Brakes Mountain Bike Reviews

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While many different companies and manufacturers produce mountain bike brakes, there are just a few main types: rim brakes, mechanical disc brakes, and hydraulic disk brakes.

Rim brakes, including Y-brakes and cantilever brakes, are an older style of brake that is no longer found on new mountain bikes today. You may find still find them on cyclocross bikes and road bikes, but even in those applications rim brakes are being replaced by disc brakes However, many older mountain bikes still run these brakes, and perform fine. Almost all rim brakes are mechanical, meaning they are cable-actuated.

The most affordable type of mountain bike disc brake is a mechanical brake. These brakes are cable-actuated, and are much easier to service and maintain than hydraulic disc brakes.

While mechanical brakes are more affordable, hydraulic disc brakes are the most popular, and are generally considered to be the best. Hydraulic brakes, sometimes referred to as "hydros," can provide more stopping power, as well as better modulation than mechanical brakes.

Popular brake manufacturers include Avid, Shimano, Formula, Magura, and Hayes. When researching your next brake purchase, it's also a good idea to examine the best brake cables, brake hoses and fittings, brake levers, brake calipers, brake rotors, and brake pads.

Product NamePriceRating
Ashima Airotor
Avid Avid G2CS
Avid Elixir 9
Avid Elixir CR (X9) 209.00
Avid Elixir R 130.00
Avid Juicy Ultimate 500.00
Avid X0 Trail 310.00
Dirty Dog Web Rotor 38.95
Formula C1 159.00
Formula R1 330.00
Formula The One 330.90
Hayes Stroker Ace 232.00
Hope Tech X2
Jagwire Ripcord Brake Kits
Magura Gustav_M 320.00
Magura Luise BAT 140.00
Magura MT2
Magura Venti rotor 57.00
Shimano Saint M820 224.00
Shimano Shimano Deore M596 Hydraulic
Shimano Shimano Deore XT Brake Levers
Shimano Shimano XT M785 Disc Brake Caliper and Levers 159.99
Shimano SM-BH90-SB 40.00
Shimano XT RT75 6-Bolt ISO Disc Rotor 40.00
Shimano Zee Brakes 249.90
SRAM Guide RSC
SRAM X0
Sturmey-Archer X-FD 60.00
Tektro Auriga Comp
Twenty6 Dualie 75.00
Hope Tech M4
Avid BB7 90.00
Avid Code Disc Brake 230.95
Shimano XT M775 330.00
Hayes Stroker Trail 230.00
Avid Elixir 3
Avid Juicy Carbon
Formula Oro k24 266.00
Formula RX
Hayes Prime 198.00
Hayes Stroker Gram 275.00
Hayes V7 Rotor
Magura Marta SL 300.00
Shimano SLX M-666 124.99
Avid Juicy 7 160.00
Avid Elixr 5 125.00
Hayes V6 Rotor
Avid Speed Dial 7 28.00
Avid Juicey Three 102.00
Alligator Wind Cutters/ Seration
Avid Disk Brake Bleed Kit
Avid HS-1 Rotor 40.00
Avid Single Digit 7
Avid X0 245.00
Hayes Hayes MX-5 Mechanical Disc Brake 39.99
Hayes MX2
Hayes Sole
Hayes Stroker Carbon
Hayes V8 Rotor
Hope Floating Rotor 50.00
Hope Mono Mini
Magura Julie 126.00
Magura Marta
Shimano RT-86 55.00
Shimano Shimano M395
Shimano SLX M665 160.00
Tektro M-530 V-Brake System 26.00
Hayes HFX 9 XC
Avid Elixir CR 159.00
Hayes MX3
Avid Elixir 1 120.00
Tektro Novela Sport
Tektro OEM brake lever 10.00
Avid Juicy 5
Avid Elixer 1 120.00
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