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    Time to upgrade the breaks. Any suggestions?

    I want to replace the useless brakes that came with my Cannondale Trail 3. I paid less then $1000 for the bike so it doesn't make sense to spend $400 on brakes. I have a $250-350 budget including labor. Any suggestions?

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    ahem... brakes

    get some Avid BB7s. get a larger rotor in the front if you can. get a pair of Speed Dial 7 levers too

    if you want to go hydro, get some Shimano SLX. Deore brakes are good too and cost a little less than SLX.

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    Labor? Get some BB7's with SD7 levers, install them yourself (it's easy), and save the $$ for something else. Just my $0.02...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkirby10 View Post
    Labor? Get some BB7's with SD7 levers, install them yourself (it's easy), and save the $$ for something else. Just my $0.02...
    This. Brakes are super easy to install. Especially mechanical. Do yourself a favor though and spring the extra cash for compressionless housing. I'm using Jagwire Ripcord and it seems to work quite well.

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    Time to upgrade the breaks. Any suggestions?

    My average ride has about 150' of vert per mile, no need for larger rotors. I'm running 160s front and rear. Oh and I am a Clydesdale, so take rotor advice with a grain of salt. If I was riding miles of downhill it might be a different story.
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    Nashbar has the new Shimano XT's on sale for $112 ea. I picked some up and installed them (including shortening the lines) myself and they are all that and a side of fries. I have some BB7's on my back up bike (though I might switch over the Elixirs I just removed). The BB7's work well and I have used them on a couple bikes over the years. They are easy to install, adjust and maintain but they are NOT giving you the effortless stopping power of XT's (or SLX for that matter).
    Regardless, good luck. Any of the suggestions above (and those yet to come) will be better than the Tektro crap that the bike surely came with.

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    SLX will do. Get the Icetech rotors. Same power as XT, but without the useless pad contact adjustment. I have XT and have never used the pad contact adjustment. These **** all over BB7s.
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    I agree with all the BB7 suggestions. I have them on 2 bikes. BB7's with SD7 levers and Jagwire housings = a nice set-up. Trouble free and super adjustable.

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    BB7's. Cheap, reliable, solid performance. It's exactly what you want on a SS.

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    BB7, Jagwire, SD7 here as well.

    Check out these links. I have them on my bookmark, and I just skim them through from time to time when I feel like doing some maintenance on my brakes (note "when I feel like" because they are low maintenance and I don't really have to do anything for 2-3 years at a time).

    Avid BB7 mini resource - How to set up the Avid BB7

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    Get some SLX. Keep the old brakes. When you decide to upgrade your bike, out the old brakes back on and keep your SLX.

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    I've ridden those Shimano mech discs. They're not that bad. I have BB7's on one of my bikes, but if I had those, I don't think I would switch to BB7's. Personally, there are other things on that bike I'd rather put money towards. Wheels, for instance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    BB7's. Cheap, reliable, solid performance. It's exactly what you want on a SS.

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    So if I get the BB7s, do I have to change my rotors? The bike has a small rotor up front and a larger one in the back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan Lloyd View Post
    So if I get the BB7s, do I have to change my rotors? The bike has a small rotor up front and a larger one in the back.
    I think that you can get the appropriate adapter for the rotor size and away you go. Also, put the big rotor up front. I'm in the bb7 camp as well btw. I have them on a couple rides as I think they are the best mech disc caliper one can get. The best feature for me is the ability to adjust the inner and outer pads. No problems. Happy rollin!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan Lloyd View Post
    So if I get the BB7s, do I have to change my rotors? The bike has a small rotor up front and a larger one in the back.
    Check your rotors and see if they say the size of the rotors. Then you can just get the adopters for them.

    But I think BB7's come with rotors. I run 185mm front and 160mm rear.

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    Check your bike manual and see if the frame can take 180mm rotor in the rear - some frames don't. If it does, then get them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dbhammercycle View Post
    ......you can get the appropriate adapter for the rotor size and away you go. Also, put the big rotor up front. I'm in the bb7 camp as well btw. I have them on a couple rides as I think they are the best mech disc caliper one can get. The best feature for me is the ability to adjust the inner and outer pads. No problems. Happy rollin!
    This or if you want hydros, go with the Shimano XT or SLX from Nashbar. I'm currently running bb7s on my SS, they were my backup spare brake set for when my hydros need service/warranty.

