9 August 2007 - 13:59Give me a Brake
Since the installation of the Fluid 135 on my RIP9, my riding style has changed. I’ve become a little more daring, riding faster, taking slightly more difficult lines. Which is great, except for when you need to make tight turns or need to suddenly scrub speed.
The Avid Juicy Carbons, which function perfectly on my other bikes, seemed to be letting me down on the RIP. And it all seemed to coincide with the new fork.
So, I took the opportunity to try out Avid’s new Code brakeset, a burly looking 4 piston brake aimed at the freeride and DH market. I was pleasantly surprised that the front brake weighed only 42g more than the Carbon. They look heavy, but are under 400g a wheel (rotors and hardware not included). The levers pivot on big cartridge bearings, and have very smooth actuation. I did not swap my older Roundagon rotors for the new G2 Clean Sweeps, but after last night’s ride, I think I might.
I was expecting the brakes to need a break-in ride, and I am willing to concede that last night’s ride might not have been enough to get them good and grabby. I’m interested to see if changing the rotors have any affect on the stopping power. The housing also needs to be shortened.
The RIP is now weighing in at 29.75lbs, and I’m very pleased with the new performance these upgrades have afforded me.
I have my big road ride tomorrow, so I’ll be laying low for the weekend, but I do have some other exciting news, the return of Red 5!