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  1. #1
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    Replacing Avid Elixir brakes with ShiMano XTs on my Roscoe

    I have Elixir R and they are starting to give me problems. I am thinking on going with Shimano XT but it appears that they are not 100% compatible. For example 6 bolts vs center lock, rotor size, etc.

    Can I get some advice in what do I need to replace my Elixirs with XT?

    The bike is a Roscoe

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    You can order a pre-bled caliper/lever by itself and order a six bolt rotor separately. The newest XT rotor (RT-86) does come in a six bolt. You could save some money and go with a deore model rotor at about half the cost of a new XT. You will also need the shimano disc brake adapters (around $15-20 each) to mount the post style brakes to the IS mounts on the frame/fork.
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  3. #3
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    Hey, email me

    I've got a pretty new set of Shimano XT and want to swap for a set of Elixir R's


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    Shimano makes 6 bolt rotors, I have two sets.

  5. #5
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    You don't need new rotors, just buy the levers and calipers, pre bled. The 2012 XT brakes are the best brakes I have ever experienced.

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    I love my new Xt's they are awesome. Where I am running into trouble is that the brake lever is much shorter which means they are mounted closer to my grips. That pushes my shifters too close to the grips and my thumbs keep hitting them. On my left hand I also have a Reverb remote and it is just too crowded. They solve this by having the new shifters mount onto the brake lever housing--so now I am going to have to replace my shifters, I think. Just FYI.

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