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 Post subject: Hypothetical question
PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:36 am 
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Pretend you have £200 to spend on a modern disc brake upgrade (from an Avid Elixir 5). If so, for general xc, a little smattering of aggresive xc and a 17 stone lump of a rider, what would you get? This is the position I am in and I really want a Hope brake, but want other peoples opinions. Its a front disc btw, and I am a Hope fanboy but will consider my options.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:45 am 
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Of all the disc systems I've used over the years, I've personally preferred Hope. I use to run 4 pot on the front with a 185 disc, maybe you could run a larger disc?


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:51 am 
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I've got the new Shimano XT brakes and they're pretty darn impressive. Not pretty to look at, but the lever blade feels lovely and they are mega powerful. Very good value to.

I'd avoid Avid brakes...they don't have the best reputation for reliability and are a pain to look after.

Also consider Formulas. I think they're one of the nicest looking brakes out there at the moment and by all accounts they work really well too.

I'm in the minority in this country as I'm not a fan of Hope brakes; my M4's on the Tazer aren't great which is a shame as my E4's were one of the best brakes I've have had.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:14 am 
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Magura Marta with a 180mm rotor on the front. All the brake most people need in my opinion.
There were some in the classifieds :wink:


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:19 am 
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http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=235215

Magura Marta SLs

£200 delivered to UK seems like a sweet deal.

If I was needing them I would snap these up.

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:10 am 
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It's a no brainer! The Martas are as powerful as anything else out there, but are better made, have better feel, are MUCH easier to bleed, etc, etc...


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:55 am 
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Yep Martas all the way I'd have them on all my bikes if money were no object, mind you Formula K24s are a fantastic brake, almost up there with Marta and are stupidly cheap second hand. Shimano Saints are good too. Never liked Hope brakes really.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:15 pm 
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highlandsflyer wrote:
http://www.retrobike.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=235215

Magura Marta SLs

£200 delivered to UK seems like a sweet deal.

If I was needing them I would snap these up.

:)


If I had £200 going spare I'd snap them up - then I'd think of a need for them afterwards. Sweet, sweet brakes 8)


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Hope Tech M4's for me as that's what I've got and they're ace.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 6:11 pm 
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Lot of love for the Martas, they do get stonking reviews. No experience of them personally but red and white wont fit in my build unfortunately. Also, not sure I am a huge fan of the looks of the marta, I dont dislike them but they lact that certain something that makes me think wow.

I cant wait to get shot of my Avids, they arent the worst I have had, but just never fully got along with them. I really miss my old M4 brakes from my old Kona Stinky, they were awesome.

I only need a front brake too.


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