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    Shimano XTR m988 brake lever + Saint m820 brake calliper

    I am currently using shimano XTR M988 brake, however i've been wanting to upgrade the calliper to Saint M820 for more power. If I use the Saint M820 brake calliper, is it possible to use the hydraulic brake cable of Shimano XTR?

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    All of Shimano's brakes are mix and match compatible, apart from the hose connectors. Just get the right ends for the hoses (or the right hose with pre-installed ends), and you should be fine.

    I'm surprised you want more power. Are you trying to stop a DH bike in DH conditions? I gotta say, I'm 215 pounds and ride steep stuff all the time. I feel even with 160mm rotors and XT or XTR calipers, I have plenty of one finger stopping power. Occasionally on really long steep descents, I can overheat my brakes, but not very often.

    Are you sure you don't have contaminated pads? I would try sintered/semi metallic or kevlar pads if you haven't already. See if that helps.

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