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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:30 pm 
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Location: Runcorn
I'm tweaking the bike (it already runs, it just isn't perfect) mostly for riding local backroads and trails there are - alll really light stuff, unfortunately.

If anyone has experience of the following, I'd appreciate advice:

Marys vs Fleegles
- Any issues other than Marys rake more than Fleegles??
- Any advice on cromo vs alu Marys?
- I'll need to use a quill to ahead adaptor to get the front load stem the Marys will need; I've heard the BBB adaptor is best?

HS33 v SL7
- The 33s would be used and the SL7s new, with speed dial levers
- I need to unhook the front wheel after ever ride for storage; easier with the SL7s?
- SL7s are damn good in every way including modulation?
- The 33s would be overkill, but are undoubtedly better, especially re modulation?
- Any issues to watch for with used 33s? Any like problems combining with the Marys?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 3:53 pm 
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Location: New Forest, UK
I run Marys on a my tandems with HS33. Maguras fit and work very nicely on the bars.

What you notice is that you need a slightly longer stem (+10-20mm or so) with Marys or the front goes a bit light. Cromo ones are heavier and stronger but overkill for most usage.

Maguras are brilliant as fit and forget brakes - clip in some new pads every now and then and that's about it. The modulation is great - and they are powerful enough to stop a loaded touring tandem without fuss in torrential rain on a 1:4 Devon hill. Personally I think that discs are a bit more fiddly to get to run smoothly if you always swap the wheel out, but I'm sure others may disagree.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 4:16 pm 
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Have a pair of Ali Mary's
Never got on with them off road ,found my hands got moved to the outside of the bars all the time ,especially
On fast descents

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 7:45 pm 
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Location: New Forest
HS33s; fit once. Forget about them.

Reliable, Heavy, feel great, powerful, QR is great once you get the knack (I find disks fiddlier). Love them.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 8:06 pm 
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HS33 every time will stop a runaway elephant with ease well in my case a Rhino anyway. Very easy to swap a front wheel out with no fiddling.

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