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    Brakes - Reliable, Powerful and lightweight?

    All,

    Looking into getting new brakes.
    I currently run SRAM XX brake set.

    Any recommendations as far as a reliable and powerful brake set which would also be light weight? - I am currently building a new bike

    Thanks!
    Ofir

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    XTR Race brakes. Less problematic than the SRAM XX too. Or for bigger bucks, the Magura MT-8 (or MT-6 to save a few bucks)
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    Yup. XTR and be done with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    XTR Race brakes. Less problematic than the SRAM XX too. Or for bigger bucks, the Magura MT-8 (or MT-6 to save a few bucks)
    What about the weight differences between the brakes? e.g. XTR race vs. the MT8s?
    Can you also recommend rotors?

    thanks!
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    Xtr

    I have Avid Juicy Ultimates, Formula R1's and new XTR's.
    When I need new brakes choice will be XTR, no doubt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaadd View Post
    What about the weight differences between the brakes? e.g. XTR race vs. the MT8s?
    Can you also recommend rotors?

    thanks!
    Ofir
    I'd use XTR ICETech rotors with the XTR and the Storm SL rotors with the Magura.MT-6 or MT-8.

    I think the MT-8 are lighter than the XTR and the MT-6 are heavier. There's a fairly recent post with the Magura weights. Here's the XTR weights

    XTR FRONT BRAKE

    Brakes - Reliable, Powerful and lightweight?-2010_1210new0003.jpg

    XTR REAR BRAKE

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    Plastic pad keeper


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    XTR 160mm ICE Tech rotor

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    Magura Storm SL Rotor with CL adapter
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    I have been riding with the XTR trail brakes with ice tech rotors for a little over a year now. Still loving it!

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    On a related note, how much does the centerlock adapter weigh? Seems like ~40g? Just curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phlegm View Post
    On a related note, how much does the centerlock adapter weigh? Seems like ~40g? Just curious.
    6 bolts to center lock?
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    Quote Originally Posted by phlegm View Post
    On a related note, how much does the centerlock adapter weigh? Seems like ~40g? Just curious.
    The DT Swiss 6 bolt CL adapter is 29gms
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    Quote Originally Posted by blaadd View Post
    What about the weight differences between the brakes? e.g. XTR race vs. the MT8s? Can you also recommend rotors?
    thanks! Ofir
    Weights for MT8:
    Front Lever caliper, lines and bolts, 179.4 g, Storm 160 mm rotor 96.4 g, 6 Ti rotor bolts 7 g
    Rear Lever caliper, lines and bolts, 191.4 g, Storm 140 mm rotor 75.4 g, 6 Ti rotor bolts 7 g
    IS-PM adapter 14 gr 2 Ti bolts 8 gr
    Front 282.8 gr Rear 285.8 gr Total: 568.6 gr
    I had the Storm before the MT series came out, so I kept using Ti bolts instead of the Al bolts supplied with newer versions, a couple more grams but I feel it more safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by doccoraje View Post
    Weights for MT8:
    Front Lever caliper, lines and bolts, 179.4 g, Storm 160 mm rotor 96.4 g, 6 Ti rotor bolts 7 g
    Rear Lever caliper, lines and bolts, 191.4 g, Storm 140 mm rotor 75.4 g, 6 Ti rotor bolts 7 g
    IS-PM adapter 14 gr 2 Ti bolts 8 gr
    Front 282.8 gr Rear 285.8 gr Total: 568.6 gr
    I had the Storm before the MT series came out, so I kept using Ti bolts instead of the Al bolts supplied with newer versions, a couple more grams but I feel it more safe.
    I did the math according to info on this reply and on bikerumor.com

    I have a center lock hubs - so for me it would be about 85 grams difference between the XTR Race and the MT8. And this, of course, not to be taken lightly. If I would not needed the adapters from 6bolts to CL it would be 85+58=143gr difference.

    The current rotors I have are the SRAM XX HSX Center Lock rotors. 120gr each.

    Sram has a new brake for 2013 but I am not sure if I really would like to use those... although my XX brakes did not ever failed me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rockyuphill View Post
    The DT Swiss 6 bolt CL adapter is 29gms
    Cheers, thanks.

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    i don't have a weigh scale to take pics of them, but I have been extremely pleased with these Hygia brakes. I tuned them with alloy bolts, aluminum backed brake pads, and lightweight housings, Been running them for about a year now, and they've been maintenance free. (I replaced the brake fluid when I switched out the hyd. housings.)





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