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I ride an hs33 with an RB lever and IMO it's the best rear brake out there.

I would not be opposed to riding a rear V, provided I could get it set up so that the lever action was buttery smooth. That being said, I will definitely shoot for four-bolt mounts on my next frame and if I wind up with two-bolt mounts (won't happen) I'll probably ride a V. The magura 2-bolt adaptors suck.
 

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i had a pair of maggies on my first bike, and they were the suckiest ever..but i have ridden some very nice set ups with em..just not for an extended period of time... im really happy with my ultimates, eventhou i jsut kinda broke them..
 

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oh, by "the suckiest ever" i mean that they leaked ALWAYS, they never stayed adjusted, and they were definately shitty 2-bolt system.. yes teh ultiamtes are expensive, i got them through the shop i workl at for damn cheap, and they are worth it because they are the most reliable brakes ive ever seen. for instance, i just broke the sension screw righr off with my schoe while i was pedal upping my garage deck, then i back wheel dropped it unknowingly with a broken brake, and i am still here, so that makes me happy.
 

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i also hate my magura. the only reason i run one is because my frame has 4 bolt mounts. If the new woodman adapters work well, i will be purchasing a set and putting V's on my bike.

edit: mine don't leak. They funtion properly, but they have no power. It is also a pain in the ass to get them set up properly.
 

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i hated my maguras. i have had the worst luck ever with them. friends are still on the same set as ever with no troubles while i have had several systems leak and blow up on me. i have had a maggie leak from pretty much every possible place. i have felt some really money set ups but with my luck, i dont even want to try and get one going. the only reason a maggie will ever be on any bike of mine again is if the frame has 4 bolt mounts and i have not yet made a vee adaptor yet- only situation.

avid ultimates... well lets just say i have been so pleased with them, so very pleased.
 

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i personally would like to see drum brakes make a comeback...i mean come on, look at what it did for Tandam bikes! And think of the superstrong flanges that we could have...
 

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to the people who had leaking hs33's, y did they leak? did you hit/pull them or did you get them like that? I know i dont wonna buy anything with the risk that they might be leaking right out of the box...
 

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calm down bloodhound...

the leaking is a very RARE occurance and 9 times out of 10 the reason people hate maggies is cause they don't have the skills to set them up and maintain them...

i think the best answer to your orginal question is that vees and maggies are personal preference...you just have to ride both and make up your own mind...good luck man
 

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if your a technical rider, and you have lots of tiem to maintain your bike, get teh maggies..but if your just an every day rider type of person, i really dont see the reason to own them. i haveridden some very nice set ups with maguras, but not bice enough to make me want to get rid of my ultimates. especially since i just got free parts from avid because they are sooo cool!
 

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mine leak due to my horrible karma. it really is rare to have a maggie leak. the tech guy, jude, has seen so few of the hs-33's leak that he was shocked to hear what mine do all the time. their disk breaks will all eventually leak i hear. they work so well untill the do spring a leak then it's all down from there.

if you are not getting maggies in the first place beacuse you are affraid of leaks- dont worry about that. you should be tossing maguras for leaking if you already have em, not avoiding them because of someone else's troubles.
 
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