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    Shimano SLX ... WOW!

    Since '08 when I bought my first bike with hydraulic discs, I've had Avids.
    Juicy 7's, Juicy threes, Elixirs...
    Not had any trouble with any of them.
    While shopping parts for my wife's bike, I couldn't ignore all of the posts I read on here about people raving about XT and SLX brakes.
    I put a set on my wife's Spearfish and I have to say I'm blown away. I love how they feel and I love the lever.
    The only thing I'm not completely thrilled with is the gigantic mount. It kinda limits the way I like to set up the cockpit.
    I think I may try a set on my next build instead of the Elixir Trail 9's I was planning on going with.
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    Nice, I've been thoroughly enjoying my SLX brakes on my Superfly and even my Deores on my SS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shenny88 View Post
    Nice, I've been thoroughly enjoying my SLX brakes on my Superfly and even my Deores on my SS.
    Can you feel a difference between the deores and the slx on the trail?

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    Honestly, while im riding i dont think i can tell the difference in which brake im squeezing. They both stop well and have excellent control. I can tell a bigger difference since the SLX equipped bike has a 180mm rotor on the front and the Deore bike is a 160mm.

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    The only thing I'm not completely thrilled with is the gigantic mount. It kinda limits the way I like to set up the cockpit.
    You know the SLX are I-spec compatible, which means you can combine brake lever and shifter on one mount? Makes for a much neater cockpit setup...

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerthMTB View Post
    You know the SLX are I-spec compatible, which means you can combine brake lever and shifter on one mount? Makes for a much neater cockpit setup...
    Yeah... But for Shimano shifters, right? I put Sram X7 on this bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    Yeah... But for Shimano shifters, right? I put Sram X7 on this bike.
    Try these...
    Problem Solvers

    Using them to match up my Shimano Zee brake levers with SRAM X9 shifters. Nice clean setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MondoRides View Post
    Try these...
    Problem Solvers

    Using them to match up my Shimano Zee brake levers with SRAM X9 shifters. Nice clean setup.
    I got a set of these hoping for magic, but they just didnt work for how I like my controls set up. They put the shifter to far in for me, though I run brakes quite inboard.
    Whats this line for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MondoRides View Post
    Try these...
    Problem Solvers

    Using them to match up my Shimano Zee brake levers with SRAM X9 shifters. Nice clean setup.
    I saw those. My brakes are too new. 2013. Thanks, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    I saw those. My brakes are too new. 2013. Thanks, though.
    Pretty sure the 2013 Shimano brakes are also i-Spec compatible too.

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    Has anybody else experienced that the factory bleed is not that good? I just bled mine and the braking power and feel improved very significantly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MondoRides View Post
    Pretty sure the 2013 Shimano brakes are also i-Spec compatible too.
    I will try them then.
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    Love my SLX brakes. Switched from Juicy 7's. Huge improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frdfandc View Post
    Love my SLX brakes. Switched from Juicy 7's. Huge improvement.
    I currently have Juicy 7's on my bike and I just ordered SLX's for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    I currently have Juicy 7's on my bike and I just ordered SLX's for it.
    Want to sell me your Juicy's? I hate my SLX.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TonyB. View Post
    Want to sell me your Juicy's? I hate my SLX.
    They're from 08 and they're pretty ugly... You may want to rethink that.
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    are all SLX model I-spec compatible?
    mine is BL M666.
    can i pair any I-spec shifter wid my SLX brake lever?
    many thanks

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    are all SLX model I-spec compatible?
    mine is BL M666.
    Only M666 and after are I-Spec compatible, so that's M666, M675, and M675-B. But note that the M675-B levers have the new 2014 I-Spec interface, hence the 'B' in the model number, and will only take 'B' model I-Spec shifters.


    can i pair any I-spec shifter wid my SLX brake lever?
    M666 levers will fit any I-Spec first generation or I-Spec second generation 'B' shifters - SLX, XT, or XTR.

    Note: This whole I-Spec first generation and new 'B' generation thing is very confusing. What I've said above is correct, but if you want to delve into it a bit more then take a look at this thread - XT brakes with i-spec shifters It's about XT but the info later on about the new I-Spec standard applies equally to SLX.

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    Tonyb, what do you hate about your brakes? I despise Avid juicy brakes.

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    I had a heck of a time getting my SLX brakes to stop squealing. The power is OK, but I don't like the feel. The modulation is not as nice. My first experience with disc brakes was when I retrofitted a set of Juicy 7's onto a Gary Fisher Tassajara. I bolted them on, aligned the calipers and they worked well and never made noise. Guess I'm in the minority around here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerthMTB View Post
    Only M666 and after are I-Spec compatible, so that's M666, M675, and M675-B. But note that the M675-B levers have the new 2014 I-Spec interface, hence the 'B' in the model number, and will only take 'B' model I-Spec shifters.




    M666 levers will fit any I-Spec first generation or I-Spec second generation 'B' shifters - SLX, XT, or XTR.

    Note: This whole I-Spec first generation and new 'B' generation thing is very confusing. What I've said above is correct, but if you want to delve into it a bit more then take a look at this thread - XT brakes with i-spec shifters It's about XT but the info later on about the new I-Spec standard applies equally to SLX.
    That's great news! Thank you very much for the comprehensive info Sir. Will look for a compatible I-Spec shifter this weekend, another good motivation coming up

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    Re: Shimano SLX ... WOW!

    Quote Originally Posted by TonyB. View Post
    I had a heck of a time getting my SLX brakes to stop squealing. The power is OK, but I don't like the feel. The modulation is not as nice. My first experience with disc brakes was when I retrofitted a set of Juicy 7's onto a Gary Fisher Tassajara. I bolted them on, aligned the calipers and they worked well and never made noise. Guess I'm in the minority around here.
    Must be on some crap rotors.
    I had my m596s on clean sweep g3s 185/160 and my brakes felt okay at best, switched to SLX 180/160 and butter, great modulation and stopping force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerthMTB View Post
    Only M666 and after are I-Spec compatible, so that's M666, M675, and M675-B. But note that the M675-B levers have the new 2014 I-Spec interface, hence the 'B' in the model number, and will only take 'B' model I-Spec shifters.

    M666 levers will fit any I-Spec first generation or I-Spec second generation 'B' shifters - SLX, XT, or XTR.

    Note: This whole I-Spec first generation and new 'B' generation thing is very confusing. What I've said above is correct, but if you want to delve into it a bit more then take a look at this thread - XT brakes with i-spec shifters It's about XT but the info later on about the new I-Spec standard applies equally to SLX.
    Got my Xt I-Spec shifters installed to my SLX brake lever already and It's COOL!
    Thanks PerthMTB!

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    Just upgrade from elixir 1 to slx m675,...yes slx is wow..
    the modulation, quiet, power , feel, all much better. I dont hv any problem with my elixir 1, just craving for upgrade.
    Happy with my slx..
    btw, anyone know what kind of pads these slx m675 come with?

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    These are amazon links to the pads current slx brakes are using. You can have them finned or unfinned. Finned pads look nice but im not sure if you actually need them if your not doing extreme downhill or weigh above 200 lbs and do lots of steep descents. I do lots of steep descents (1500 meters in 12 kms) and weigh 170 lbs. I have used both finned and unfinned with no noticeable differerence.

    Amazon.com: Shimano BR-M985 F01A Resin Disc Brake Pad with Spring and Fin: Sports & Outdoors

    Amazon.com: Shimano BR-M985 G01A Resin Disc Brake Pad: Sports & Outdoors

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