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    See this thread. Price is up to $94.99 now instead of the $90. Price match is with Chain Reaction Cycles.

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    Bob'sBikes just quoted me $100 for the XT brakes only. A little more but might be an option if one is worried about ordering from overseas. Not sure if he price matches or would come down some...might be worth asking. Or try to price match at Jenson or Art's or any other place that does price matching. I have a price match request in to Jenson to match CRC price of $94.99 per brake.

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    JensonUSA just matched the $95 price for the XT brakes only. Free shipping since it's over $50.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    JensonUSA just matched the $95 price for the XT brakes only. Free shipping since it's over $50.
    If you're looking for both front and back and want to see if Jenson will price match it (or are buying enough to justify the shipping), bike-discount.com (bike-discount.de) sells the set for $174.43:

    XT Disc Brake BR-M785-B Set black | Brake

    That'd be $87.22 a brake, which is an amazing deal, but you pay for shipping at bike-discount. (I've never tried to price match a non-US store at Jenson, but if they matched CRC, it's worth a shot.)

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    Well, here's what I just ran into. Jenson doesn't sell the brakes as a F/R set. You have to buy them seperate. I asked for a price match from the front brake website link. In the notes, I added that I wanted to also purchase the rear brake and that CRC was selling both front and rear for $95. I got the promo code and when I placed everything in the cart and added the code, it only discounted the front brake. So...I did another price match on the rear brake. Assuming I get another code, I'll add that as well and see if it takes two codes in one order. I may have to order via phone/email or place two separate orders, one for the front and one for the rear. Not a big deal as both will ship free, just a little bit of a hassle if it has to be done that way. I'll see what happens tomorrow. I may also try to price match using the link to the brake set as well and see what happens.

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    Boy the things so many of us go through just to save $5 on a brake. Meanwhile we ride crappy brakes for for a month or two because we can't stand the thought of paying $1 more than somebody else did for the same item. It's a sickness. I'm guilty, but trying to get well.

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    Quote of the year. Reminds me of when my Grandpa used to chide his friends for driving across town to save a penny per gallon on gas. p
    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Boy the things so many of us go through just to save $5 on a brake. Meanwhile we ride crappy brakes for for a month or two because we can't stand the thought of paying $1 more than somebody else did for the same item. It's a sickness. I'm guilty, but trying to get well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Boy the things so many of us go through just to save $5 on a brake. Meanwhile we ride crappy brakes for for a month or two because we can't stand the thought of paying $1 more than somebody else did for the same item. It's a sickness. I'm guilty, but trying to get well.
    It's true. But with brakes, you gotta buy two, so the savings is actually $10. That's enough money saved to buy 3 gallons of gas and that will take me to the trails and back home. Worth the savings to me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nubster View Post
    It's true. But with brakes, you gotta buy two, so the savings is actually $10. That's enough money saved to buy 3 gallons of gas and that will take me to the trails and back home. Worth the savings to me
    pfft the savings is $95 compared to $120 from jenson, that's $50 on your brakes, or half a trip to the kingdom trails from Boston. Not a bad thing to spend 15 minutes on, in my book.

    Jenson will send you a second code, and you can throw a bunch of codes on the same order. I've had a couple of orders with three different codes. Jenson is one of the best places to buy from, in my experience. Just picked up to price-matched knards and saved $30 plus free shipping...

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    I guess the $5 savings per brake would come from the difference in Jenson's price match and Bob'sBikes. His price on the same brakes is $100 per.

    That's good to know about Jenson. That makes it nice and easy. I just need to research a little to see how much of an upgrade the XT brakes are over the Avid Elixir 9's that will be on my new bike. See if it's enough to justify the cost. I figure I can sell the Avids and make back some of the cost of the XT's at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandwich View Post
    pfft the savings is $95 compared to $120 from jenson, that's $50 on your brakes, or half a trip to the kingdom trails from Boston. Not a bad thing to spend 15 minutes on, in my book.

