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a-d-s
04-27-2009, 08:51 PM
Anyone run these? Looking at them for my XC/AM budget build. Looks like they have dual pistons and are fairly light. My only comparison is Hayes Nines so I am easy to please.

Thx - A




J-Kwon
04-27-2009, 08:56 PM
LOL hayes nines. Anything in the market will be superior to those. Hell, you could grab cheap juicy 3s.

a-d-s
04-27-2009, 09:58 PM
Was looking at 3's as well. Aren't they single piston? Anyone running 3's?

biggles604
04-27-2009, 10:10 PM
Juicy 3s feel exactly like 5s and sevens when set up right. The differences are:
No adjustable banjo on the caliper to change hose position angle.
No lever breakaway like the 5 or seven.
Comes with cheap rotors and semi-organic pads.
No pad contact adjust.

Change the rotor, change the pads and they feel like 5s once set up.

SammyJ
04-27-2009, 10:14 PM
Was looking at 3's as well. Aren't they single piston? Anyone running 3's?

Single piston, yes. Well, I mean there are (2) pistons in total, one per side. Not like in a car where a single piston means a floating caliper system.

The BR-M525 is the same setup.

http://techdocs.shimano.com/media/techdocs/content/cycle/EV/bikecomponents/BR/EV-BR-M525F-BL-M525-2092E_v1_m56577569830654472.pdf

J-Kwon
04-27-2009, 10:25 PM
Was looking at 3's as well. Aren't they single piston? Anyone running 3's?

juicy 3s are crazy strong when set-up right.

IFO
04-28-2009, 02:40 AM
i run those exact Shimano hydros on my XC bike..

work fantastic.. same awesome Shimano lever feel with really decent power,and pad life..

certainly not the brute power of my Saints but def. good enuf for XC/AM..

if u can find a set dont be worried about them being enuf brake..im sure you'll like em...

just to be certain, my caliper looks just like this one..

http://velospec.com/components/shimano/brm525

philly56
04-28-2009, 07:41 AM
I've got those brakes on one of my 2 bikes and they are good. Way better than hayes 9's. And I prefer them over the juicy 3 and 5 because of lever shape and feel, personal preference I know but you asked!

Tom P
04-28-2009, 07:49 AM
work fantastic.. same awesome Shimano lever feel with really decent power,and pad life..

certainly not the brute power of my Saints but def. good enuf for XC/AM..


agreed.

walleater
04-28-2009, 08:03 AM
I can only recall ever seeing one faulty Shimano brake. As for Avid.....

I'd take the Shimano based on reliability and also the fact the open backed design of the brake makes changing pads stupidly easy. Avid can be a pain in the ass as the pistons often don't want to push all the way back into the caliper.

Avid tend to be more powerful though if that really matters.

a-d-s
04-28-2009, 05:51 PM
Awesome, thanks everyone!!!