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    deals on SLX or XT brakes

    Looking for SLX M675 or XT M785 front and rear disc brakes.
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    Just bought the SLX earlier from BSky, 180 front 160 rear w/ adapters for 203 shipped.

    $12.25 for shipping and $1.25ish for "insurance"

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    Can anyone confirm that the SLX 675's are identical to the 785 XT's? The only thing that looks different is the logo on the levers.

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    They are basically the same other than the slx doesn't have free stroke control, it has stamped levers instead of cast, and the slx weighs a little more.

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    Any difference between the M666 and M675? Blue Sky has both listed and pictured with the finned 'Ice Tech', so I can't find any difference between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by finch6013 View Post
    They are basically the same other than the slx doesn't have free stroke control, it has stamped levers instead of cast, and the slx weighs a little more.
    What is "free stroke control" supposed to do?
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    It changes how quickly the pads engage with the lever pull so you can make the levers really sensitive or not.

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    From a quick search, it's been reported that the free stroke control feature on the XT model doesn't even work so I guess that essentially makes them the same? I don't notice a difference on mine.

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    I've ridden with both the XT and SLX and can't say I noticed any difference. Both brakes offered fantastic power and modulation. I prefer the SLX personally because I think the chromed plastic of the reservoir covers on the XT are horribly tacky.

    I got mine from Blue Sky and will soon be ordering another set to replace the Avid Elixer 7's on my Stumpy. The Shimano brakes are better in every way.

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    M666 is not very different than m675, short answer is a few more compatibility thingees and OEM changes (rotors and pads are now ice tech). Shimano SLX 2013 Unveiled - BikeRadar

    The best deal going right now is to have Jenson price match Nashbar's deal on XT brakes: Shimano Deore XT BR-M785 Disc Brake - Bike Brakes

    Reason being: For $89.99 x 2 (SLX from bluesky) plus shipping and insurance, you're at $15 less than Jenson, who offers free shipping. Plus, you have XT instead of SLX, plus the XT's are retail packaged with Metal and resin pads, unlike the SLX which come with resin only (and are supposedly OEM from BS). The OEM XT version from jenson and BS appear to have metal pads, but no fins (I asked both, best answer was "looks like maybe"). Metal finned pads come in at around $40.


    PLUS you don't have to deal with bluesky.

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    Only thing with Jenson price match is Nashbar is backordered on the rear brake set. Usually most retailers will not price match an item that is not instock. Other wise that would be a great deal.

    I ended up with a set of the 2013 SLX slightly used for a price I cannot pass up.
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    Ha, good point. I must have gotten in under the wire.

    I haven't seen a single set of these used. Except for halo-tier XTR.

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    I got Tree Fort to price match Blue Sky, and they had free shipping. They had the SLX 675 finned metal Ice Tech version. Blue sky has both finned and unfinned version, some come with resin pads. After reading around, everyone says the SLX is pretty much identical other than some novelty adjuster on the XT that doesn't do anything and a very small weight penalty. For the finned version of the SLX, it seems like a better choice than equally priced XT without!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikemaya View Post
    I got Tree Fort to price match Blue Sky, and they had free shipping. They had the SLX 675 finned metal Ice Tech version. Blue sky has both finned and unfinned version, some come with resin pads. After reading around, everyone says the SLX is pretty much identical other than some novelty adjuster on the XT that doesn't do anything and a very small weight penalty. For the finned version of the SLX, it seems like a better choice than equally priced XT without!
    Just tried to get tree fort to price match blue sky and their little pricer matcher thing said we can't go that low. Bummer. I wonder how you got it through.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodi2259 View Post
    Just tried to get tree fort to price match blue sky and their little pricer matcher thing said we can't go that low. Bummer. I wonder how you got it through.
    Did you check m666 or m675? That might be the difference. Some people just stop price matching when the deals get too crazy (universal cycles).

    The difference between XT and slx are indeed minor, and the bite point engagement control definitely didn't do much, if anything, on my saint 810s. However, $15 still gets you metal finned pads (better for DH) as well as a backup pair of resin pads, if the metals are too grabby. You're looking at a $60 value in pads alone, regardless of the "upgrade". I bought other stuff from jenson as well, which makes it an ever better deal for me. If bluesky has other things you want, that'll help diffuse the shipping cost. Their customer service let me down in the past when I had a return, so I'd rather not use them if at all possible.

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    Give Tree Fort a few days, and try again. I successfully got a number of items matched in my order, but after the brakes they wouldn't match a headset from Blue Sky. They also lowered their online price for everyone on something else I pricematched, so keep an eye out to see if they do that. I think there must be an internal thing that only lets them match a certain amount from a retailer, but I imagine it resets at some point too.

    I saved a ton thanks to Tree Fort, and I got half my odds and ends for my new build from one place! Thanks guys! I would have loved to order more, but you guys just plain didn't carry the other stuff I needed I got everything I could from them, can't wait for my big 'ol box to arrive

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    I love hearing positive feedback from places. I haven't considered treefort in the past but I'll give them a look next time.

