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    I have had a set of elixer 5's and replaced them with a set of slightly used slx for my older fuel. A much better brake. My next bike had slx stock with standard shimano rotors. I considered a set of ice tech pads but ended up selling the fuel 29 for a niner rip that comes stock with xt and ice tech pads/rotors. I did demo a niner with xo brakes and IMO did not have near the feel or modulation of the xt. You can't go wrong with slx or xt. Buy what ever is cheaper. If you still cannot decide pick between the matte silver or chrome top cap. Shimano brakes are a must have.
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    Just replaced Elixir 3s with XTs M785. Very easy to install and trim the hose. Did not bleed yet as I do not see the need right now. Very adjustable lever and love the shape. As for braking...very powerful and predictive. If you have the money...

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    I put slx on mine. They're fantastic brakes for the money, but they got even better when I put on the ice-tech rotors.

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    I'm trying to decide between xt's and xtr trails will be using ice tech rotors. Is it worth the extra money to get the xtr's?

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    Nope. At least not in my opinion. I have all three, and to be honest I can't tell the difference in performance. In fact, the SLXs are actually feeling the best right now. The XTRs look the nicest, but that's not worth the premium.

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    I have xt's and like them but if the xtr's are better I was going to get them. So xt's it is then thanks for the input.

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    Just went from Elixer CR's to Shimano XT's with Ice Tech Rotors. 203 front, 180 rear. I never thought brakes could make me faster but these did. Insane brake control. Superb product!

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    Quote Originally Posted by So Cal RX View Post
    Nope. At least not in my opinion. I have all three, and to be honest I can't tell the difference in performance. In fact, the SLXs are actually feeling the best right now. The XTRs look the nicest, but that's not worth the premium.
    I agree , my personal opinion is that the XT's are just right in spec and price.
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    I installed XT's after blowing out a set of rather new Elixir 5's. Why did I not go to Shimano sooner!?

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    I have M615 brakes that came stock on my crave pro and love the way they feel.

    would there be any benefit or noticeable difference to go to SLX or XT over the M615's?

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    I ran m615s on my 29er, then sold it and got a fatbike with SLX. The SLX might have a tad more power, but it is really close. I think the M615 modulate better and are less on/off feeling that the SLX/XT.
    I ran XT on my trail bike for a bit and I dont think there is any difference between the SLX and XT.
    Currently I'm running Zee on my trail bike, and they modulate much better than the SLX/XT, and overall power is a tad stronger. They actually feel similar to the m615, but with more power.
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    SLX, XTR, XT brakes input from fellow riders.

    Maybe a good thing is to keep my m615s but just upgrade to 203/180 rotors instead of my 180/160 rotors that are stock. Might as well get ice tech rotors and pads with my m615s and I'd be good to go huh?

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    Who has best price on xt's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruckus99ss View Post
    Who has best price on xt's?
    Go look in the Where are the Best Deals forum. There's a couple different threads on this very topic. Short answer: probably Ribble or Merlin or Chainreaction, depending on your sensitivity to pad type (finned or not) and if there are discount codes in play.

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    Nobody is even close to the prices on bike-discount.de
    Its a German site and currently full sets of SLX are $109, SLX with Icetech pads are $131, XT icetech are $163, and Zee are $197.

    Shipping is a flat $27 to the US, so I generally get together with some buddies and place a larger order and split shipping. It the best palce to order Shimano parts and Schwalbe tires way under US cost.
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    I'd like to politely suggest that this discussion is more appropriate in the threads dedicated to this very topic in Where are the Best Deals forum, but I'd also like to challenged this statement:

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Lynch View Post
    Nobody is even close to the prices on bike-discount.de
    I'm also a fan of bike-discount, but saying "nobody is even close" is hyperbole. The shipping charges alone make bike-discount higher than most of the UK sites, unless, as you point out, you aggregate a bunch of friends into a large purchase. But if that isn't an option to the person asking above, then the UK sites are better options.

    Example:
    XT icetech at CRC: Today $164 shipped. Was $144 last week during their $20 off $149 promo.


    So its great to add bike-discount into consideration, but when XT Icetech are $164 shipped from CRC and they are $163 + $27 shipping at bike-discount, I think we can agree that other sites are in fact "close" . . . or even better.

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    I stand corrected, as least with the XT brakes. That is a good price on the XTs at CRC, but for the price I'd go SLX. I dont notice any difference between the SLX and XT, and I prefer the matte silver of the SLX over the blinged out XTs.
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    I'm just happy there are so many affordable options on the excellent Shimano brakes. Its pretty rare that a functionally superior component is also ridiculously cheap!

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    Shimano XT M785's for $82.49 w/ IceTech pads

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davide View Post
    I have been using XTR Trail for 9 months (coming from Magura SL). Great stopping power (even at 160/160), true 1 finger action, and modulation is fantastic. Lever adjustment is at a finger tip, free stroke adjustment a bit hard to judge, great bar clamp.

    I bought front and rear on sale for $360 and to save a bit I got Avid HS1 160mm rotors for dimes on e-bay. With my weight (160) and riding style I see no reason to use a 180 front.

    No experience with XT and SLX, but they are both considered great brakes and bargain price (Gee ... you can get a SLX set for $150!!!! )
    Just an update, the Avid HS1 disk in front started to squeal horribly. Cleaned it, sanded lightly the pads, got better a bit, then started to squeal again, cleaned put in new pads, eventually re-started squealing AND during all this the brake lost power.

    So I gave up, bought a XT Ice-tech rotor (at Chain reaction, very cheap!), went 180 just to contradict my previous post and ... geez what a difference. With the HS1 160 the XTR was great (while the rotor lasted) but with the 180 Ice-tech the increase in power is very noticeable, with the same outstanding modulation. I would be curious to compare with the 160 Ice-tech ...

    Anyway it makes a real big difference on the trail and did I mention? Zero Squeal! Go Ice-tech rotor!

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