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    ahem... brakes

    get some Avid BB7s. get a larger rotor in the front if you can. get a pair of Speed Dial 7 levers too

    if you want to go hydro, get some Shimano SLX. Deore brakes are good too and cost a little less than SLX.

    Good info.
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    Okay, my LBS has the BB7s in stock. My question is, if I buy them, is the install pretty simple? Do I need to use new cables or can I use the ones already on my bike? I've never done any break maintenance, so I am as green as it gets. I do have a good book on bicycle repair that can probably get me through it. I guess I just want to know if its worth the $50 and 3 days without my bike, to have the LBS install them?

    Thanks

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    Shimano Deore

    I cannot say anything about BB7s except that they felt allright on the little loop I did with Unit that had them stock.

    But the mechanical brakes that I had on my bike stock where a PITA.

    I bought Shimano Deore hydraulics and couldn't be happier. They really have stopping power even with my dog-trailer. The best part is they don't break the bank. (Where actually cheaper than BB7) and my LBS gave me the knowledge to install and adjust the brakes. Theres really nice pdf on the internet to shorten the hoses without bleeding.
    http://api.viglink.com/api/click?for...13708957631446

    I also did some search on the internet and some say they're as good as SLX! Cheaper hydraulic brakes are also the most reliable for being simple.

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    I agree on the SLX or XTs. There really is nothing on the market that can match them when it comes to value, and their performance is stellar! I prefer Hope brakes overall, but they can't come close SLX or XT (cheaper than XTR though) for price/value.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkirby10 View Post
    Labor? Get some BB7's with SD7 levers, install them yourself (it's easy), and save the $$ for something else. Just my $0.02...
    What he said. BB7's are super easy to install and super easy to tweak; you can actually adjust each pad/side independently. BB7's can be had for under $100 and SD7's for like $20. Should not cost you more than $125ish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bkirby10 View Post
    Labor? Get some BB7's with SD7 levers, install them yourself (it's easy), and save the $$ for something else. Just my $0.02...
    This. Installation is easy and pad adjustment is something you should know. The one thing the shop will most likely do that you won't is true the rotors if needed. One thing you could do is see if you can set up an appt for the drop off, that way you can ride until the drop off time. The bike will most likely sit at the shop for the majority of the time it's there for the 3 days. It's never a bad thing to know how to make small adjustments to the ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KK89 View Post
    I cannot say anything about BB7s except that they felt allright on the little loop I did with Unit that had them stock.

    But the mechanical brakes that I had on my bike stock where a PITA.

    I bought Shimano Deore hydraulics and couldn't be happier. They really have stopping power even with my dog-trailer. The best part is they don't break the bank. (Where actually cheaper than BB7) and my LBS gave me the knowledge to install and adjust the brakes. Theres really nice pdf on the internet to shorten the hoses without bleeding.
    http://api.viglink.com/api/click?for...13708957631446

    I also did some search on the internet and some say they're as good as SLX! Cheaper hydraulic brakes are also the most reliable for being simple.
    BB7s are the best mechanical disk brakes. I've had several SRAM hydro setups and while cheaper than Shimano they are a pita to bleed.

    Nice little SHimano hose shortening sheet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Evan Lloyd View Post
    Okay, my LBS has the BB7s in stock. My question is, if I buy them, is the install pretty simple? Do I need to use new cables or can I use the ones already on my bike? I've never done any break maintenance, so I am as green as it gets. I do have a good book on bicycle repair that can probably get me through it. I guess I just want to know if its worth the $50 and 3 days without my bike, to have the LBS install them?

    Thanks
    Here's how to do it with SRAM video, they have good youtube vids from mfr for this.

    How to install Avid BB7 disc brakes
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    Thanks guys. This is great information. I really appreciate it. My LBS has the brakes in stock. I'l going to buy them and install them myself.

    Thanks again.

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