I have been using Deore 555's for years. Really I am pretty happy with them but thought I would go with a new set and maybe gain some stopping power. I bought some 08 XT's.
It seems to me that the Xt's are unpredictable/too grabby. They just seem to lock up at a very small point in the lever throw. I have played with the freestroke but it doesn't seem to do anything. I mean when I turn the screw the lever moves in or out and then when I adjust the lever back to where I want it with the reach adjustment the brakes feel the same whether the screw is in or out.
To satisfy my curiousity I bought a used set of J7's. I have used juicy's before but was a while back and I wanted to directly compare to the XT's. The Juicy's just feel way better. It feels like there is much better/linear modulation and the overall power is about the same as the XT.
Am I missing something here? Does anyone else feel the same way? I really wanted to be stoked on the Xt's, have been using shimao brakes for years and I really would prefer to use mineral oil but I so far I don't feel confident with them. Is there some other setup I can do? What other shimano model could I get that would compare to the feel and power of the J7?
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