Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

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Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby rubez » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:05 am

Hi, I need the best budget hydraulic brakes that are easiest to maintain.

I'm reading that Shimano are the easiest?

I think maybe only higher models are easy to maintain, I'm sure the higher models (of my entry level brakes) had an extra feature that made them easier to bleed/refill? Something like an extra shut off valve :?:

I gather that all brakes come prefilled with oil when bought new, is this correct? Is cable length a standard size? (so no cutting)

Do all brakes come with lever, cable and caliper/pads ready to go?

The ones I had were Ryder Stroker, which were horrible.

Thanks.

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby 97th choice » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:09 am

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/shim ... prod114936


Very good entry level brakes, easy to bleed and top up, plus they use mineral oil rather than dot brake fluid. Cheaper suppliers may be available, you can do the googling yourself.

Whatever you get should come pre bled, fully connected and with pads etc. There is no guarantee that the hose lengths will be right whatever you get.
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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby rubez » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:14 am

I think I'd rather have some extra cable than go through trying to pressurise them again!

So these come with rotors, and two brakes for that price? Nice I am needing rotors too. Thought the price would be well into the £100 mark for everything.

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby 97th choice » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:21 am

Note they are centre lock rotors, you will need to see how your current ones connect to the hub
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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby rubez » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:27 am

Hmm... that is way above my head. How do I check?

I am getting new wheels, Superstar Tech2's.

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby 97th choice » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:35 am

http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-hel ... stallation

park tools is always useful. Read that and work out what you have bought.
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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby cooldad » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:36 am

They won't fit without adapters.
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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby rubez » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:46 am

Well, I don't have my wheels yet.

cooldad, how so?

What type do I need?

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby cooldad » Fri Feb 28, 2014 11:59 am

97th choice wrote:http://www.parktool.com/blog/repair-help/rotor-disc-service-and-installation

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby cooldad » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:00 pm

The SS wheels are 6 bolt fitting (most common), centrelock rotors won't fit without an adapter. SS sell adapters.
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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby rubez » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:06 pm

Ok, thanks. So can you get brakes with the 6-bolt setup? Or, rather it's just the rotor, isn't it?

Could I buy this brake set, frisbee the rotors away, and buy some 6-bolt type rotors?

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby RockmonkeySC » Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:55 pm

You might need to cut down hoses. The difference in hose length needed for different frames can be a lot and most new brakes have hoses long enough to fit anything.
I did get away with carefully cutting mine and ne bleeding when I fitted them.

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby The Rookie » Fri Feb 28, 2014 13:14 pm

Or just use the 6 bolt discs that are on your cube now and sell the CL discs as new.

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby rubez » Fri Feb 28, 2014 13:52 pm

Not sure if they are bent. With new wheels and new brakes, I'd rather go with new rotors too.

Really not wanting to cut the hoses... anyway of finding out their length beforehand?

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby jairaj » Fri Feb 28, 2014 14:25 pm

Contact the seller to check what length the hose is. They can be sold in many different sizes, but unless you have a large frame you usually need to shorten them a little.

It's really not that hard to shorten brake hose. If you are careful you can get away with just cutting the cable, use a new barb and olive and reconnect, no need to bleed. My new Shimano XT brakes took about 10mins to change both front and back.

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby 97th choice » Fri Feb 28, 2014 14:30 pm

With no disrespect to the OP, it sounds like he might be better off leaving it to a LBS
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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby cooldad » Fri Feb 28, 2014 14:46 pm

Or get a rigid with cantis, as he originally wanted.
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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby RockmonkeySC » Fri Feb 28, 2014 15:02 pm

Shimano hoses are usually 1 metre front, 1.7 metre rear. Even on a large frame downhill bike with 200mm forks they are way too long.

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby chrisw333 » Fri Feb 28, 2014 15:33 pm

Video on shortening the hose for Shimano saint brakes. I presume will be similar for the ones being discussed?

http://vimeo.com/18483045

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Re: Best budget brakes - easiest to maintain

Postby Ryan Jones » Fri Feb 28, 2014 15:53 pm

See whilst I'm generally in favour of reliable vs weight, I can't recall having any reliability issues as such with any of the disk brake sets I've had in the past short of Avid's being a pain to bleed, even old Juicy 3's ! I'd look at performance vs £££ vs spares availability and current deore sounds just the ticket


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