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    Hayes Offers the Next Big Thing In Snowmobile Brakes

    Posted by mboncher
    on Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Polaris Titan XC extreme crossover snowmobile Klim Hayes BrakeHayes Performance Systems is the major supplier for the majority of braking systems in the snowmobile market. Hayes' fully-bled systems, among many other products, have helped thousands of snowmobilers realize that the true performance of a snowmobile has just as much to do with stopping power as it does acceleration.

    American Snowmobiler has a distinct connection with this group, so we've been behind the scenes to witness new product enhancements, including testing and R&D. This week, we met back up with our friends at Hayes for a special discussion about what the future holds for snowmobile braking systems.

    "We are merging many of the more technical aspects of braking that have been proven in the motorcycle market with the snowmobile market," said Kurt Person, CTO and Vice President at Hayes. "The sport and adventure bike market aligns very well with the snow market."

    Hayes Brake technology floating rotorCertain aspects, such as the master cylinder, can have applications across all major brands in the snowmobile market, so don't be surprised if you see that happening. The snowmobile market continues to ask for lighter-weight systems that offer an even better ergonomic feel for the consumer. Hayes is at the forefront of making this happen, as with the technology in the Stealth line of products for 2018.

    In addition, Hayes has begun supplying folks in the snow bike market, including Camso, Timbersled and Arctic Cat. As that market grows, so will the evolution of braking systems for it. A snow bike braking system can be more exposed to the elements than a system on a dirt bike or even a snowmobile, something that was painfully obvious to many snow bike enthusiasts early on. Challenges like this are being taken into account by Hayes.

    Hayes Brake technology floating rotorAmSnow has tested several Hayes braking systems in the past, including an early version of the brake found on Polaris' new Titan extreme crossover snowmobile (pictured above). Expect more floating rotors (see photo, right) and other Hayes brake technology to make its way into the snowmobile market in the near future.

    This post is just a teaser, but we'll have more on this type of tech in an upcoming fall issue of American Snowmobiler. We may also have a "summer test session." Stay tuned!

    For all the latest updates on brakes and other tech, subscribe to American Snowmobiler today!

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