Hayes Stroker Grams Review

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Bottomline
The Stroker Grams are a moderately light brake in comparison to their weight weenie competition, yet they are powerful, and seem not to fade on long downhills or during extended hard braking. The levers are a touch flexible, and along with a long throw, they have a spongy feel, but a robust handful makes the brakes work just fine. Their main downfall is that they can be a bit grabby on slow technical terrain, so you need to modulate them properly. In regard to their noise levels, they rarely squeal, but can make a deep gritty sound.

The Hayes Stroker Grams are a fine brake, are well made, and have good attributes and features, and they would be a nice addition to any bike.

Strengths
-Excellent fade resistance
-Lever has good comfortable feel in the hand
-Good power
-Ti hardware
-Pad replacement without taking off the wheel

Weaknesses
-Bit grabby
-Not the lightest of the weight weenie
-Slight gritty sound

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

MSRP $280-$310

Hayes url: www.hayesdiscbrake.com

Hayes specs
-Titanium hardware
-Carbon Lever Blade with tool free adjust
-Radial, Symmetrical; Aluminum Master Cylinder
-Two-piece aluminum caliper, Caliper positioning window, titanium bridge bolts
-Semi-metallic pads with aluminum backing
-Kevlar wrap hose
-Hayes high temp DOT4 hydraulic fluid
-535 sq mm pad size
-6-bolt T-25 rotor bolt pattern
-Rotor sizes 140 (rear), 160, 180, 203
-Published Weight: 355 g(160mm rotor), 339 g(140mm rotor)

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About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • m429 says:

    Had these and quickly put them on a back up bike I am planning on selling. Compared to the Hayes 9′s I’ve had for 5 years, these are a pain in the buttocks to center on the rotor. Tried pushing pistons back in their bores, spacing with business cards, not spacing with cards, eyeing up caliper to rotor, everything. Just way harder than it should be and all the lever pull never felt anything other than soft and weak. I know Hayes makes good brakes but I didn’t like this offering at all.

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