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    XT V brakes or Deore Disc brakes

    What would you choose between XT V brakes and Deore disc brakes?

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    XT Vs with koolstop MTB pads by far.....if you want to go for simple/cheap'ish mechanical discs go for Avid BB7s.....

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    If you are referring to these Deore Package from Bikeman

    By far, GET THE DISC BRAKES!!!!

    I've had these same brakes for a LONG TIME. Shimano hydros are great!

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    Deore brakes maybe OK

    But the damn hubs blow. I haven't even put 100 miles on my bike yet and the hubs feel like gears instead of bearings. Boo Deore hubs
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDude
    If you are referring to these Deore Package from Bikeman

    By far, GET THE DISC BRAKES!!!!

    I've had these same brakes for a LONG TIME. Shimano hydros are great!
    Agree with Dude! That is a smokin deal on good brakes. I also have these and love them because they work and I never have to touch them. I switched to hydraulics to get away from cable/housing maintenance so I recommend skipping cable-operated discs.
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    Maybe it's important to know the type of riding it will be used for. Deore XT v-brakes are pretty good under normal conditions. Maybe it'll just be used for light trail riding which in that case I'd go with the V's. But if they're going to be used for wet or muddy conditions then I would go with the Deore disc.
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    If you count grams and ride on "normal" conditions the V's might be a better choice. If you ride on wet or foul weather disks are the way to go.

    My neighboor has them on his bikes and my son on his, good braking, low maintenance at a nice price, what are you waiting for?

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    Avid over XT

    Hello,
    I still run a V on the rear of my Enduro ( Hope Mini at the front ) and tried several types, including XT's, before I settled, very happily, with an Avid Arch Rival. I run cartridges, usually KoolStop, and can change pads depending on what kind of braking I need/feel like. I had an Arch Rival on the front before changing to a Hayes mech disc ( doh! ) and then, quickly, to a Hope. The Avids are fantastic, powerful brakes. If you choose the correct pads for your rim and riding style they will out-perform anything Shimano can offer, including XT's.
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    If you already have a wheelset that can go to disc then the jump to disc's is worth it. I have already spent half my riding time futzing with my front V-brake to get it not to rub the rim every time I put the rim back on after transporting the bike to and from the trail. The reason I just don't go looser on the brake set up is that I am running with shimano dual control levers and if the brakes are set up loose then the braking and shifting at the same time ability dissappears.

    If you need to purchase a disc compatable wheelset and money is not an issue than by all means make the jump to disc. For a good disc wheelset I would recommend Cane Creek Zonos Disk SS. Then go with Shimano dual control levers and the shimano disc breaks.
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    amazing brake FAQ


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    I agree with fanghas...depends on your needs,riding conditions etc etc... but I have found my front V-brake on my old beater Y-26 is a pain in the ass to keep it from rubbing the rim and to keep proper tension after the front wheel has been taken on/off. I don't ride in wet or muddy conditions very much but when I do I am very thankful for my disc.
    Last edited by Phantom44; 06-02-2006 at 11:13 PM.
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    Deore Disc.
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