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    Advice on Hope Mini's and/or Hayes Strokers for freeride

    I'm looking to pick up a set of hope mini's for a pretty good deal. They're listed as XC brakes though, will I be disappointed if I use them for light to med. freeride and the occasional Whistler?

    Also, if this deal doesn't go through I may just pick up a set of Strokers since they seem like the best brake for the price (although I'm open to suggestions). Side by side which would be the better set? Strokers or Mini's

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    I can't advise you to go with the Minis.
    I occasionally overheated my Minis with 180/160 rotors descending several hundred feet on my SS. I can't see how they could handle a heavier FR bike moving at higher speeds.

    I can't comment on the Hayes.

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    they are certainly xc brakes.

    m4s and upwards if you want hope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    I can't advise you to go with the Minis.
    I occasionally overheated my Minis with 180/160 rotors descending several hundred feet on my SS. I can't see how they could handle a heavier FR bike moving at higher speeds.

    I can't comment on the Hayes.

    Mmmm...good to know.
    FWIW I'm trying to stop a Transition Bottlerocket weighing in at 40lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlippinSweet
    Mmmm...good to know.
    FWIW I'm trying to stop a Transition Bottlerocket weighing in at 40lbs.
    Hope Minis are a terrible choice

    What's your budget for 2 complete brakes with rotors ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Squeaky Wheel
    Hope Minis are a terrible choice

    What's your budget for 2 complete brakes with rotors ?
    200$ max for both front and rear.
    Yeah, I'm on a budget which is why I was wondering about the minis (some dude selling locally).
    Right now I'm riding with Hayes Nines and I'm a little underwhelmed.

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    Strokers are awesome brakes they offer excellent feel N feed back & will not complain about haullin down 40+rider lbs.

    Check ebay they have some smokin deals sometimes.

    http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trk...ker&_sacat=382
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    My money would go to the Mini's. With proper rotor size (front 8" rear 7") and brake pads(semi-metalic) you will be just fine. The Mini's will deal with the heat much better than the Hayes. Brake pad size is almost the same but if you take into account the calipers ability to dissapate the heat, the Mini's are the better choice. With either brake you will have to allow for some cool down time if you are doing Whistler runs.

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    Better go for some Avid Code 5s or some Shimano disc (XT or LX, Saint) with 8" f+r

    You should be able to get a set for cheap. Those brakes are better in heat+fading resistance.
    But the Stroker Trail seems to be really good too!

    I´d stay away from the Minis. They´re awesome brakes, but really are made for XC use.
    Better get something with a little more material.
    The brake really is the worst place to save weight, especially on a FR rig.

    I mean, you´re not satisfied with your current Hayes, why bother with a lightweight XC brake?

    Greetings ZNarf

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    I am in the same boat and was also looking at the Hope Minis or Stroker Trail as my budget is limited too at the moment. If it wasn't I'd have a set of Hope Mono 6's or V2's on the way. I've heard the same, the minis are not for freeride/DH, so they are out. I went with the Stroker Trail. Loved my HFX 9's...for the money can't beat Hayes.

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    If you're on a tight budget but want big brakes, try and hunt down some of the early 2-piece M4's (like these or these), the ones with the same lever as the original Mono brakes. Very easy to service and maintain, you should be able to pick up a F/R pair for less than $120. You can upgrade to the black/gold Mono M4 calipers later on if you want.

    This auction may be worth keeping an eye on.
    Last edited by SteveUK; 06-16-2008 at 12:03 PM.

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