They flick out brake pads mid stopping, which results in you randomly loosing front brakes - Unsafe Terribly designed, If I were still using this bike on the hill it would have caused crashes!
More than 2 years
Do not buy Hayes Sole. Do not buy Hayes!
They are unsafe!!!
No I would not recommend it to a friend
Submitted by dmenace - 3/4/2008 2:27:14 AM
Fairly powerful when they work, have some modulation, cheap...
Had the same problem as described by others! Firstly the bleeder plug of the rear brake went missing when my bike was being serviced by the bike shop causing all brake fluid to leak out and had to wait for components to be ordered in to fix problem.
Then 2 weeks later I was riding down a hill when suddenly without warning my front brake failed instantly and i lost all braking power from my front brake. Had to lock up rear brake and slide 20 metres to stop.
Definetely now will not recommend these brakes or any Hayes brakes.
Prior to these incidents, brakes were always loud and making a grinding, vibrating noise when braking. (These are new brakes remember). This is the reason why I initially took bike back to bike shop.
I have lost all confidence in these brakes. While they are powerfull when they work they can fail suddenly without warning - TAKE CARE.
Came stock with bike. Don't rely on them, if you are doing serious cycling, these brakes won't cut it. Only for slow flat trails.