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Hayes Stroker Ace Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

Average User Rating: (Very Good)
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

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“Simple and Strong”

The Good: 4-piston calipers. Great power. Lever adjustment.

The Bad: No modulation. Lacks contact adjustment.

Overall Review:

This is the start of my third season with the same Hayes Stroker Ace brakes. Since purchasing them they have run countless miles of downhill trails, jumps and attempts to get some street tricks on. These are the strongest breaks I have run to date, often allowing me to wait until the lastmoment before making a quick squeeze on the lever the achieve my desired speed. These brakes make me feel faster than other breaks I have run. With four pistons, and a large pad, these things are born for long descents.

However, the technology of Hayes gravity brakes is falling behind. Almost every other company sells brakes with all the adjustments and power of the Ace, but add in brake modulation for better braking on lone and hard pulls, as well as pad contact adjustment point to help the rider find the perfect spot to start slowing down. This makes for a simple brake to set up,but leads the Ace to engage the pads early and hard in the lever pull range. Riders who tend to grip overly hard while braking will want to look elsewhere.

The worst part, is that Hayes has put much of the missing technology into their Prime Brakes, so why not carry it over into the Stroker Ace?

The bottom line is that while I personally feel like they fit into my riding style, I also believe that they are not a brake for everyone.

“Stroker Ace”

The Good: I found these brakes bed in really fast and the power was there after a few runs and once the brakes are fully worn in the power is unbelievable! It definitely is a good thing that they are not this powerful straight off the bat because it allows the rider to get progressively used to such a strong brake.

The Bad: The only downfall I think is the lack of modulation especially on the front it seems. The range of the lever when pulled between off and on is quite small and it took some time to get used to not over braking or sliding.

Overall Review: I have not had a chance to ride the brakes in the mud/rain but they work well in the dry and the pad longevity is really good. I have plenty of meat left on them after a lot of harsh riding. Im really impressed with these brakes and the modulation issue is just something which the rider learns to adapt to
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry

Specifications

Riding Type Trail, Freeride, Downhill, Dirt Jump / Urban
Lever Material Aluminum
Mount Style International standard
Rotor Sizes 160, 180, or 203mm
Rotor Mounting 6-bolt international standard
Fluid Type DOT4
Colors Frosty Silver
Weight

160mm: 0 lb 15.5 oz (440 g)

180mm: 1 lb 1.2 oz (488 g)

203mm: 1 lb 2.3 oz (520 g)

Miscellaneous Sintered metallic pads and tool-free reach adjustment
Price $242.00
More Info Hayes website
Vital MTB Retail Partners:
Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry