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  1. #1
    just ride
    Join Date
    Oct 2006

    XT has abrupt braking than SLX?

    On the same model bike with the same resin pads, HS1 rotors. Why is the XT felt grabby than the SLX? It felt like the SLX had better modulation than the XT's. Also, from reading the reviews on XT brakes, they also mentioned it being grabby even with metallic or resin pads on shimano ice rotors.

    Is there any difference in the caliper perhaps? I just bought the XT's since theyre cheaper than SLX (on sale) but not sure if I want to install this..

  2. #2
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    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    To me the XT's are kind of on or off. I thought they had poor modulation. I used them for a month and then put them on my wife's bike. She has small, weak hands and loves them.

  3. #3
    thread crapper
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Adjust the free stroke. That will probably help with it. I backed mine off or gave it more throw before it engaged and I like it a bit more. You can crank it up and they're super grabby. That's what that adjustment is for.

  4. #4
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    Jul 2012
    I think that you just need to spend time with them to adjust to their feel. I too thought that they were grabby to start with but now I can feather them quite nicely. +1 on the stroke adjustment but I feel that with time you can learn to feel how to work them well.

    2012 XXL Carve Expert

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