Pros: - A step above mech brakes, but just a step
- Smooth lever
Cons: - Poor modulation
- Require multiple bleeds for them to take
- Long break in period
Recommendation: You get what you pay for. Juicy 3s are fairly cheap now-a-days but there is a reason. They offer very poor modulation and little power for a hydro brake. Plus they require multiple bleeds in order for them to take and the pads take a much longer period to break in than others.
However once you do get things broken in they work pretty well... granted only for a short period of time. Then you have to go through it all again.
Cons: Not many adjustments
Both of my reservoir caps leak
Recommendation: I have these on my Airborne Taka. I have to say, they stop really well with as big and heavy as the Taka is. I'm also using 8" rotors. My only gripe is the reservoir caps leaking and taking the paint off. Of course, this bike sits a lot which is my fault.
Recommendation: These are some sweet freaking brakes! I have never experienced stopping power like I have with these on my DH big with a pair of big 'ole rotors. These things will bring you down from 45 mph to nothing in no time. When one of my friends jumped on to give my rig a try, he said that he was more afraid of the brakes' stopping power than he was the trail! Once you're used to them, these brakes will rock your stopping world!
Cons: Either there is a turkey stuck in my rear hub, or these are some noisy brakes.
Recommendation: My first hydraulic, these guys have tripled my confidence. I know it is an old chestnut, but better brakes do make you faster. Add the fact that they have been low maintenance and now headache, yeah, I like these bad boys.