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    2012 shimano xtr vs. xt

    other than weight, what are the advantages to purchasing the xtr brakes over the xt brakes. i kinda torn on which ones to get. someone enlighten me!
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    They are the same... other than finish and weight.

    Save some money and buy the XT's

    Best brakes ever!!

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    Well, the XT only comes with ServoWave. If you don't love it, then the XTR Race is your only option.

    XTs are reportedly more powerful.

    XTRs have a 1 piece caliper.
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    Do we know the weight difference between the two?

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    I've read about 40g
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    hmmm, now i need to decide if 40g is worth the $175 difference in price for the set (assuming its 40g for the entire set?)

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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    hmmm, now i need to decide if 40g is worth the $175 difference in price for the set (assuming its 40g for the entire set?)
    I think it's for the full set but it was a post on these forums so I'm not sure how trustable the source is (and what exactly was being compared). In the end, when comparing the XTR Trail to the XT, it's a matter of aesthetics more than anything else. If you go for the XTR Race however you get a different brake feel because of the lack of ServoWave.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PissedOffCil View Post
    I think it's for the full set but it was a post on these forums so I'm not sure how trustable the source is (and what exactly was being compared). In the end, when comparing the XTR Trail to the XT, it's a matter of aesthetics more than anything else. If you go for the XTR Race however you get a different brake feel because of the lack of ServoWave.
    Ya, I am comparing the xtr trails vs the xt.

    Think I may as well save the $$$ for only 40g.

    Does anyone know how much $175 weighs sitting in my wallet - cause my brakes will be 40g heavier plus the weight of that fatter wallet my bike is gonna be a pig lol


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    The only reason I got the XTR Trails instead of the XTs is that the XTs weren't out yet and I was tired of waiting for them.
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    According to compcyclist the XT is 312g and the XTR race is 210g. The XT come with the cooling finned pads so that needs to be accounted for when comparing the 2. Either way it sounds like performance is great from both. I'm on the fence also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WrecklessREX View Post
    According to compcyclist the XT is 312g and the XTR race is 210g. The XT come with the cooling finned pads so that needs to be accounted for when comparing the 2. Either way it sounds like performance is great from both. I'm on the fence also.
    XTR trails have the finned pads as well - so that will for sure be some extra

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    Shimano still use mineral oil... In winter rides brakes are work bad

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    That's not true. Shimano used caliper seals that hardened up below freezing which caused poor cold weather performance. They've had revised seals for some time now that resolve that issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalnoboy View Post
    Shimano still use mineral oil... In winter rides brakes are work bad

    Not a mineral oil issue at all, my Magura mineral oil brakes are great in winter.....

    edit *** car nut beat me to it lol

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    40g for front and rear or 102g for just one end?
    It sounds like no one is sure. Get some good data b4 you decide.

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    The weight is listed as per side on competitivecyclist.

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    yup, per side.

    XTR trail (w finned pads) = 235g
    XT (w finned pads) = 312g

    So for 200 bucks more i can save 150ish grams. Not bad lol.

    XTR race are the steal though - lighter then XTR trail (210g) and cost 20 per end less........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dalnoboy View Post
    Shimano still use mineral oil... In winter rides brakes are work bad
    Not true. I ride in the winter with XTs. Brakes work just as well as in the summer. They're awesome, and there's no way I'd pay extra for for XTR. sometime simple performance out weighs the weight weenie principle.

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    FYI, I weighed my XTs with 1350mm rear hose, 85mm front hose, with adapters and finned brake pads.

    (335g + 320g) = 655g for the set.

    RT76 rotors 180/160 plus all mounting hardware = 365g for the set

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    Just put some XT's on my new Cysco SS... they are amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nimblewill View Post
    Just put some XT's on my new Cysco SS... they are amazing.
    New to XT and love them as well. Best bang for your buck IMO

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    I have ridden both or the 2012s: XT are a great set of brakes, but I thought the XTR had more power and modulation.

    Note: Don't get the Magura MTs. I found them to be weak and extra parts are hard to come by,

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    I love the XTR Trails. Best brake ever, so far. Rockstar power, smooth, quiet. True, absolute one finger braking bliss. You cant go wrong with either, but I am just more of an XTR guy.

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    Xtr have incredible power to weight ratio. I also run hope evo x2 and they're heavier and less powerful by far.
    Reckon xt would be a good option although STW did a review and suggested they were quite binary...

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