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    Saint M820 vs. XT 785

    I'm looking to buy new brakes for my bike (2013 Giant Reign 2) this week and I'm cross shopping the Saint M820 and the XT-785. I'd plan on going Icetech 203 rotors F/R with either setup as I'm a pretty big dude (305lbs). I mainly do x-county single track although I went downhill riding last weekend at a local ski hill and had a ton of fun. I could see myself going back once a month as there were some trails where I could enjoy the gravity without dying or destroying my bike. Figure a 90% x-country and 10% downhill split.

    The XT's are $120 and the Saints are $180, is it worth the extra $60 in the end for the Saints or will the XT's be fine? I don't mind spending the extra money if needed but the savings would pay for the rotors and give my bike budget some space for a new rear derailleur.

    Anyone with either setup have some thoughts? I'm sure either is better than the Elixir 1's that I burnt up last weekend.

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    I'm bigger than you and have plenty of stopping power with the 203/160 M785s. I haven't run the 820's to compare them, but I'm running 203 F/R Hope M4's (also 4 piston) on my Heckler. The power is incredible, but definitely overkill for the mixed riding I do.

    Since you're gonna be 90% XC, i'd save the $ and go XT all the way. Plenty of power!
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    Not sure if you are interested in SLX but Bluesky has really great pricing.
    I just picked up a 180mm front and will most likely get the rear as well.
    Someone else would have to chime in on how effective they are for your weight, setup and goals though

    SLX M666 IceTech - 180mm - front - $69.98

    SLX M675 IceTech - 180mm front or 160mm rear - $89.98
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    Re: Saint M820 vs. XT 785

    Look at the Zee from Blue Sky instead of the Saint. Was only $20 more than XT. Also, I bought the 203 Icetech rotors (not cheap). Love love them. Tons of power. More than needed 80% of the time, but having them for that 20% is soooo worth it. Shimano brakes have such a good feel too.

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    Saint M820 vs. XT 785

    I haven't tried the 820s, but I had 810s on my last bike, and I don't feel like I lost anything by using the 785s. I imagine the 820s are more powerful, but the 785s are good enough that I see no reason to upgrade.
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    Thanks for the opinions folks. I think I'll just stick with the 785's, I'm sure they will be fine for my riding. I'll let you know how it works out!

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    Well it seems Shimano doen't make a post mount adapter for me to run a 203 rotor in the back so I'll have to run a 180. Weird.

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    Re: Saint M820 vs. XT 785

    180 should be fine. I have the 203 but it is overkill for most. Prob save you $20-30 staying with the 180

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    I have both but on different bikes.
    My Turner(s) have the saints, with 203 rotors and I luv them!
    Lots of power specially on the steep stuff.
    My Surly Troll which is my road/touring with 6 inch rotors has good power but not as good as my Saints!
    But good brakes either way!
    But the extra $60.00 bucks is worth it!!!!\
    Just my 0.2 cents worth.

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