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    Older Shimano XT Deore V-brakes or stock Tektros?

    I hope you guys can help me out here. I purchased an Outcast SS 29er that came with stock aluminum Tektro v-brakes (mid-range for sure). They are nice and do the job but a friend of mine gave me a set of older (I think around 2004) Shimano XT Deore v-brakes. Would it be worth it to swap out the stock brakes to the Shimanos or should I just stay with the Tektros? Braking power with the Tektros seem or appear to be a little weak and I was curious if the XT Deores would be a little better overall.
    Oh, one last thing...the Tektros are dead silent, no break howling at all. I've heard that is not always the case with the Shimanos.

    Thanks for your input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissoulaGriz
    I hope you guys can help me out here. I purchased an Outcast SS 29er that came with stock aluminum Tektro v-brakes (mid-range for sure). They are nice and do the job but a friend of mine gave me a set of older (I think around 2004) Shimano XT Deore v-brakes. Would it be worth it to swap out the stock brakes to the Shimanos or should I just stay with the Tektros? Braking power with the Tektros seem or appear to be a little weak and I was curious if the XT Deores would be a little better overall.
    Oh, one last thing...the Tektros are dead silent, no break howling at all. I've heard that is not always the case with the Shimanos.

    Thanks for your input.
    xt;s for sure better braking power as it is a parallel system, meaning the pad goes straight across to the rim surface as oppose to your tektro's they have a slight arch while heading to the rim surface.
    If the pads squeal, swap them out to kool stop cartridges. The Xt's have cartridge type pads which is nice and easy to replace because the housing stays on and simply pull out a small cotter style pin and slide the cartridge out and replace... simple and effective

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    Some of my favorite linear pull brakes have been Tektro's.

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    XT's if you dont mind it heavy.
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    Yeah I was gonna mention that I have the XTs on my wife's SS. They do stop very well but they're noticeably heavier than other v-brakes.

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    Interesting...so they may be heavier than the aluminum Tektros? I'm trying to shave a little weight not increase it. Hmmm.

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    Shimano stock pads were never a good experience for me, but the brakes were always good. KoolStop pads are a stronger and quieter. XT's with KoolStops should be very good, even if they are a bit heavier

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    The parallel linkage system wears out a lot faster then the standard arms on your tektros (many more small moving parts on the XTs). My XT brakes always made a lot of bad clicking/stuttering sounds, even after i rebuilt them. The paralell linkage system also doesn't really help you unless you run narrow (think 17c) rims with big (2.1+) tires.

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    It took me a long season of noise to decide that other brakes (avid and so on) were way better than my better than my beloved XTs. Stronger and quieter. The hell w/ their paralell push debris.
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    Thanks for all the great feedback and replies. I think I'm going to stick with the Tektros for now and look at an upgrade to a carbon rigid fork that is disc ready next season then make a change.

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    Brakes

    Sounds like you already made up your mind, but +1 for Tektro. I received good performance from them on a GT Peace 29er.

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    The parallel linkage is a perceived solution to a non-problem. The worst brake I've owned was an XTR parallel linkage.

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