Excess weight just slows you down and Hayes is well aware of that. They designed the Stroker Gram to be extremely light by removing non-structural material from the master cylinder creating a lightweight brake that is as powerful as it is good looking. Titanium hardware and lightweight aluminum-backed pads round things out. Sure, there are lighter brakes out there, but none match the Stroker Gram's combination of weight, power, modulation, serviceability, durability, good looks, fade-free performance, and value.
These days, most disc brakes come sans rotors so when Hayes asked us if we were interested in a few sets of their Stroker Gram brakes with rotors, we said "Yes definitely".
While these Stroker Grams do include rotors, they do not include adapters. Check out our selection of disc brake adapters here.
I took a chance on these after neglecting my Avid Juicy 5s in winter riding. The Avids were always binary - either fully on or off. They were unnerving especially on new trails and on the ice. These Hayes came pre-bled and with brake lines that were not too long (like the Avids came). This meant that I didn't have to cut the lines to shorten and no additional bleeding. The titanium hardware (2 pairs of mounting screws) is certainly nice. They came with a basic bleed kit and extra olives just in case you need to shorten the lines or to replace a few years down the road when a full service is necessary. The included brake disc makes this a steal of a deal although it isn't the uber-light disc that they offer separately. The brakes installed much faster than expected with little to no problems during installation. I had questions on which, if any, adapters were needed and the Hayes product support team was very helpful. Burnishing didn't require the 30-40 stops they suggested and they were soon up to torque and stopping smoothly. They have good feel and are much more progressive than the Juicy 5s that I replaced. The last bit of travel is a little spongy but it's not annoying or unnerving. There is enough force to lock up the wheels but it takes more pressure to get to that point so I feel more confident. I developed a slight periodic squeak on my first ride while not operating the brake. It's going to require re-aligning the caliper on the front post mount, but it isn't a difficult fix. I highly recommend these if you're looking for a good value and a great brake. Most shops in my area don't much care for bleeding them, but I'll cross that bridge when I get to it. You won't find anything that will equal them unless you drop twice as much. If you're on the fence about getting these brakes, just take the plunge and get them. You won't regret it.
I just got these brakes recently to replace my Shimano Deore brakes. Maybe I'm partial to Hayes, but after riding Magura, Avid, and Shimano brakes, I'd rather ride a Hayes than any of those. These brakes are light, comfortable, and offer plenty of both modulation and stopping power. And you can actually adjust lever reach with one finger WHILE you're riding without taking your hands off the handlebar. Hopefully they'll hold up. I'll update my review if they crap out on me.