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    Looking for brakes, price not an option

    Ok so here's the deal. I have a full sus XC rig and am looking to get new brakes @ the end of the season. Price is not an issue, simply weight and performance, and looks to a certain degree. As far as looks go IMO nothing looks better thean the Marta's. Here's what I've narrowed it down to, just lookin for some advice.

    1. Magura Marta SL Mag Ti
    2. Formula The One
    3. Avid Juicy Ultimate
    4. Shimano XTR 975

    The order listed is the order which I'm leaning towrds. I only ride XC and do about 6 races a year. Thanks.
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    Hope Mono Mini?

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    Formula Bianco or Puro!

    I have them both and have never ridden a better brake.

    Much better than Marta IMO.

    Go Formula!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamantane
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    I only tuned in to see what price not an option meant. If you're a weight weenie, just go for the lightest since you have no budget. They'll all be more than fine for your needs....
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    I second the Hopes, by far the best built brake out there. I run the M4's on my Ti Hardtail, they are the best brakes i have ever owned.

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    One Vote for: Formula Puro

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    Quote Originally Posted by adamantane
    spend as much as you can

    ya but price is not an option, so he has to get the stuff for free

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantMartin

    1. Magura Marta SL Mag Ti
    2. Formula The One
    3. Avid Juicy Ultimate
    4. Shimano XTR 975
    1.really light but a pain to work on and bleed,and have had customer or two with bad lever slop/pop

    2.if you want light formula the puros are lighter,people rave about them. the ONEs do look really good though.

    3. really great, too bad the even lighter ultimate Mags are oem only. thats the ticket right there,if you can get ahold of some

    4.ill be honest,i just straight up stay away from everything shimano. dont like them.

    5.HOPE MINI PRO. if you dont get the juicy ultimates you should get these. IMO
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    Formula Oro Puro, or, if you can wait a few more months, get the Formula R1 when it comes out. It will be replacing the Puro and is supposed to be even lighter, and with more power. I am running Puros now and they are perfect for me, and I'm on a FS XC race bike as well.

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    I have the formula ones and think they are great.
    for XC racing you don't need that power, the control is great however

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    Great stuff, thx, never even really considered Formaulas
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    Hadley rear hub service here and here.

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    Formula is the way to go. Find the one that suits your needs and get them. I have K24's and The One. Both rock but don't even compare to each other except maybe the fact that they have lots of power for their intended use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaveGiant
    I have the formula ones and think they are great.
    for XC racing you don't need that power, the control is great however
    Add my vote to the Formula The One. I have been riding them on my Maverick ML8 for 6+ months now and they are by far the best brakes I've used.

    The Shimano XTR M975 I used before were light but just didn't measure up (sticky pistons, uneven lever feel, hard to bleed).

    The Hope Mini I had (2001 vintage) were probably the second best (great build quality, great power - for 2001!)

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    '09 mono mini pro

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