Interbike 2008: New Hayes Stroker DH brakes and Sun ADD Lite Wheelset Checked

Sep 30, 2008
by Mike Levy  
While wandering the Outdoor Demo we spotted an oasis of shade and beer at the Hayes tent, and while under that tent we also spotted a new big-power brake from the Hayes boy's. The Stroker Ace is a Four piston brake for those of you looking for even more power. The same riders interested in the Ace's may want to check out Sun-Ringle's ADD Lite wheelet, a tough and light set of wheels that can lighten up your overweight bike!

2 Full HD Video's inside!Denny Yunk brings us up to speed on the new Hayes Stroker Ace brake. Available in all rotor sizes, the Ace enters the field as a proper all-mountain and DH stopper.

Stroker Ace master cylinder and longer lever blade

Stroker Ace master cylinder and longer lever blade


Features
-Four pistons
-One piece mono-block caliper (no bolts)
-Larger pad surface
-Longer lever blade for more leverage
-Tool free reach adjustment





Hayes.com for more information



Next up Denny shows us his personal favorite wheelset, the Sun ADD Lite. Compatible with nearly every axle size out there, the ADD Lite's will bolt on to nearly any bike. These hand built wheels look burly enough to send it, and yet are still reasonably light weight.


Check out Sun-Ringle for all the tech specs.


88 Comments

  • 16 2
 Hayes are good and are looking really sick these days. But ill stick with my juicy's for now. still woudnt mind trying them though.
  • 17 2
 Nice brakes. But I prefer my 4 pistons code's with the reach adjusment AND pad contact adjusment!
  • 15 3
 Them brakes look amazingly powerful! I'd like to give them a try!
  • 6 1
 those are sick. i love that design. its awsome.
  • 4 1
 i love them too, i cant wait until i go and pick my set up from the shop!
  • 21 2
 The new Hayes brakes are more powerful than the old ones. They're still worse per dollar than anything from avid or shimano, and everyone I've talked with who's riding the new stroker ace's, even with an 8" rotor, says they're underpowered and overpriced. Please don't waste your money on these brakes. Can you find a better value than Avid code 5's?
  • 6 7
 I think Avid Code-5 are good. Reasonably priced and works fine too. I have not faced any problem till now with my Avid Code-5
  • 6 0
 over kill, i ride whistler one month a year on my magura louis FR bat carbons and have easily enough power... and it's lighter....
  • 3 3
 Looks like Hope Mono m4
  • 1 0
 thats because the lousie are straight up higher quality brakes, I BELIEVE the pricing for the Aces was around 200 per wheel, where as the Louises are quite a bit more then that.
  • 2 0
 Louises a sick, i had it on my last bike, and riding and disappointed now with Strokers...
  • 0 0
 i think hayes is improving but they have alot of steps to make up to catch up with avid id say i think im gonna keep my elixir cr's
  • 6 0
 "soccerlover99 (30 mins ago) (Below Threshold) show comment
is stroker any good??
i wanna buy a new bike and it comes with stroker trails... im a lil iffy about it
the ace ones look sick tho.. im sure those are pretty kick ass"

