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    X post: XT vs XTR Trail? Are they worth the extra $?

    Are the XTR trail brakes worth the extra $ over the new XT brakes?

    Do the XTR have any more power?

    I assume you get a better fit & finish, and save a bit of weight.

    Do you guys think it is worth it?

    Thanks for any replies. About to pull the trigger on one of these.

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    the new 2012 XT brakes have the same power and features as the XTR trail brakes. the only real difference is what you mentioned... fit&finish and some weight savings.

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    Your biggest difference is going to be weight.
    If you are competing and can afford it then yes. It is worth it.
    More power??? Well the weight difference will make a difference on climbs. Especially when you are talking XTR crank, cassett, & chain. So it may give you the impression of more power when it's not. What you are really feeling is the efficiantcy of lighter weight from the rotating mass.
    When will you learn that I am always right sometimes?

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    Oh, afterall it's just about the weight.. Hmm.. probably I just stuck with my XT set then..

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    I have both - no difference in power or feel. XTR has one piece caliper and are pretty :-). XT is all business

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    I have both and the xtr trails are indeed more powerful, better modulation and just perform better. So it is not just a weight issue..

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    But there is nothing wrong with xt brakes work fine, but xtr is just a little better performing, and if you can afford them..

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    XTR if you can

    the XTR are monobloc caliper, which eliminates the potential for leakage between the two halves of the XT caliper.

    In our shop, we've seen several of the new XT brakes (which feel AWESOME, btw) leaking between the caliper halves and around the piston.

    Shimano has warrantied each one that's come up-I wonder if there is a known issue with the new pistons and/or seals?

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    Are the XTR Trail brakes lighter than the XT brakes but heavier than XTR Race?

    I have formula brakes and hate them. I had the first generation xtr brakes and loved them.

    Just trying to decide what to buy. I have Rocky Mountain Element 970 and plan to run them with 180 rotors. Do people run the race brakes with 180 rotors? I wold think the trail brakes are more versitle.

    Thanks for the help.

    Thanks

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    XTR = 3 yr. warranty that you probably won't need, but is nice if you do. I still have my old M900 and M950 groups in use, I don't have any 20 yr. old XT left.

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