    Jenson will send you a second code, and you can throw a bunch of codes on the same order. I've had a couple of orders with three different codes. Jenson is one of the best places to buy from, in my experience. Just picked up to price-matched knards and saved $30 plus free shipping...
    I'm talking about all the other online stores, both foreign and domestic, that dudes check constantly, then price check against each other, then post up here about how one is two dollars cheaper than the other one, then a month later the same dude is back on saying this store had the brake for $2 cheaper so he pulled the trigger. That's hours on the internet and a months worth of bad braking. I'm not pointing fingers at any one person. I've done the same thing. I just see it happening time and again. It's funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    I'm talking about all the other online stores, both foreign and domestic, that dudes check constantly, then price check against each other, then post up here about how one is two dollars cheaper than the other one, then a month later the same dude is back on saying this store had the brake for $2 cheaper so he pulled the trigger. That's hours on the internet and a months worth of bad braking. I'm not pointing fingers at any one person. I've done the same thing. I just see it happening time and again. It's funny.
    I am super guilty of that. But here's the thing...I'm still riding with mechanical brakes on my 26" bike. Years after I was thinking about pulling the trigger on nicer brakes. I didn't save $2 waiting to buy the brakes, I saved a lot more never buying them. Now I'm in the middle of purchasing parts to build up a FS bike, and this purchase would be less likely if the brake purchase had happened.

    I think a lot of us would like to have more disposable income for bikes than we do, and shopping for purchases that we can't quite justify is enjoyable for many of us.

    To see an item that I'm seriously considering purchasing go on sale at a price that I know I haven't ever seen cheaper...I can justify finally pulling the trigger on a purchase I don't necessarily need.

    At the very least that logic helps keep me from buying too many toys too quickly.

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    XT M785 single $85 at Chain Reaction using promo code SALE10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oakeshott View Post
    XT M785 single $85 at Chain Reaction using promo code SALE10
    That's a great deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peteer01 View Post
    That's a great deal!
    Pull the trigger peteer, quick. You'll never save that $5 again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    Pull the trigger peteer, quick. You'll never save that $5 again!
    Go ahead and laugh, but even though I already pulled the trigger on my XT build, I updated the first post describing what/where I bought with the coupon info. Someone out there might actually end up getting a better deal than me! (Maybe. I haven't run the numbers.)

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    Good prices. I ended up just going with JensonUSA for my new brakes. I sold my Avid Elixir 7's for a decent price so I'm happy. Now I need to decide if I want the XT's on my SS or my new Cannondale. Which ever bike gets the XT's, the other gets the Hopes. I do need to order some new rotors for the XT's though. Might give CRC a whirl. Never ordered from them but I did get my Hope brakes from Merlin which is in the UK with no issues.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peteer01 View Post
    Go ahead and laugh, but even though I already pulled the trigger on my XT build, I updated the first post describing what/where I bought with the coupon info. Someone out there might actually end up getting a better deal than me! (Maybe. I haven't run the numbers.)
    Hey, looks like you got a bunch of good new stuff. Sounds like you and your bike a happy.

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    I couldn't help myself. I ended up getting the xt brakes at crc for $170. Not bad at all considering most other places are offering them for $228. I just hope the performance over the stock elixir 5's will be noticeable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oakeshott View Post
    I couldn't help myself. I ended up getting the xt brakes at crc for $170. Not bad at all considering most other places are offering them for $228. I just hope the performance over the stock elixir 5's will be noticeable.
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    I probably could have gotten them cheaper from a foreign website, but I just ordered a pair of xt's with finned pads shipped for $210 from bikerbob.com. The customer service was worth the extra money and I feel like I'm helping a fellow cyclist out, not some large corporation.

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    I just got my first order from him. Good stuff. Upgraded my shifters and rear der. to X9. Good prices and fast shipping. I did go with Jenson for my brakes though. Saved me $20 over BikerBob. Not a load of money but $20 is $20.
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    new best deal! ribblecycles has xt brakes for $158 plus 10% coupon bringing price down to 142.2 with free shipping to usa. BUT no fin pads and likely moto style rigging.

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    Yep, the ribble 10% code is back. "TDF10" ends Tuesday the 15th (at 4pm pacific time).

    Nice that they got some more brakes in stock. They had a 13% code two weeks ago, but no brakes. The SLX brake set (also no fins) is now $110 shipped.

