- Indestructible Brakes Or Economically Repairable Ones.
Rebuildable – just replace the tiny circlip with a heat resistant O-ring.
Not the ultimate brake out there but more than adequate and they're light. And you'll see them on bikes where obviously price was no object even though there are blinger brakes.Posted 7 years agoalaricMember
I don't know what the current crop are like, but I'm still running Hope C2's on one of my bikes, bought in 2001, not made since shortly after.
They've not required a lot of maintenance over the years, the only damage they've ever had has been a couple of bent rotors, and I can still get parts for them when they need serviceing…
I've also had Hayes 9 & El Camino, Juicy 5 & 7, & Shimano cable operated (poo) and the Hope have certainly been the best of the bunch for reliabilty.
Alaric.Posted 7 years agoSurrounded By ZulusMember
Mostly seized pistons that cant be removed not matter how much I persevere. Although the Elixirs seals and master cylinder went at the same time as the pistons decided to **** up. It is not a case of poor maintenance and I unfortunately don't get to ride a hell of a lot so they are not getting worn out.Posted 7 years agotomasoSubscriber
I've run a set of Shimano Deore disc brakes since 2003 with no maintenance other than pad changes and some fresh oil. In Morzine when other peoples Hope and other superdooper brakes were boiling up the good old mineral oil Deores kept offering their reasonable performance.
There are better brakes but the Deores are cheap and are long lasting with minimal fuss.Posted 7 years agoU31
Another Shimano M535 M585 vote here…Posted 7 years ago
Always always always work. Not fantasticly powerful like my hayes 9's, but i know when i pull that lever the bike will slow down.trail_ratMember
vote for hopes here
was rebuilding c2s as a 13 year old kid – simple to work on work good
had e4s , m4s and minis since then
moved onto shimano as they were cheaper – found out why recently – the seals blow and are not replacable ….
hope are great at keeping spares to keep old systems going , avid , shimano and hayes – all stop making spares soon after (if they ever made any )
all brakes go wrong as some point.
or bb7s as per epi – if you cant get them feeling sweet then you need to go to a propperly qualified person – i love them for simplicity !Posted 7 years agobill oddieMember
i rate shimano SLX brakes highly. i've got two sets (one for DH, one for XC)and they both work ace. in about 2 1/12 years i've had to bleed one of them once and thats it.
having said that, i'd warranty the elixirs sounds like a manufacturing defect to me. SRAM were well good at all the races i went to this year for servicing stuff and replacing faulty products.Posted 7 years ago
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