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    Aug 2008

    Head spinning! What brakes?

    Yikes! I'm trying to find a set of disc brakes for under $300 that is going to be decent. I ride XC. Every time I look at the reviews of any brake it seems they are mixed. Half the people say they are total rubbish, and half say they are great. All the other products I check reviews on, there is usually a clear good or bad tendency. But disc brakes seem to not follow that rule. Every brand from top to bottom has people saying they are great and people saying they are junk. I'm about ready to just order a set of BB7's and forget going with a hydro brake. Any thoughts here would be welcome.

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    Some peoples expectations are just way too high and it's also a personal preference. At your price point, jump on the bandwagon and go with the XT brakeset.

    I have had no experience with the XT, but based on the huge thread, it must be pretty good. I love my Hope Tech M4/X2, fit and function is awesome. I have messed with the Formula The One and the levers just felt weird to me.

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    I recommend XT for your budget. call Nate at Pro Mountain Outfitters

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    Another vote for XT. Or any of the Elixirs. I've read good/bad/awesome/terrible reviews for all of them, but I've ridden all of them, and they work just fine. Sometimes you get a bad brake or a bad seal or you take a spill that ends with an unfortunate brake malfunction. Such is life. All of those brakes will work for what you're doing with them. That said, the XTs are probably my favorite as far as power/modulation goes.
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