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    Brake Differences

    I don't know a great deal about brakes, but I am looking at two hardtails at this time. One comes with Hayes HFX-9, Hydraulic with 6" rotors and the other bike comes with Avid BB-7, Mechanical with 6" rondagon rotors.

    Which brakes do you think are better and why. These brakes are both on hardtail bikes.

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    HFX-9 has durability issues and no modulation. Avid BB-7 is better, easy to set-up, easy to adjust.

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    Quote Originally Posted by River Hill
    I don't know a great deal about brakes, but I am looking at two hardtails at this time. One comes with Hayes HFX-9, Hydraulic with 6" rotors and the other bike comes with Avid BB-7, Mechanical with 6" rondagon rotors.

    Which brakes do you think are better and why. These brakes are both on hardtail bikes.
    The Avids are a top of the line mechanical brake.

    The Hayes are a middle of the road hydraulic brake.

    Some peoples opinion are that the hayes have no modulation, I adjsut to that by not pulling as hard with my fingers (Manual modulation )

    I have never been a fan of the effort required to engage mechanical brakes, and would take the Hydraulics in a second.

    Hydraulics take a bit more mechanical knowledge for setup, but durability on both is good.

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    hayes vs bb7

    I've got identical bikes, one with bb7s and one with Hayes 9s. I just got back from Moab with my bb7 ride and I loved every minute of it there. Modulation? Sheeit, all I know is that I could stop quickly when I wanted to with minimal effort and could dial the pads in or out to either adjust my lever feel or get rid of pad rub. I just rode my Hayes bike and liked the lever feel, but, dam sam, I wish I could dial out the pad rub! One of these days a brake manufacturer will design a hydraulic brake system that a rider can dial out that confounded pad rub like I can with my bb7s and that sucker will set new sales records for all the frustrated hydro pad-rub victims. I know there are reasons why hydros are "better" but it drives me nuts knowing I can stop "just as well" with my bb7s but have to put up with pad-rub with my Hayes.

    For the technotypes out there--why the heck CAN"T a hydro system be designed to be dialable like my bb7s????? Is there some real-world fact that just makes it impossible to do this, or are the hydro makers just lazy and think the status quo is OK??

    Bottom line is--I like my bb7s more than my Hayes. There, I said it.

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