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I am about to custom build a 2011 Scalpel Ultimate and wondered who can advise me on the best options for disc brakes... I want it custon but reliable... and wondering what Magura/Hope/Avid/etc options I should consider specifying on the bike...

 

Any help appreciated - please specify make and model and your feelings on each.

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Something very nice would be the Hope Race x2

 

Complete Set - 267g with the 160mm 3 Bolt Rotor

Complete Set - 284g with 160mm 6 bolt Lightweight Floating Rotor

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Dont get Avid, I have the CR Carbons and they are not nice, makes noise, feels crap and they tend to fail on high speed.....(evans epic)

 

I think the Formula R1's would be your best bet in the weight department. Then the new XTR's are also very nice I had them on my 29er.

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Formula R1's - very light with fantastic power.

If you're going XTR for your transmission you may as well use the XTR brakes as well - I understand they are a giant leap forard from Shimano's previous offerings.

In my experience - anything but Avid :thumbdown:

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dont touch avid's - if your building a scalpel ultimate i take it budget not an issue so go for the Formula R1's - unbelievable braking system, lightweight and powerful!! :thumbup:

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Why not Avids?

 

I've run Juicy 5s for at least 3 years with no issues and minimal mainenance and they have more than enough power on a very hard working trailbike.

 

Are the newer Avids different / worse?

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Why not Avids?

 

I've run Juicy 5s for at least 3 years with no issues and minimal mainenance and they have more than enough power on a very hard working trailbike.

 

Are the newer Avids different / worse?

i had the XX's on my bike for a while - found stopping power really wasnt great, often very noisy under breaking, and just felt for that price they were really terribly over rated!!

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Why not Avids?

 

I've run Juicy 5s for at least 3 years with no issues and minimal mainenance and they have more than enough power on a very hard working trailbike.

 

Are the newer Avids different / worse?

Can't comment on the 5's and 3's but the XX and CR models are not great

 

A.They are a beeeeatch to bleed(but maybe that is just me)

B.They use Dot5 fluid which chows up internals(little rubber o-rings)

C.They modulate and have the stopping power of cheaper sets...kinda like rip and grip stuff

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No comments on the Hygia SLP? I havent used them but I hear they are decent

I know they are not top end, but it would bve good to get some feedback on them

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No comments on the Hygia SLP? I havent used them but I hear they are decent

I know they are not top end, but it would bve good to get some feedback on them

Formula R1 :thumbup: I have Formula RX on my bike and they are very close,just cheaper but not as light.

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