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    Brake Decision

    So I have an opportunity to purchase some stuff for my bike on our team discount from the LBS at a substantially reduced cost. One of the areas I have been considering is upgrading my brakes. I currently have Juicy 3's, and am perfectly happy with them, but I am on a mission to save a little weight in the process. If it were up to you all, what brake system would you buy for an XC rider. These are my choices.

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    Shimano XTs work great for XC. Fairly light, light lever feel, loads of power and nice modulation. That's just my preference though.
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    Formula R1

    and no place else. Why not the bomb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by zkampyman View Post
    and no place else. Why not the bomb?
    The Formula levers didn't feel right to me. Love the Hopes though.
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    Not sure how they compare weight-wise but Hope X2s are fantastic XC brakes with great company back-up if you ever need it.
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    is that the race evox2, or the tech evo x2?

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    Tech Evo X2, mainly for the adjustability of the lever (the Special Edition colour scheme looks good too!).
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    Quote Originally Posted by nov0798 View Post
    is that the race evox2, or the tech evo x2?
    Hope Tech if you don't mind the extra weight for adjustability.
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    They are lighter then my Juicys

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    Yah, I love my hope X2's, you can adjust the lever nice & close to the bar, enough power for 1 finger braking, & modulation is nice. I haven't used the others except for a set of the original hayes HFX9 and strokers, which were OK, but not on the same level as the hope's.
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    +1 for the Shimano XTs

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    Try and find a thread that has more love for a brake then this one, and you'll have your answer:
    Love the new 2012 XT brakes
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    If you can afford it, XTR, Avid Elixir XX, etc.

    You're probably not looking at a very big swing in weight. Not that you don't already know that. I'd find out which brand's top XC model is the lightest, see if reviews make it sound acceptably reliable, and work my way up in weight until I found something that seemed like it would be a conservative choice.

    While I was at it, I'd be looking at weights on rotors, and asking myself if it made sense to put a 140 on the back. That's another tiny difference, but since you're dealing in tiny differences anyway...

    I assume you've already hit the high-massing items, or at least the high-massing items that are in your deal.
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