Mechanical disc brakes provide excellent stopping power and are easy to service. The Hayes MX-5 caliper is forged, which means it's strong. In order to make pad adjustments, you use a 5mm Allen key. This is something every home bike mechanic has in their toolbox. Hayes has included a 160mm V series rotor with the MX-5 to get you on the trail faster.
If you're looking for a disc brake that's simple, provides plenty of stopping power with minimal finger strength and won't burn a whole in your wallet, then look no further.
I've had experience with hydraulic and mechanical brakes from multiple brands and found this setup allows me to really enjoy mountain biking. Right now i utilize the Hayes caliper and rotor with Avid levers on my hardtail 29er. I can stop when i need to STOP and I spend almost no time adjusting/maintaining the brakes.
Only reason these brakes don't get 5 stars is because they're not ideal for all types of biking.
PROS: Great stopping power, Simple maintenance, cheap
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