Hayes Stroker Trail Brake Review

4.58 out of 5
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April 9, 2016
Pros: Great brake feel, adjustable lever, fit my jagwire hose kit and adapter kit

Cons: None yet just installed them

Recommendation: These were an upgrade for my 2003 specialized enduring expert. It had originally come with Hayes hfx-9 brakes but I wanted to use a jagwire hydraulic hose kit in sterling silver so it would match the derailed lines I had put on. The jagwire adapter kit didn't fit the hfx-9 though so I went searching for new brakes and eventually decided on the stroker trails. So far I am very happy with my puchase and can finally put my mind at ease cause the brake and derailler lines match. I'm sure most people will think it's dosent matter but I have an eye for detail and couldn't rest until it finally all came together and now looks as good as it brakes!!

December 17, 2012
Model/Year: 2010 (white)

Pros: -Great stopping power
-Good modulation

Cons: -Bleeding isn't the easiest but it's not as hard as my Avid Elixirs
-Stock pads wore fast

Recommendation: These are great hydraulic brakes for the money. I do not recommend using them without Hayes rotors. I ran them with Avid cleansweep rotors initially and was not at all happy with the performance until I installed Hayes rotors.

December 17, 2012
Pros: - easy to adjust
- lots of adjustment
- have been very durable
- have been a perfect XC brake

Cons: -levers loosen over time and can rattle a bit over chudder
- not the easiest to bleed
- pads aren't the more popular usualy have to get em online

Recommendation: I have used these brakes for about 4 years and I love them. they have been very durable as I have abused these brakes in all kinds of conditions and have been flipped wheels over handlebars several times. They have never negatively effected my ride!

December 12, 2012
Model/Year: 2009

Pros: Cheap. They'll get the job done for XC riding and the majority of trail rides that don't include long DH sections.

Cons: Not simple to bleed. Need to switch the fluid out to DOT 5 to get less fade. Much stronger brakes out on the market now.

Recommendation: These can be found for cheap now that the model is discontinued. As said above, they'll get the job done for most XC and trail rides. Good for a starter hydro or a back up set.

December 11, 2012
Model/Year: 2009

Pros: Awesome stopping power, especially when coupled with a 180mm front disk. Adjustable lever pull is awesome and very quick. Very easy to modulate braking.

Cons: Rears sing a bit, though that might be the fault of the pads and not the brake system as a whole. I need to look at whether one pad is making contact with the rotor and see if I can adjust that.

Recommendation: First intro to hydraulic brakes and I'm sold. I liked mechanical due to their simplicity, but the feel, control, and power I get with the hydraulic are just incredible.

March 9, 2012
Pros: Very strong brakes, great modulating, adjustable levers, and easy set-up

Cons: None, but can see why white is not too popular...LOL

Recommendation: Great stopping power, very durable, looks great, ease of mounting and maintenance, and great value. A step up from the Rydes which are good, but not like the Trails.

October 26, 2011
Pros: Supper grippy, adjustable lever, nice reach and easy setup.

Cons: White gets dirty from brake dust.

Recommendation: Rotors a little thick, but durable. Great stopping power and value.

February 14, 2011
Pros: Great stopping power. I like the easy reach adjustment

Cons: nothing

Recommendation: I think theses brakes are great. i've had no problems with them and bleeding hasnt been an issue for me

October 1, 2010
Pros: Good brake, descent modulation, reach adjust, does its job.

Cons: pain in the ass to bleed, a lot of slop in the lever.

Recommendation: These are a good trail brake, but fade on long descents, a royal pain to bleed, needs bleeding a couple of times a season after heavy use. Also has quite a bit of slop that can't be adjusted out of the lever leaving an inconsistant feel at the levers.

April 13, 2010
Pros: Very smooth modulation, great stopping power, easy adjustment, all at a lower cost.

Cons: None yet.

Recommendation: I agree with element with the DOT 5.1, works so much better or more fluid with it. Pretty much the same verdict as element.

Hayes Stroker Trail 4.58 out of 5 based on 13 ratings. 13 user reviews.