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    After ordering Avid J 7's I see many complaints, should I worry?

    My 2008 Avid Juicy 7's arrive tomorrow and now that they are almost here I am finding more and more complaints online about them. Are these as problematic as I have been reading or do all brakes have as many complaints? How many own them without problems? Aaron

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    when you get them bleed them properly, avids factory bleeds suck. other than that keep an eye on pad life, mine have been problem/maintnence free for about a year of abuse now

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    The thing with reviews is that that people who have no problems tend not to write a review.

    The brakes should be fine.
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    I really like my Juicy 7's. I've used them for about 1 1/2 seasons on my Specialized Demo 9 with the factory bleed without any problems.

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    you're fine

    I've got J7s on my Motolite that came from my old Rush. You'll be fine. Parts are readily available so if something does happen you're covered. Plus they are way easy to align and service.

    Thing is there are alot of armchair mt bikers on this forum who have alot of free time at work.

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    Pretty much "ditto" what everyone else said. There are so many more J7's on the market since they are OEM on a lot of bikes that in sheer numbers, there are going to be more problems....but % wise, it's probably not that far off other brands.

    The great thing about J7's is that they are so popular you can always find help with them if problems arise and parts are just as easy to find and cheaper than most brands.

    And just like everyone else said, you hear more problems because they're the only ones that are going to write a report on it. Most of my buddies ride j7's and have never had any problems in 2 years of riding....not even a bleed. In fact, look at this thread: http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=421099

    Not surprised that Avid is # 1.

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    I just replaced my problem prone early production ( Fall 2004) '05 J7's with '08 J7's. It was a tough call...J7's again or something else. Cost wise, it's hard to beat the J7's.

    Paula has been riding her 2007 SJ with J7's for over a year now with zero issues. Based on that, I figured I'd give them another go...
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    Thanks! I feel a little better. UPS should be dropping them off in an hour or so.
    Love getting new stuff! Aaron

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    I've got 7's on one bike and Carbons on the other. Other than occasional squeal (mostly due to dirt), no issues here. Fine brakes.
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    I had to trim the front line WAY down on my Avid Codes. I also had to bleed both front and rear. There was a mess of air in the lines.
    Meh.

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    Thanks again! I just finished installing mine and they are fantastic so far, I do have a little drag on the rear I need to work on but other than that they are a major upgrade from the stock Tecktro's. My front line is about 6" to long so I guess I will have to trim it down after I order the bleed kit.
    I installed a pair of Sram Attack shifters at the same time, they are very nice, at least they are better than the stock Shimano brake/shift combo that came on the bike. I am having a little trouble getting the front derailleur adjusted but I'm sure I will get it fixed.
    Thanks again! Aaron

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaron04
    I am having a little trouble getting the front derailleur adjusted but I'm sure I will get it fixed.
    Thanks again! Aaron
    Ha! I've NEVER had that problem before!

    Keep at it...you'll get it working...
    Never be afraid to try something new.

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