These Jagwire Hyflow hose kits are a great alternative to stock hoses, and sometimes even cheaper than the originals. I have used them to replace damaged hoses, as well as taking advantage of the color options to customize my builds.
If you dont already know, all of the hoses are the same. They come with a "quick fitting" crimped onto both ends of the hose (enough hose for both a front and rear brake on a large bike) which you need to buy the appropriate fitting kit for your specific brakes. Stock on these fittings can be kinda hard to come by, and make sure you do your homework on the Jagwire website first to make sure you order the right pair.
I have also found that bleeding these lines can be VERY tricky as air gets trapped in them and is hard to get out. I think it has to do with the extra fitting connection that makes them "universal"...
TIP: when you are bleeding them, get a friend to flick and tap up and down the hose while turning and bumping the lever and caliper to get any extra little air bubbles out.
ONCE THEY ARE BLEAD. THEY ARE JUST AS GOOD, IF NOT BETTER THAN THE STOCK HOSES!
PROS: Enough For Both Brakes, Nice Thick 6mm Hose, Firmer Brake Feel On Some, Durable Yet Pliable
CONS: Seems 2 B Harder To Bleed, Fittings Are Extra, Air Gets Trapped Easy
BEST USES: Color matching, Mountain Bikes, Replacement
Stock lines were too long, so if I needed to cut and bleed, might as well snap up the look of the bike. Note the following was for Shimano brakes, which are much easier to bleed than others using DOT fluid. I did not have the line install tools and did not need them. Cut the line with a utility knife and gently tap in the barbed end. No problem. There are good Youtube bleed videos.
Looks great on my new custom build. Piece of cake to install. No leaks- seals just as well as you'd expect from shimano stock hoses/banjos. I bought the black carbon for a touch more bling without being obnoxious. The gold banjos are a nice touch! I had a color problem but Jenson went above and beyond to make things right for me.
PROS: Easy To Install, Attractive Design, Lightweight
Bought the Titanium colored hose about 4 months ago, it looked great and was easy to install, but it quickly became apparent there was going to be issues. The outer casing is very soft and kinks very easy especially in the front when your suspension is constantly moving the line up and down. There never appeared to be any performance issues but i don't like the idea of my brake line continuously kinking, at some point its got to give, and i cant afford to lose my brakes. I would not recommend this product at all, spend the extra money and get oem, unless your just planning to look at a pretty bike.
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