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    New rider, New Bike, New Brakes?1

    This is my first post on the forum. I am a larger rider, 6ft 3, 285lbs and love the sport. I recently purchased a 2011 Trek 4300 Disc to get into the sport. The bike is great, It handles everything I've thrown at it on the singletrack. The only gripe I have with the bike is with the brakes. It has promax hornet hydolic discs and I must say they are trash. They are constantly needing the be realigned and make nasty noises with any heat.

    I was thinking of upgrading to Hayes Stroker Ace Discs as these are 4 piston brakes they seem extremely heavy duty and have good reviews. Would this be a good option? Also, Are the actualy promax brake discs on the bike ok or should I upgrade those as well?

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    Pretty much anything that is on the market now is better than your Promax hydraulics. And anything you buy comes with new rotors if buying new.

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    Oh I was not aware. So If I purchase new front and rear brakes each set will come with a new rotor?

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    Yes. And at your size, I would go with a minimum of a 180mm front. A 160mm rear rotor suffices for most people.

    The Hays Stroker 4 pots you mentioned will be a fine selection.

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    Thanks for the advice. On all the website It says "does not include rotor or adapter". I suppose I could use the current discs with the new brakes and then upgrade in the future?

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    most of the brakes that come with entry level bikes suck. I work at a bike shop and every time I build a bike like that, I have a really hard time getting the brakes to work well and not make noises. I am sure it's a lot worse when you're a heavy rider. check the Brake Time forum for more detailed info about brakes. I run Avid BB7 mechanical discs on my bike and I love them.

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    The website I'm looking at states that it comes with a 160mm rotor and bracket.

    http://www.hayesdiscbrake.com/brakes...r/stroker-ace/

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    I guess that is just to post the weight. The discs on the bike now wouldn't hurt anything though correct?

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    They would work fine.

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