With new pads I don't feel the difference between my XT or XTR Race brakes. They are both great.
There is no free-float adjust in the Race XTRs. This means that though you can change the reach, you can't change the throw before they engage. Normally this isn't a problem, but I've found with the XTR Race, as they pads wear my throw becomes further and further. Two avoid bottoming out against my grips I can only adjust the reach further out, and the throw distance gets a bit ridiculous.
In all other hydraulic brakes I've used, as the pad wears the brake sort of resets itself so the throw stays consistent. This doesn't seem to happen with the XTR Race, they seem to return all the way back as if new thick pads were installed.
So one 'cheat' I've found is a bit dubious; I take the wheel out so the rotor is clear, then pump the brake 5-10 times, put the wheel back, and the throw is greatly reduced. It only works if I remove the rotor though, pumping them with the rotor doesn't still leaves the pads too far away.
Am I doing something wrong? Is this how the XTR was designed? Yes I love the weight savings, and yes the brakes have phenomenal performance. It's not a bleed issue because when they do engage there is no mushy feel. I wonder if everyone else has found similar issues or solutions?
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