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    Which xt brakes is everyone comparing

    I read all these slx vs xt threads but which xt brakes the reg xt or the ice xt..
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    Most people are referring to the XT 785 brakes. Ice Tech is name of the brake rotor technology.

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    Your second link is the XT with cooling fins on caliper is the newest generation and that is a good price!

    The first link says 2012 but looks like the older style.

    Can't comment on the first but the newer generation XT brakes work great IMO and I have never been impressed with other hydros.

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    The xt 785 brake calipers and levers of those two brakes are the same other then the color, the only real difference between the two is that one has finned pads and the other doesn't.

    * The xt 785 is available in silver or black
    * The xt 785 is also available with finned pads or with standard pads.
    * The finned 'Ice Tech' pads are more expensive then standard pads, that's why one of the xt 785 brakes is more expensive then the other.

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    From my experience (I have both XT 785s with finned and without) if you don't have long DHs, then you won't really notice a difference in braking between the two, heck I don't know if you would even on fairly long DHs, both work fantastic.
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    So if the ones in the first link are purchased can the pads be upgraded to the fin style once they wear out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyCapps View Post
    So if the ones in the first link are purchased can the pads be upgraded to the fin style once they wear out?
    Yes. The caliper and lever are identical, other than color. If you like the silver color better, you can always get the "finned" pads later.

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    Be aware, those brakes are OE, or take-offs. The hoses have already been cut, so if you need a longer length, they may not work for you. My buddy got a set a couple months ago and they were too short, didn't have the pad spacer, bleed block, or the extra olive and barb. By the time he bought new hoses and everything else he needed, he would have been better off buying them elsewhere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottap2003 View Post
    Be aware, those brakes are OE, or take-offs. The hoses have already been cut, so if you need a longer length, they may not work for you. My buddy got a set a couple months ago and they were too short, didn't have the pad spacer, bleed block, or the extra olive and barb. By the time he bought new hoses and everything else he needed, he would have been better off buying them elsewhere.
    Very very true. Almost bit the bullet on a pair and then looked at the hose lengths, a bit to short for my XXL frame and 32" bars.

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    Ah ok I rather have a new set with everything included..who sells full complete sets then..I'm guessing all these sites that have bluesky prices are incomplete kits?
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    $230 for a set delivered with standard pads
    Shimano XT BR-M785 Set Black
    Shimano XT BR-M785 Set Silver

    $234 for a set delivered with finned Ice Tech pads
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    Quote Originally Posted by cobba View Post
    $230 for a set delivered with standard pads
    Shimano XT BR-M785 Set Black
    Shimano XT BR-M785 Set Silver

    $234 for a set delivered with finned Ice Tech pads
    Shimano XT BR-M785 Set Silver
    Shimano XT BR-M785 Set Black
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    Quote Originally Posted by cobba View Post
    $230 for a set delivered with standard pads
    Shimano XT BR-M785 Set Black
    Shimano XT BR-M785 Set Silver

    $234 for a set delivered with finned Ice Tech pads
    Shimano XT BR-M785 Set Silver
    Shimano XT BR-M785 Set Black
    Doesn't say if it comes with the brackets
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    Adapters and rotors don't usually come with Shimano brakes but occasionally you'll find a shop that sells a 'complete' set that has rotors and adapters.

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    aren't slx 666 brakes supposed to be pretty much same caliper and lever

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    I got the XT set (F and R) for $221 free ship, from Jenson, they price matched Wiggle. This was for complete set with olives etc. Jenson is good to check and they price match without even speaking to a person. You just copy and paste the link and they give you an answer instantly in most cases. Items like most price match, must be identical.

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    You're lucky, guess they lost enough sales by originally not price matching for "overseas" shops, one reason I stopped using them, as well TBH, the net has no boundaries and thought that was shite.
    Quote Originally Posted by BacDoc View Post
    I got the XT set (F and R) for $221 free ship, from Jenson, they price matched Wiggle. This was for complete set with olives etc. Jenson is good to check and they price match without even speaking to a person. You just copy and paste the link and they give you an answer instantly in most cases. Items like most price match, must be identical.
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