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    Any Deals on brakes?

    Anyone have a line on a decent set of mid-level hydros, maybe a step up from the Hayes brakes @ price point?
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    Chain Reaction has xt brakes for around 110 a piece.

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    Shimano SLX m666 < $90 at Blue Sky.
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    Merlin Cycles has Deore front & rear for $117 (no rotors).

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    SLX is high level performance-wise. If you have some other things to add to an order, like a clutch rear derailleur or Schwalbe tires to spread shipping of $25 out, these guys have good pricing. 3 weeks shipping
    Shimano SLX Scheibenbremse BR-M666 Modell 2012 - Auslaufmodell - BIKE-COMPONENTS.DE

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdaddy View Post
    Shimano SLX m666 < $90 at Blue Sky.
    This is a very good deal

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    I bought my SLX brakes from BlueSky. Couldn't be happier with them!

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    Is there any difference between SLX M666 and M675? Thanks all.

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    No difference. bikecomponents.de has XT BL-T785 with resin pads for about 82 per end after vat is subtracted. These come with the longer trail levers as standard. Shipping is about 25
    Shimano XT Scheibenbremse BL-T785 Modell 2012 - BIKE-COMPONENTS.DE

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    No difference. bikecomponents.de has XT BL-T785 with resin pads for about 82 per end after vat is subtracted. These come with the longer trail levers as standard. Shipping is about 25
    Shimano XT Scheibenbremse BL-T785 Modell 2012 - BIKE-COMPONENTS.DE
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    I just bought these:

    Bike24 - Shimano Deore BR-M596 + BL-M596 Disc Brake rear

    Bike24 - Shimano Deore BR-M596 + BL-M596 Disc Brake front

    Paid $120 for the pair including shipping (I live in Europe). Shipping to the US might be a bit more, but it's still a bargain. They came with grips, calipers, brake hose and pads all assembled and pre-bleed ready to install. Rotors are not included.

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    Man, the price of those Deore M596 is tempting. I'm leaning toward the SLX M666 now because it's very similar to the XT M785 and the cheaper price. Can anybody convince me to go with the Deore M596? Thanks.

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    One thing to be aware of -- I just got my Deore M596 brakes from Merlin in the UK, and they're set up moto/euro style, with the long hose on the left brake. It only took about 10 minutes to swap the hoses, and I didn't need a bleed kit, but it was still unexpected!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ong View Post
    One thing to be aware of -- I just got my Deore M596 brakes from Merlin in the UK, and they're set up moto/euro style, with the long hose on the left brake. It only took about 10 minutes to swap the hoses, and I didn't need a bleed kit, but it was still unexpected!
    Thanks for the reminder. I first read about the reverse brake setup from Brant at Ragley Bikes. I'm actually interested in trying it out, especially I'm right handed and it may give me more control. I always feel that my left hand just doesn't have enough fine control for the front wheel.

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    While I think it actually makes a bit more sense to run levers that way, I've got too many bikes and too many years of habit to want to risk that! My guess is I'd be over the bars and bleeding profusely in about five minutes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ong View Post
    While I think it actually makes a bit more sense to run levers that way, I've got too many bikes and too many years of habit to want to risk that! My guess is I'd be over the bars and bleeding profusely in about five minutes.
    It's never too late too change This will be my first fs so I'll try it out.

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    The M596 brakes are regular power. The SLX and XT are the brakes that are one finger or less. The difference is completely noticeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ong View Post
    One thing to be aware of -- I just got my Deore M596 brakes from Merlin in the UK, and they're set up moto/euro style, with the long hose on the left brake. It only took about 10 minutes to swap the hoses, and I didn't need a bleed kit, but it was still unexpected!
    They come in both versions, mine arrived as Left/Front and Right/Rear, but according to the markings on the box they come as Right/Front and Left/rear as an option too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    The M596 brakes are regular power. The SLX and XT are the brakes that are one finger or less. The difference is completely noticeable.
    How do you brake with less than one finger?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 69tr6r View Post
    I bought my SLX brakes from BlueSky. Couldn't be happier with them!
    I am looking to order these. Did they come pre-bled?

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    Quote Originally Posted by eb1888 View Post
    The M596 brakes are regular power. The SLX and XT are the brakes that are one finger or less. The difference is completely noticeable.
    I have to disagree. I have the M595, which are the preceding model to the M596 and I brake with 1 finger all the time. I can't imagine the 596 being that much worse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laser4G63 View Post
    I have to disagree. I have the M595, which are the preceding model to the M596 and I brake with 1 finger all the time. I can't imagine the 596 being that much worse.
    I agree, I have m595 with 203 front and 180 rear and I can get the bike to stop easily with only 1 finger on the levers.

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    Yes, they came pre bled. I did need to order a longer hose for the rear though. 1400mm was not long enough for the rear on a 2008 Spec. Enduro. Your results may be different though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camber11 View Post
    I am looking to order these. Did they come pre-bled?
    Quote Originally Posted by 69tr6r View Post
    Yes, they came pre bled. I did need to order a longer hose for the rear though. 1400mm was not long enough for the rear on a 2008 Spec. Enduro. Your results may be different though.
    I'll second his comment-mine were pre-bled as well.

    As for length, the rear was just long enough for an XL Tallboy. Though it could certainly use another 2-3 inches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandrenseren View Post
    How do you brake with less than one finger?
    Say that to the guy at the Niner demo . He went right OTB in the parking lot.
    It's relative to the rear.

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