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    Shimano Alivio Mechanical Disc Brakes

    I wanna know all your comments regarding this Alivio Mechanical Disc Brakes...and Which is better Tektro Novela rotor 160mm or Shimano rotor 160mm? state cheap but good calipers...

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    Shimano is a bit better than the Tektro. Avid mechanicals are a world apart from both. There is no reason to choose a non-Avid mechanical disc brake if you have a choice.
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    Personally, I'd take the Shimano offering over the Tektro. The Novella is actually quite poor IMHO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zebrahum View Post
    Shimano is a bit better than the Tektro. Avid mechanicals are a world apart from both. There is no reason to choose a non-Avid mechanical disc brake if you have a choice.
    This. If budget is REALLY an issue, then Shimano. But if you can scrape up the extra bucks for some BB7's - do that!

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    I'll have to disagree with those that say the Tektro Novelas are crap. I have them on my new Trek and they work just as well as any other brake I have used. It's all about proper setup. On the other hand I would say Avid offerings are far better.
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    Avid BB5s are still very good and better than the others. You can find them cheap.
    Like others have said. If you can afford them, get the Avid BB7s.
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    yea the avid bb5s are good imo.

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    You can dial in any mechanical disc brake and pair with with a good lever like an Avid FR-5 lever set and get good performance. Except for something like a crapidooty promax department store yoohoo brake.

    I rode on a pair of Tektro Aquilas that my riding buddy and I finagled onto my first disc compatible MTB for quite sometime. After much youtubing and foruming we got them dialed in and they hooked up great.

    Both brakes are good for XC or even trail riding if you got the hand strength.

    However, I too am a BB7 guy.

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    OK I'll still stick by my word and say Tektro Novela brakes have good stopping power. However they are a pin to dial in and service. The other day the rear brake develops a squeaking noise each time the brake was applied. Turned out the mechanism inside needed a drop of lube. Getting everything back together was a pain.
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