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    help a novice strong brakes lover

    hi guys,
    will the SHIMANO SAINT Disc Brake Caliper BR-M820
    fit my 203mm rotor on a 29er?
    as i said-novice

    tnx

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    You are going to need the proper adapter for the brake.

    Also, make sure that your fork is recommended to be able to use the 203mm rotor.

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    caliper

    cool so the caliper is mounted with an adapter thats it right?
    im thinking of buying only the caliper but dont know if it will work with my elxir3 levers?
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    Saint caliper is Shimano. Elixir 3 levers are Avid. They will not work together.
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    so what i need to do?to get the saint full set?with levers?

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    Yes. Saints are a $230 brake set. XT are about half that. I have read of people using XT for mild downhill. With 203mm XT's would be powerful brakes. SLX can be had for $70
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    but the saints got 4 piston caliper the xt dont.
    i want the best there is.
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    what do u mean?

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    aha so the saints are not the strongest-(

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    so the absolute best is???

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    If "best" is a combination of price, weight, power and features IMHO Shimano XT.YMMV

    Define Best.
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    best stoping power.
    price is not an issue.
    i think ill go with the saints

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    But the "best" brakes are not necessarily the ones with the most power. You'll also need to be able to control/modulate that power. And brakes have other properties that you may or may not care about. Weight, looks, lever feel, reliability, parts availability, serviceability and ergonomics, to name a few. I'm not saying that the Saint 820 brakes are lacking in any of those departments, but there are a lot of considerations to make. Claiming that one type of disc brake is the "absolute best" is impossible.

    One might be best for you of course.

    If it's power you're after, you could also look at Formula RO, BrakeForce One, Avid X0 Trail and Hope Tech Evo M4 as well as Shimano Saint, but I'm sure you'd be happy with/impressed by the reasonably priced XT or SLX brakes with 203 and 180mm discs as well.

    As others have said, btw, you can not mix and match components from different brands, or not even always components from the same brand, as they are designed for different hydraulic fluids and around different principles, so it's very possible to render your brakes useless or even destroyed that way.

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    the xt is stronger than the saints,
    hoe is that even possible its a 2 caliper and4.

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    tnx a lot i think ill go with the xt and a 203mm xt rotor,they should fit ok no?

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    Quote Originally Posted by avi1777 View Post
    the xt is stronger than the saints,
    hoe is that even possible its a 2 caliper and4.
    The number of pistons in the caliper isn't everything, but I can't see that anyone has said the XT har more power than Saint. (?)

    The XT brakes will probably be powerful enough, though. Especially with 203mm discs, but if you want the absolutely maximum amount of power available, then there are others with more power, of course.

    I see no reason why the XT brakes shouldn't fit your bike/fork with the right adapters. The only thing is that not all forks are approved by their manufacturer for discs as big as 203mm.

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    http://www.bikeradar.com/mtb/fitness/article/how-we-test-hydraulic-disc-brakes-24345/
    but its all good the xt is way enough for me,got them now can wait to install.
    tnx for all the help guys.

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