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    Mix and Match Shimano calipers and levers/master cylinders?

    Just wondering if there is a significant difference between modern Shimano brakes, in terms of the lever/master cylinder and the caliper, being that they all run on the same mineral oil. I love the idea of a more powerful brake with a four pot caliper front and a two pot rear running a bigger rotor on the front, similar to a motorcycle style, yet visually running the same levers.

    The idea is that I buy a Zee caliper but bleed it and use it with a XT M785 or SLX M666 lever/master cylinder for the front, would it work? Anyone tried it, or know theoretically if it would work?

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    It will definitely work fine, not sure if the lever displacement will be ideal but I assume it is about the same...I will be trying the same thing soon enough with a Saint caliper on XT levers. I'm already running one XTR caliper on the XT levers, but of course these have the same pistons. If youre super curious, may

    I think you can even use the same banjo bolt so the hose just bolts right on.

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    I am glad I am not the only one who has thought about this - Has anyone tried it yet? How is the lever feel?

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    I have a new set of Zee's; love the power, but miss the freestroke adjustment (i had elixir CRs which have great adjustment options).

    I want to find out what is the difference between running XT levers VS. Saint levers on my Zee calipers...both XT and Saint have freestroke adjustment, i think. wonder if there would be much difference (power, lever feel, adjustability, etc...)

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    All the new XT, Saint/Zee levers are the same internally, only difference is cosmetic.

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    I read somewhere that the xt piston might be a little different and produce a bit less force. So that is definitely wrong then?

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