    You can buy an entire SLX group piece-by-piece for $346 shipped (front & rear der, chain, cassette, shifters, cranks & brakes) in either 2X or 3X. Depending on your needs, you might need to pick up a couple things elsewhere (they only have conventional seat-tube mount front ders, no ice tech rotors, only 175mm cranks, etc) but they have all cassette sizes, long and med cage ders, and all 2X/3X options in stock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InertiaMan View Post
    Yep, the ribble 10% code is back. "TDF10" ends Tuesday the 15th (at 4pm pacific time).

    Nice that they got some more brakes in stock. They had a 13% code two weeks ago, but no brakes. The SLX brake set (also no fins) is now $110 shipped.
    how are you getting $110 shipped? i am getting $146.68 - $14.67 (TDF10) = $132.01

    is there another discount or code that i am missing?

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    Make sure you not only change the currency, but also the delivery country. You're probably not doing that and it's leaving the VAT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by honkonbobo View Post
    how are you getting $110 shipped? i am getting $146.68 - $14.67 (TDF10) = $132.01

    is there another discount or code that i am missing?
    You have to toggle the destination country at the top of the page. Choosing USA destination will strip the VAT tax off, which is responsible for the $22 delta you're seeing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by n74740 View Post
    Make sure you not only change the currency, but also the delivery country. You're probably not doing that and it's leaving the VAT.
    that was the difference. nice deal InertiaMan thanks for posting...

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    Is "moto style rigging" a bad thing? Do I need the finned pads? These will be going on a 2015 Specialized Fatboy I have on order. I have SLX brakes on my Fuel and I love them and know that I will probably hate the stock Draco brakes on the Fatboy. What about bigger rotors? Could you link me some that would work with these brakes? I'm a clyde so any advice would be appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tincup69 View Post
    Is "moto style rigging" a bad thing? Do I need the finned pads? What about bigger rotors?
    moto style means left brake and right brake levers are reversed. You can easily switch them back if you switch levers when you cut the hoses to shorten.

    Finned pads provide better cooling, if you have any reason to worry about brake fade, finned pads help. If you're not worried, no need.

    As a clyde, larger rotors provide more braking power. If you think 160/160 is insufficient, consider 180mm in the front. If you're worried about that not being enough, you can go even bigger.
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    Quote Originally Posted by peteer01 View Post
    moto style means left brake and right brake levers are reversed. You can easily switch them back if you switch levers when you cut the hoses to shorten.

    Finned pads provide better cooling, if you have any reason to worry about brake fade, finned pads help. If you're not worried, no need.

    As a clyde, larger rotors provide more braking power. If you think 160/160 is insufficient, consider 180mm in the front. If you're worried about that not being enough, you can go even bigger.

    Thank you.

    Seems like a hell of a deal, I think I will pull the trigger.
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    Tincup,

    The RT76 rotors are available at Ribble. They are excellent quality, and very inexpensive, but the rotor is steel (like most rotors) and not the aluminum/steel sandwich "Ice Tech" version. You need to find RT86 rotors at another shop if you want Ice Tech.

    I'm 200 pounds +/- and run dual 160mm on my marathon bike w/ XT brakes and I never find myself wanting for more power. I do run 180 front 160 rear on my "burly" bike and its great, but I don't know if its necessary. My point: I doubt you need to go any bigger than 180 front 160 rear on a Fatboy.

    As for the pads, if you want fins, just put finned pads in when you wear out the stock ones.

    The Ice Tech rotors and finned pads certainly help, but imho the Shimano brakes these days can outperform most others, even if used with "regular" rotors and pads.

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    Thank you.

    Did anyone that ordered from Ribble get a shipping confirmation yet?
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    Quote Originally Posted by peteer01 View Post
    moto style means left brake and right brake levers are reversed. You can easily switch them back if you switch levers when you cut the hoses to shorten.

    Finned pads provide better cooling, if you have any reason to worry about brake fade, finned pads help. If you're not worried, no need.