don't let the brakes a bike comes with turn you away from the bike, you can always trade them in for different ones at the bike shop you buy it from
  • 9 0
 Brakes... they only slow you down...
  • 4 0
 They really need to come up with some sort of disc brake pad standard. I'm sick of having to stock 30+ different types of pads in my shop. Shimano alone has at least 14 different shapes. This is getting silly...
  • 3 0
 Those brakes are powerful, i have felt them, they gave me the same feeling that you touch them and they grab instantly, like codes. however i trust hayes a lot more then i trust avid. Im going to get lots of negative props for this but i think avid are a load of crap, they always leak and have problems. Nothing beats a pair of saints though, so long as they are working - i had to replace my pads and get them bled, after that they are all you will ever need.
  • 2 0
 i had the trails on my old bike and ryde's on my new bike... the trails are amazing over the rydes and the rydes are still awsome! i can only imagine a 4 piston atroker!!! boo ya when its time for brakes i know were im trunin!!!
  • 5 1
 I've bought Strokers Ryde for my 4x and i hate them! Stroker trail believed to be better but oh well....
  • 0 2
 my friend hates his stroker rydes too haha the back one squeak;s like a bitch, the levers arent that comfortable and his cable in the front has a very slow leak but thats from a fall
  • 1 0
 I hope Stroker ACE will be better.
  • 1 0
 6 piston what!! who would bother on a dh bike my hayes nines are dual pistons and are powerful enough to make me go over the bars at 3kp/h. i would love to get a set of (another dam downhillers) add wheels tho. keep up the good work hayes
  • 0 0
 have you got HULK fingers cuz i dunno how that is possible with nines
  • 0 0
 no, for some reason there just extremely sensetiv, more than my friends juicy 3
  • 0 0
 wow well you get lucky some times
  • 0 0
 im afraid to use the front ones alot of the time
  • 0 1
 well mine are shitty my pistons are fucked beyond return and ya
  • 9 4
 ACE!!!!!!!!!!
  • 3 1
 Still prefer Hope brakes over anyting else, reliable, not to badly priced and there powerful to say the least, great lever feel, not spongty but solid feeling
  • 1 0
 hope all the way for me 2
  • 1 0
 I'm not super happy with my stroker trails, but meh. on another note, though, how nice are these vids from pinkbike now? nice HD and good production quality. actually nice to watch and learn about the product.
  • 0 0
 I have had hayes and they work they are either on or off im not impressed modulation sucks when the brakes get wet,and dusty they squeal they are not quiet and smooth like juiceys or codes with tonnes of modulation and better stopping power.
  • 2 1
 i have the same problem except wid juicys but wen they r dry they r smooth but the hayes look lush im gona get em!
  • 0 0
 i've got last years strokers on my FR HT and while yes they are nice brakes they aren't very durable and they get REALLY loud when the trails get wet. also i find them to be a lot twitchier than some of the other brakes i've ridden.
  • 8 5
 I love the new Hayes, they looks Sickkk
  • 3 1
 nice new sun attention deficit disorders (ADD). Ha jk but this stuff is looking pretty sick.
  • 0 1
 ADD actually stand for Another Damn Downhiller Razz
  • 2 0
 bastard just bought some carbon stroker and now they bring these out ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
  • 0 0
 i hate my crappy old hayes soles!! i got them on my P2 and they SUCK!!! I think i might buy avid juicy 5's, bb7's, codes, or these brakes right here, the stroker aces. they look sick
  • 1 0
 wow you had hayes shittyest hydro! no doubt you thought they suck, one piston will suck on any brake. all you guys are only knocking hayes because of the shitty quallity control on the nines, i'm sure that they fixed that here. and if they don't then this company will die, within a year.
  • 6 7
 Nice brake, Hayes are looking good, still not sure about the levers but im sure them brakes have power just like my old hfx-mags did but i still think ill stick to my hope moto v2s.
  • 1 0
 hayes might be bringing their rep out of the gutters with these.....if they work, looks ain't everything.
  • 2 0
 these hopes...err hayes actually looks pretty good
  • 1 0
 Those aces work wicked, i have been riding then for the last month on my Guide bike, they kick ass Wink
  • 1 0
 As someone said:"hayes are good brakes... for strong people". Think I`ll stick with my Louise FR thank you.
  • 0 0
 So much disapointment in the hfx 9 line that I don't know if i'll ever go back to hayes again. Especially since i've been riding elixer r's for 2 months now.
  • 1 0
 i have super old hayes and no prob with them! exet once a ripped hose... but that was my fault xD
  • 1 0
 Hayes has still the best way to change brake pads,it's just seconds work and your'e done.
  • 0 0
 Those brakes don't interest me to much. I think I will stick with the codes!
  • 0 0
 good choice... my friend has those and says they work BETTER when they are hot
  • 1 0
 my brakes work like shit When there noisy and make a wierd arse sound forr about an hour after you heated em GRRRRR HAYES NINES SUCK THE MASSIVE MEATSTICK
  • 0 0
 i meant when there hot and there real noisy to
  • 0 0
 i was still talking about the codes...
  • 0 0
 yea u no but i was sayin my brakes work worse when there hot
  • 4 3
 use BB7, save all the fuss!
  • 3 3
 he speaks the truth!
  • 5 1
 if you want to kiss a tree
  • 1 0
 I've got BB7 and I think it's problem is the overheating...
  • 0 0
 the lever feel of the aces are much nicer than the old ones when i had a feel in the lbs the other day
  • 1 0
 i love my new stroker aces. i've had them for a month now and they own
  • 0 0
 Im not too keen on the strokers. I think they should bring out a new version of the hayes nine brake.
  • 0 0
 does anyone know which ones are more poerfull?? these beasts or jucy sevens or codes??
  • 0 0
 sorry i meant powerfull
  • 0 1
 These beasts power are on par with codes, but i would choose these over codes any day.
  • 0 0
 the strokers i tried were rediculously lame. no modulation. they look neat but suck
  • 0 0
 dont have to worry about underpowered brakes with these
  • 0 0
 i hate my old hayes so idk if want these they do look good though
  • 1 1
 lets just say hayes brakes are shokingley awful AVIDS are the way of life
  • 0 0
 Debateable. Hayes nine brakes were great. Personally i dont like the feal of avids and they feal too sloppy. Hope are better imo as they're stiffer.
  • 0 1
 those things look sexy as, i much prefure avid but there the only hayes i like Big Grin
  • 3 4
 hmmm they remind me alot of hopes M4 lol
  • 0 1
 looks like hayes are moving up a knoch in the break bizness
  • 1 1
 weeeeeeeeeeeeeee lol
  • 0 0
 Haha beat me to it!
  • 0 2
 Four pistons!!! that is gnar braking power.
  • 1 3
 Buying a pair of Hayes in 2009 is a shame...
  • 0 1
 Hayes = no modulation ;]
  • 1 0
 obviousaly you havent ridden strokers....
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