are a little more fiddly to adjust them for pad wear (compared to good hydros), but the adjustments are dead simple. They just work.

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    Just put XT's on my Epic for $200, I was quite happy with that. LBS was building me wheels and put the brakes on at the same time.
    Hold my beer and watch this!

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    Shimano Deore like hankscorpio said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adaycj View Post
    I vote for anything but avid.
    That: ^

    Pretty much anything by Shimano should be fine. Pretty much anything by Avid probably less so.

    Look at the brake packages on eBay than google the reviews of the ones in your price range. The M615 Deore is a relatively recent brake that looks like very good value.

    By the way, if you see Shimano brakes bundled with Avid HS1 rotors don't worry, that'll work fine. Flat metal disks Avid can do!

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    The m615 Deores use the same pads as SLX/XT.
    Ribble has good pricing. Plus 10% off this weekend.
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    Shimano Deore M615

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongShot73 View Post
    eBay is your friend. I paid under $50 a set of Avid juicy3's
    You got the bad end of that deal. After working in ahops for the past give years, I can tell you that Juicys are horrible.

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    another vote for Deore

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    best budget hydraulic disc brakes

    I spend extra on brakes, shifters, saddle and tires. Non negotiable. So budget is xt, out of reach is xtr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hankscorpio View Post
    actually you can. merlin cycles, also in england is selling that brake for $100 a set

    but i agree, deores are the best bang for your buck on a budget. less squeal than a elixer1 and better modulation

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    Deore are better than a lot of non-budget brakes.
    affect befect cefect defect effect fect

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    For those in the US who dont want to wait for overseas shipping, Amazon has the M615s in stock for 121/pr free prime shipping. Mine just got delivered this morning.

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    Jenson price matches the Ribble $85.57/set price with the 10% discount when it is on, like right now. That is over their free shipping threshold. Why spend 35 more?

    $143.02/set for XT when in stock with the 10% discount. Jenson will price match to this retroactively, so check for Ribble stock within the price match period.

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    I just jumped on the Jensen USA deal for XT brakes, $99 per wheel. It came to about $260 with adapters and rotors. Pretty stoked on that deal.
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    $121 for a full set Front + Rear = is a great deal on deore brakes.

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    If you have to go cheap avoid Avid at all cost, Shimano Deore or SLX are hard to beat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LongShot73 View Post
    eBay is your friend. I paid under $50 a set of Avid juicy3's
    Looks like you bought something based on price, not quality

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    +1 for deore. Avoid avid at all costs.

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    Avids work fine when set up properly. They can get the job done on a tight budget.

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    Re: best budget hydraulic disc brakes

    Quote Originally Posted by ncfisherman View Post
    Avids work fine when set up properly. They can get the job done on a tight budget.
    So everyone who has had problems with avids simply doesn't know what they're doing? Gimme a break....

    OP - spend a few more dollars and avoid a headache

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8iking VIIking View Post
    So everyone who has had problems with avids simply doesn't know what they're doing? Gimme a break....

    OP - spend a few more dollars and avoid a headache
    Every brand has their issues and Avid's seem to be more on the finicky side, but I have a lot of experience with every brand and have yet to find a set of Avids that can't be made to work right.

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    And if we're talking about $50 compared to $150 for a Deore set, that's significant savings. I recently did go that route on a set of Avid Elixir 3's for a bike I'm trying to sell. Zero issues with the brakes except for that vague lever feel, which is the norm for Avids. It comes down to how tight the budget is.

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    I have Hayes dyno comps those brakes are awesome!

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    The other night riding home from work and it had just rained hit some huge puddles and I experienced no brake fade what so ever! And I mean huge puddles that came all the up to the brake rotor

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