    As a clyde, larger rotors provide more braking power. If you think 160/160 is insufficient, consider 180mm in the front. If you're worried about that not being enough, you can go even bigger.
    Peteer do you know if you can keep the olive and barb or do you need new ones? I got mine from ribble and will be building the bike soon and need to switch. Know I will need to get the Shimano bleed kit but wondering if I should buy a new olive and barb for the hoses as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tincup69 View Post
    Thank you.

    Did anyone that ordered from Ribble get a shipping confirmation yet?
    Ordered last Friday 7/11 and received confirmation Monday 7/14. Said 3-7 working days to US.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    Peteer do you know if you can keep the olive and barb or do you need new ones?
    I don't know that you need new ones, but everything I've read and watched on Shimano brakes says you should use a new olive and barb. The retail package comes with an extra olive and barb for each brake, so hopefully the Ribble order will too.
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    My ribble order was what I would consider a "take-off" so there were no extra barbs/olives in it and it was also missing the small yellow block you use to set the barb in the tubing (though you can use some bench vises).

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnash View Post
    My ribble order was what I would consider a "take-off" so there were no extra barbs/olives in it and it was also missing the small yellow block you use to set the barb in the tubing (though you can use some bench vises).
    I'd err on the side of caution and get a new olive and barb for each brake. I'm all for finding the best deal on brakes, I wouldn't try to save money if it increased my risk of brake failure when I needed them. While I don't know that there'd be any issue at all with reusing the olive and barb, I'd use new ones to be safe and minimize any potential issues.
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    I've used old ones successfully without leaks. I actually swapped the lines between sets of brakes so they would fit on a specific frame. I'm not sure I even bled them afterwards. They worked great with no fade even while DHing. That being said, make sure to check for leaks, and just because it worked for me doesn't mean it'll work for you.

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    Got mine in the mail today. Order came from Ribbles. Moto style (Right/Front, Left/Rear), yellow block, 4x screws with washers, 6 x plastic cable clips, 1 x plastic tie down, and instructions.

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    Now they're out of stock

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    @baymoe - which yellow block are you talking about? There is two (I believe) that come in OE box, one is the spacer for the caliper and the other is a two-piece one that is for changing lines and holding the tube while inserting the new barb.

    Got barbs and olives for $2.98 a set from Arts Cyclery (along with a couple other goodies) should be here today.

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    It appears to be a caliper block.

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    I'm still waiting on my Ribble order, it was "despatched" on July 16th after my order was placed on the 13th. I was really hoping it would have arrived by now though I'm still within the 7 working days they quote and I am on the west coast. Hopefully it arrives before this weekend.

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    Grab the tracking number that they supply and see where it is. I am pretty sure mine was here within time.

    @Baymoe - yeah that is the same stuff that I got and that yellow block is the on used as the spacer when working on the brakes. There is supposed to be another yellow block that splits into two pieces, this is used to "hold" the brake line after cutting to insert the new barb into the line.

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    Ok finally finished the bike yesterday...

    Just to confirm, the olive and barb ARE NOT reuseable. The system actually smashes the olive to create the seal which then also smashes it onto the barb making it near impossible to remove either safely without damage.

    These are them... Shimano Brake Line Olive & Barb Stainless BH90

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    Wiggle.com I bought a set of XT's for $182 this morning. They are left hand rear... I'll be swapping them to the US way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baymoe View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by CYCLEJCE View Post
    Wiggle.com I bought a set of XT's for $182 this morning. They are left hand rear... I'll be swapping them to the US way.
    Hey legit question here, I'm not trying to start anything as I'm guilty of spending hours online to try and save a buck. But there are XT brakes for sale for $99 all the time (Bluesky for example). Some times they have them for $89, and SLX's can be had for $79 (each).

    So for $18 more, you can get them from a well known US retailer (Jenson will easily price match $99 XT or $79 SLX, and you don't have to worry about long shipping delays, or cutting/bleeding/barbs, etc. or the possibility they will get caught up in customs and you have to pay the tax.

    Again not starting anything, I just don't get buying something across the pond to save $18.

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    I got my XT's brand new front and rear with fin's for $189 and I earned $27 cash back on it. Minus the cash back they was around $162. They came brand new in box. But I do get trying to save a buck, Which if I ordered slx derailers and crankset id probably go with ribble it is much cheaper than US stores on that stuff.

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