Twenty years ago, Hayes changed the face of mountain biking forever with the release of the HFX-Mag. The Mag was a brake system that was durable, reliable and didn’t need someone in a lab coat to explain how to set it up. The design set the standard for most offerings available today. We have continuously refined our products base on the ever-changing demands of riders – while still avoiding headaches for the backyard bike mechanic. Take a look at some of the milestones of our history.
LEADING THE PACK SINCE 1946
Hayes Disc Brakes began as a Milwaukee manufacturer of outboard motor parts in 1946. In 1956, the company (called H&H Products Company) designed its first brake caliper for go-karts, and two years later it began manufacturing a line of disc brakes exclusively.
AN ACQUISITION AND NAME CHANGE
In 1968, another company that was known as an innovator of automotive disc brakes acquired H&H and changed the company’s name to Hayes Industrial Brakes. That same year, the company was awarded several brake patents.
THE EARLY STORY CONTINUES
In the ‘70s, Hayes started supplying disc brakes to the agriculture and construction markets, as well as to major snowmobile manufacturers. In 1972, the company entered the bicycle arena, developing the first disc brake for Schwinn. In the ‘80s, it also began supplying master cylinders to the powersports industry, and by 1985 it was the exclusive supplier of brake systems for Harley-Davidson motorcycles.
POWER SPORTS INDUSTRY AND HARLEY DAVIDSON
The company began supplying master cylinders to the power sports industry, and Hayes became the exclusive supplier of Harley-Davidson’s motorcycle brake systems. Another milestone: The Brenlin Group purchased the company.
BRINGING EXTENSIVE BRAKE KNOWLEDGE TO THE CYCLING WORLD
Here’s where the story gets juicy for mountain bike riders: In 1996, Hayes introduced the first hydraulic disc brake and revolutionized the mountain bike industry. The next year, Hayes sold 12,000 brake systems to Trek Bicycles. Then in 1997, the company formed Hayes Disc Brake to expand its foothold in the mountain bike industry. Innovations continued in other markets, too, with a heavy-duty mechanical brake and a patented SAHR developed for Caterpillar. Other big news: Hayes received ISO 9001 certification in 1999.
ROLLING OUT A COMPREHENSIVE BIKE PORTFOLIO
In 2005, Hayes made strategic acquisitions to offer a full portfolio of bicycle products and systems to service the needs of more than 250 original equipment bicycle manufacturers and enthusiasts worldwide. By 2006, Hayes owned SUNRinglé, Manitou, Wheelsmith, and ProTaper/Answer.
OUR MEASUREMENT OF SUCCESS
Built into each Hayes disc brake is the power, feel and dependability you need to get the most out of every ride. Today, confidence is the benchmark for everything we develop and produce. We now serve customers in more than 50 countries with warehouses in the U.S., Europe and Asia. With more than six decades of brake experience, we’ve earned the trust and respect of elite riders worldwide.
Why Hayes Disc Brakes? Because brakes are the lifeblood of our business. Our sole focus is to develop products that outperform in your application and outdo your expectations. Hayes has been surpassing industry standards and setting the curve in performance for decades. The people who design our brakes are the same people who listen to other riders and ride themselves. We continually enhance, redesign or introduce products with stopping power and safety features that you won’t find in other brake systems.