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    Chili/Podium - which Brakes you using?

    Im about to drop kick my Formula RX's (with 203mm rotors) into the dustbin. They are quite spongy compared to other brakes ive used and not as powerful as i thought they'de be. I came from hope M4s which had great levers and modulation but were appalling in the rain.

    Both of these were noisy and this time ive vowed to get something quiet.

    Any suggestions? What you using or your Chilis or Podiums? Was thinking about trying Shimano (SLX? XT? XTR? ZEE? Saints?) this time, not sure which ones.
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    Podium came with Avid XO Trails 200/180

    On my Delirium and Delirium-T - Magura Louise BAT 200/180

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    Got avid elixir x9's. Not impressed with them. It's ok but not that strong. 180/180.

    Had saints on my intense ss which i loved. Very strong 203/180.

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    XTR trails on my Chilcotin.

    Lovin em but they do make noise in wet conditions. Currently running one metal and one organic pad and that helps quiet em a bit in the wet.

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    Formula The One's. They work really well and I've had no issues.

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    Podium - XT Trails
    Chili - XTR Trails
    Endo - XTR Trails

    Had the new Saints on the Chili and Podium, but both sets kept having the inconsistent bite point issue, so Shimano warrantied them with the XTR's. Loved them when they worked, but scary as hell coming hot into a corner and not knowing if the lever was going to come almost all the way to the bar, or have a hairpin trigger and lock up when barely touched. And yes they were bleed properly. These 3 currently have not done it once.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    XTR trails on my Chilcotin.

    Lovin em but they do make noise in wet conditions. Currently running one metal and one organic pad and that helps quiet em a bit in the wet.
    Interasting.. My XTR trail brakes are just the opposite. They are silent in wet conditions. And really strong. I am running after market El cheapo rotors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAKESNAKE View Post
    And really strong.
    I'll second that. Both my XTR's and XT's are insanely strong.
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    I am using the XO Trails on my Chilli. (F 200, R 180)
    So impressed with them that i got a set of XO Trail world cups for my hard tail. (F 180, R 160)...They have the X9 lever with the XO 4 pot caliper.

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    Hope V4s. Stooooopid power.
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    Loving my XOs but they do squeal when wet, just a reminder to keep off the brakes really.
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    PODIUM = Hayes Prime...They are great all around. Modulation, power and adjustment are fantastic. Not sure why these aren't more mainstream.

    CHILCOTIN = Hope M4...Great modulation and adjustment, with decent power.

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    V Tach: Hope V2
    Chili: XT with 203/180 Icetech

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    Chili: SLX but pondering the idea of Saints or M4s

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    avid codes 203/180 on my chili. no issues with them. great breaking power and no noise.

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    Magura MT6

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    Vtach switched to Podium: Hope V2 203/203 (they stop ya fast but need bleeds and gasket/seal maintenance regularly)
    Chili: XTRs (went 203/180 for whistler and DH, 180/180 was fine for AM riding)

    have a set of formula the ones I may swap over to the Podium for reference.

    I'm a huge formula and hope fan... ordered X0 Trails for the Endo 180/180 figure if I don't like on the Endo can swap XTR to Endo and X0 T to Chili.

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    XTR trails with 180mm Avid rotors on the Chili. Super strong and dead quiet.
    Saint (2012, not the new ones) with 203mm Shimano IceTech rotors on the Podium. Awesome power but they howl like a horny monkey when wet.

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    I'm runnin 2012 saints with 203/203 Ice tech rotors. More power than my noob ass will ever need.

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    Avid Hybrid for me...

    Started out with XO but as my Chilcotin begged me to to push past my limits, I needed more fade-free braking power in order to ride more challenging trails with the required momentum and speed. Found new replacement Code calipers at a good price that I added to the system while keeping the XO lever. Now there is more than enough, seemingly endless braking power, great modulation and quiet performance.

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    I have ridden my Hope M4 Evos with 203/203 Hope mono saw disc's for 2 seasons and was pretty happy with them, Endsless modulation is the word I changed them to Shimano Saint M820 with RT86 Rotors and they have the bite I was missing from the M4's. It feels like they have endless stopping power even when there is no end to the steep sections

    Just got some V4's for my Enduro bike and look forward to try em out on both bikes

    PS: 203mm in the back... Yes it's because I'm fat

    Edit: uhh, 10th post... pictures then
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    Quote Originally Posted by LAKESNAKE View Post
    Interasting.. My XTR trail brakes are just the opposite. They are silent in wet conditions. And really strong. I am running after market El cheapo rotors.
    I am using XT icetech rotors. And it happens if I use an I9 wheelset or a Hope wheelset (just to throw out the harmonics/wheelset theory).

    They just groan when wet.

    Take that comment however you want.

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    A pattern that seems to have emerged here is that people seem to be using / are happy with 'top of the range' brakes from any of the major brands. Seems my Formula RX's are the cheapest mentioned in this thread, mind you us Scots dae huv a reputation of being tight though!

    Any experiences with braided hoses on the rear brake? Are they worth it? Does their success depend which brakes you use them with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cfrench View Post
    A pattern that seems to have emerged here is that people seem to be using / are happy with 'top of the range' brakes from any of the major brands. Seems my Formula RX's are the cheapest mentioned in this thread, mind you us Scots dae huv a reputation of being tight though!
    A riding buddy of mine has the Shimano SLX brakes and loves them. The performance is very close to XT or even XTR, they are just missing a few of the 'high end" features like pad contact adjustment. They work great and are half the price of XTR. If I didn't already have my XTRs I would take a long look at the SLX set as many people argue the XTR's aren't worth the extra money.

    Quote Originally Posted by 006_007 View Post
    I am using XT icetech rotors. And it happens if I use an I9 wheelset or a Hope wheelset (just to throw out the harmonics/wheelset theory).

    They just groan when wet.
    I'm using I9 wheels as well - I wonder if they just don't like the vibration frequency of the IceTech rotors.

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    fairly comprehensive overview here

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