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    Looking to upgrade hydraulic brakes - have questions

    I'm looking to change out my Teaktro Hydraulic Brakes on my 2014 Rockhopper Comp 29. The Teaktro's are extremely noisy. I was looking at the Shimano XT's. What parts or Shimano part numbers will I need to get the upgrade done.

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    +1 any insight anybody?

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    You need the brakes. They come as a whole. Levers, hose, calipers, pads. You may also want to look at upgrading rotors while you're at it.
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    Definitely XT's!

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    I just upgraded to deore M615's. The price was right and the performance is outstanding! Hard to beat the shimano brakes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    You need the brakes. They come as a whole. Levers, hose, calipers, pads. You may also want to look at upgrading rotors while you're at it.
    Do rotors make that much of a difference? I'm running Tektros as well.
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    Used rotors have the old pad material embedded, and will make break in difficult. Get new rotors cheap off ebay

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    M785s for sure are what you want as Nubster linked. Check Blue Sky cycling or Nashbar as they often have good prices on these items. Don't forget you'll need Shimano adapters specific to your rotor size (sometimes other brands work, sometimes not in my experience)...great upgrade choice the brakes are stellar...

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    What's the difference between the M785 and the M785-B ?

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    I might be wrong but I think the B is the newer ones with finned pads. Those are the ones you want if possible. The other ones are fine and work great. The finned pads are just supposed to dissipate heat better. If nothing else, you can get the older ones and get finned pads next time you need to replace pads.

    And yes, a good rotor makes a difference.
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    Thanks for the info everybody.

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    The "B" stands for I-Spec B, which is essentially like Avid's Match Maker where the shifter and brake lever run off of the same clamp. I just put a new set of B spec XT's on my rig and they've been the best brakes I've ever used. My old Elixir 5's can't compare.

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    I replaced the tektros with XT's on my Camber also, and it was a HUGE difference. I got the package deal where you get caliper/line/master as an assembly. I kept the tektro rotors, they work fine with the shimano pads.
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    Here is a very thorough write-up of what I did to upgrade my Tektro Auriga Comp brakes:
    The Frugal Mountain Biker: Part 6 - Brake Service & Upgrade

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carloswithac View Post
    Do rotors make that much of a difference? I'm running Tektros as well.
    ice techs are quieter. also call cambria before you order from chain reaction. cambria often will match them and they pack items a LOT better. with chain reaction you get unboxed oem gear and it can be dinged up. blue sky is another oem take off outfit. if possible i try and only use jenson or cambria, service is stellar, packing is stellar and you don't have to wonder if parts will be missing. i've had blue sky send me headsets with the wrong race rings, chain reaction send cranks with dings in them. just annoying crap like that. with shimano brakes buy a retail box that comes with the right hose, right olives and isn't potentially missing parts.

    i think...and you should really ask to verify this. some of the brakes are made for i spec shifters and some aren't. could be what the B stands for. ipsec-b which is 2nd gen ispec

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    The Tektro pads were downright pretty lousy. Almost any good quality set of resin/organic pads will be much better. Even Shimano resin pads are better. That is why I looked at EBC & Nukeproof because they are rated as some of the top brands. I am sure that there are other brands out there that are just as good or maybe even better. My swap to Nukeproof pads ended up solving all my noise problems, and I also ended up with more stopping power.

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    There is also two different levers for shimano brakes. The one finger shorter levers and the longer touring levers. Not a big deal as long as both sides match. Can't beat shimano brakes. Chain Reaction has Deores for $56.99. If you can swing $200, cannot beat the x/t's period.

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    I just swapped out the tektro's on my rockhopper for XT's. World of difference! Just walk into your LBS and as for a set of XT's for the front and back. They will give you what you need. When I got mine, the shop highly recommended using the SLX rotors so that's what I went with. Best upgrade ever!

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    XT brakes are the best value in mountain biking.

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    Looking to upgrade hydraulic brakes - have questions

    Piggybacking on the thread here. I just got a used 29er and I was bleeding the rear brake (Hayes Dyno Comp) I think I broke the piston seal so the brake doesn't work anymore. Instead of replacing with the same thing (eBay only at about $90 for one brake) I might as well use the opportunity to upgrade.

    Are the XT the best value here and I assume it is a good upgrade over the existing ones, which is very noisy.

    Also when ordering parts and choosing L/R brake levers, do you choose it from the perspective in front of the handlebar or behind the handle bar?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Deore are better value, as for left right. The hand you use

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    I thought everyone knew of the superior damping effects of the kitteh? I've been trying to find a wild kitten that would fit in my Fox DH series shock. Still searching.

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    value depends on what you want and where you order from. merlin has the best prices i've seen. deore for 96 shipped, or slx for 125 shipped. xt is 187 if i remember right.

    i just ordered xt's last week to replace my elixir 1s which will be going to my winter bike build

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    I have SLX front XT rear. Only difference is color and letters and some adjustment bolt on XT master that does nothing. So if anybody want to save money, go SLX. Deore also almost as good but does not come with finned pads, but you can buy them later.

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    Thanks! I just ordered from merlin, great prices.

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