shimano XT brakes for downhill?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by saruti, May 5, 2018.

  1. kidwoo

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    I’m going Magura.

    Wish me luck.
     
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    Yer gonna DIE! :panic:















    if ya can't get used to the weird MT lever ergo, or stump up for the HC3 levers that is....:busted:
    I have two pair of Louise BAT's on other bikes, still solid brakes, put pads in, bleed em every 2-3 years and good to go.
    I was going to go MT7 before I ended up with the HopeV3's. The thing that stopped me was the original, then the first lever update - they suck. Supposed to be better now, and the HC3 lever looks the tits.

    So, 7's, 5's or Trails?
     
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    New MT7. Buddy got them and they’re sweet.
     
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    HC3 lever, dude. You need them.
     
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    I've been on Shimano brakes forever, my m785 XT's have been on (6) different bikes now. I recently spent some time riding a new bike with the Gwin brakes and although they seem to have adequate power, it takes quite an effort to get it. You probably need to pull 30% harder than a comparable Shimano brake to get the same power. This was the case even after proper bed-in procedure and a few rides.

    One set of brakes that I wasn't initially impressed with that I ended up actually loving was the Magura MT8. It's one of the most consistent-feeling brakes I've ridden. Only (slight) issue for me was the lever shape, I'm still heavily in the Shimano camp when it comes to lever feel.
     
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    That's a great idea, thanks! I tried it out on my XT m785 levers. Nice improvement on the rear brake in particular with the levers bent by around 10mm at the tip.
     
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    No problem i have xt levers and saint calipers. And it works great.
     
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    all my friends with Magura had problems with them in Morzine this summer ...
    the old Magura's was great. the new ones... well...
     
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    Sold my TRPs for what I bought them for. Worth the experiment...

    Saints are back on while I wait for my Maguras. With a 203 rotor up front.
     
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    What didn't you like about the TRPs? Not enough power for DH?
     
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    Long time shimano brake fan here, don't think I have run anything but for 15 years or so...That said I have been running M8000's on my 'enduro' bike and they kinda suck. I have been plauged by the inconsistent bite point you hear about since day one. As soon as the XTR 4 pistons drop I am all over those.
     
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    Still waiting for my MT7s...
     
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    One hopes they’ve sorted their problems. Call me a skeptic. I’ve used 2 generations of XTRs and they both suffered the same problems.
     
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    Not if I never ride... Fucking weather...

    Dark Crystal in 20mm of rain?