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    Mechanical or Hydraulic on Pugsley best?

    Pugsley - Mechanical disc or hydraulic discs for MN winter. teens to 0 usually.
    Which do you think would be best to use?

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    I have gone from using hydraulics to using mechanical..........

    After the sea ate my pistons !
    Life IS a Beach and then you Corrode :)

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    Mech disk like the BB7s are very reliable at all weather conditions, easy to service if
    needed and they work really good
    Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Feelygood !
    I have gone from using hydraulics to using mechanical..........

    After the sea ate my pistons !
    The Avid mechs corrode horribly in my experience if you don't pull them completely apart and Never-Sieze the threads annually. I don't see how going this direction would be an improvement. My Maguras hold up way better in corrosive environments than my Avids did. I rode the same Louise FRs on my Pugs for many years with no issues. They are by definition truly sealed, whereas the Avids let salt in everywhere.

    Just another data point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tscheezy
    The Avid mechs corrode horribly in my experience if you don't pull them completely apart and Never-Sieze the threads annually. I don't see how going this direction would be an improvement. My Maguras hold up way better in corrosive environments than my Avids did. I rode the same Louise FRs on my Pugs for many years with no issues. They are by definition truly sealed, whereas the Avids let salt in everywhere.

    Just another data point.
    Thanks for that Data

    I have not `dunked` the Avids yet

    Might have to re-visit the idea.

    The Hayes nine brakes pistons literally seized and then fell to bits !

    You can see why that put me off
    Life IS a Beach and then you Corrode :)

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    IMO if you don't rinse the brakes caliper simply with fresh water after a ride on the beach
    you will have maybe some probs the salt is the real prob not only for the brakes
    Life is like a ten speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use. Charles M. Schulz (1922 - 2000)

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    Yeah, I don't have any experience with Hayes, but I bet different manufacturers use different materials (probably including magnesium- the horror). If you want to avoid problems with your Avids, take them apart early in their life and put anti-sieze on the piston threads. The OP is riding in Minnesota. That could be very dry and not a corrosive environment if he stays off salted roads. This may be moot for him anyway.

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