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    upgrade brakes to slx m665?

    I have a 2010 giant talon 1 29er. I love the bike and hate the brakes. It has the root hydraulic brakes. When Im coming down into a corner it just cant slow it down enough. I end up having to shed speed before just to get slow enough. I have cleaned and re-bed the brakes and bled the brakes several times.

    I am now ready to purchase some new brakes and I have found some shimano slx m665 handle and caliper front plus rear brakes for about 175 shipped. Or the newer slx m665 for 200ish. How much of an upgrade would that be? Is it worth it?

    Also, will the stock 160mm rotors be fine or do they require a different type of rotor?

    I am looking for 1 finger brakes which is impossible with the roots. Thanks
    Last edited by whooda; 04-28-2012 at 07:38 PM.
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    hard to go past shimano brakes. If the diameter is the same the rotor will work fine.

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    The SLX will work for sure and have enough stopping power, go for it.

    If you really want power go with Avid Code or Shimano Saint.

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    Replacing my horrible Avid Elixr CR's today with the new XT's - i have not used SLX - but other than some weight and possibly a bit of "power" anticipate they are pretty darn good.

    Have had xt's now on multiple bikes and have always been good, reliable and good modulation and feel for a decent price - = real value

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    thanks for the input. I just ordered the brakes. Cant wait.
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