New Brakes

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New Brakes

Postby Greer_ » Fri Oct 05, 2012 16:14 pm

I've started looking for new brakes as my current ones (Tektro Aurigua Comps) just don't seem to stop me anymore. It's not the pads fault, it just doesn't feel like they're powerful enough.

I'm looking at getting some Shimano Deore M596's for around £60 from rose bikes. Is there anything else I should be looking at? How do they compare to SLX's? I do have a limited budget due to the new student lifestyle!

I believe the brakes come the wrong way round so do I need new olives as well or are they reusable?

Would it also be worth upgrading the front to a 180mm rotor at the same time?

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Re: New Brakes

Postby The Rookie » Fri Oct 05, 2012 16:48 pm

No need for Olives to swap levers, but will often need a bleed.

Personallly I'd try and get some used SLX in v. good condition ahead of new Deores.

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Re: New Brakes

Postby Chunkers1980 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 16:49 pm

But you are Mr Used.

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Re: New Brakes

Postby The Rookie » Fri Oct 05, 2012 16:53 pm

Thats Used an abused to you Chunkers.....

I do believe in 'recycling' (Badoom....tish!), better components for less money, what's not to like! I do have new saddles though, and I'm sure I have some new parts on my bike somewhere........maybe!

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Re: New Brakes

Postby supersonic » Fri Oct 05, 2012 17:08 pm

No warranty and might be knackered lol. Can take a careful eye!

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Re: New Brakes

Postby dry664 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 17:21 pm

Unless you have the largest frame known to man you will want to trim the hoses when you do the swap. I got the SLX's and they came with a pair of spare olives. Instructions should also be in the box as well. And then might need a bleed.

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Re: New Brakes

Postby The Rookie » Fri Oct 05, 2012 18:20 pm

supersonic wrote:No warranty and might be knackered lol. Can take a careful eye!


Indeed.....been lucky so far!

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Re: New Brakes

Postby tarbot18 » Fri Oct 05, 2012 20:30 pm

Go for the deore m596 my mate has new xt s and i have new deore and we couldnt tell the difference trail riding . new deore are good brakes loads of power and £50 each end
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Re: New Brakes

Postby Greer_ » Fri Oct 05, 2012 21:13 pm

Roughly £32 each end! I think its a bargain! What makes the SLX's better? I think servowave (sp?) is in both? And that the M596 is better than the M595's.

Is a larger rotor worth it? I'm not overly heavy, only about 10.5-11 stone. Someone tell me the its brakes I have at the moment that are wick!

I was looking through the shimano webby and found something that said if you push the pistons out a bit, then swap the levers and trim the outers, any air that enters the system is pushed into the reservoir when the pistons are pushed back in. Will this work? I don't see why not!

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Re: New Brakes

Postby Northwind » Sat Oct 06, 2012 00:43 am

If the Aurigas are working right, they shouldn't lack power... Not the greatest feeling brake in the world but decent stoppers otherwise. (they're basically a ripoff of the older Shimano designs) I'd suggest new pads tbh, and possibly a bleed.
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Re: New Brakes

Postby Greer_ » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:15 am

They definitely don't need a bleed. And the fluid in the brakes at the moment isn't that old. New pads really didn't make much difference, went from the ones that were supplied with the brakes to SS kevlar. I just don't stop as quick as I'd like, and the feel of them is a bit strange from others I've tried.

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Re: New Brakes

Postby Northwind » Sat Oct 06, 2012 11:33 am

Something's wrong for sure- they're equal on power to the old M775s I replaced them with, and those are not weak brakes.
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