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    Got the new brakes installed this afternoon. Front cable was alittle shorter and the rear was alittle longer than my stock brakes but they still worked just fine. From the small test at my house they are alot stornger than my Elixer 5's. I will later get ice tech rotors and finned pads but for now I am satisfied. Cant wait to try them on the trail tomorrow
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    Chain reaction cycles has XT M765 fronts for $52.16.

    Shimano XT Disc Brakes M765 | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com

    I know these are an older model, and CRC are in the UK but someone might be interested

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    That's a helluva deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ako View Post
    Chain reaction cycles has XT M765 fronts for $52.16.

    Shimano XT Disc Brakes M765 | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com

    I know these are an older model, and CRC are in the UK but someone might be interested
    Eh, those are like two generations old. I think i'd rather go for the deore's for $7 more.

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    Keep in mind OE parts may not carry a warranty with Shimano directly. You may be forced to deal with the seller which can be a problem in month 10.

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    I have both 666 and 675's and the only differences I see are the fonts on the levers and the color of calipers. On the 675's, the SLX font is larger and the caliper is black. On the 666, the caliper is dark grey. MY 675's came from BlueSky and OEM. I believe the 666's came from ebay. Both sets are great and a lot better than the Elixir 5's I had before.
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    Used the SLX 675 today on the trail. Wow what a difference! I am still using non finned resin pads that came on the brakes and avid rotors that were on my bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandwich View Post
    Eh, those are like two generations old. I think i'd rather go for the deore's for $7 more.
    For those of us living outside of US, we don't always have the luxury of choice.

    CRC ships internationally for reasonable prices. Nearly everything I buy in the States, I need to freight to my virtual US address, then pay $10 per pound to reach me. It adds up quickly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ako View Post
    For those of us living outside of US, we don't always have the luxury of choice.

    CRC ships internationally for reasonable prices. Nearly everything I buy in the States, I need to freight to my virtual US address, then pay $10 per pound to reach me. It adds up quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    Used the SLX 675 today on the trail. Wow what a difference! I am still using non finned resin pads that came on the brakes and avid rotors that were on my bike.
    Sounds like you're a happy camper

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    Quote Originally Posted by 309 View Post
    I've ridden with both the XT and SLX and can't say I noticed any difference. Both brakes offered fantastic power and modulation. I prefer the SLX personally because I think the chromed plastic of the reservoir covers on the XT are horribly tacky.

    I got mine from Blue Sky and will soon be ordering another set to replace the Avid Elixer 7's on my Stumpy. The Shimano brakes are better in every way.
    I agree 100% on the aesthetics of Shimano brakes. While all three levels get rave reviews from a performance stand point (which is priority #1), XT and XTR look extremely tacky with the chrome pieces ... imo SLX is the only level having a decent appearance.

    I'm in the middle of a build now and will be going with Shimano brakes due to their excellent performance. Just wish they would pull their heads out of their @$$ from a styling standpoint! Function always comes before form, but if nothing else just give them a basic black styling ... at least that blends in with most bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stygz1 View Post
    Only thing with Jenson price match is Nashbar is backordered on the rear brake set. Usually most retailers will not price match an item that is not instock. Other wise that would be a great deal.

    I ended up with a set of the 2013 SLX slightly used for a price I cannot pass up.
    Price match with Nashbar still works, even though the front brake is on backorder at Nashbar. Just ordered one from Jensen.

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    For what it's worth, either everyone in the world is ordering XT brakes, or there's something else going on - Jensen is now backordered on brakes, too, but will still do a pricematch. Expected ship date - early February.

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    I think it's the former. I'm guessing shimano is backordered and every shop is still accepting orders. I got my order in early but I have no idea when to expect my brakes..

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    My XT 785 brakes shipped from Jenson.....

    My backordered price-match (nashbar $104.98) xt brakes shipped from Jenson last night. They said early February but I guess they shipped early.

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    Yep, mine shipped, too. $104 for XT is a hell if a deal. Mine were price matched to $123 at Nashbar

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    FYI, my XT brakes from Jensons, retail packaged, arrived today. Boxes (yay) and ferrules/blocks, but only one set of pads. They were metal, FC03S, so radiator pads, but I was a touch disappointed they didn't come with two sets of pads. Still, $5 more than OEM non radiator, and $15 more than SLX resin, I'll take them.

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    Hmm... does radiator = metal pads?

    Are metal pads the default on XTs?

    If so, I hadn't realised. My XTs have the radiator pads and I'd simply assumed they were organic.

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    I don't know what is default. The slxes from bsc are resin pads with radiators, the Oem xts from Jenson are metal without a radiator.

    Radiator doesn't imply metal. The pad material is listed on the back of the pad. Metal is supposed to be better for DH, which is my intended use.

    I just wanted to let people know, since I was saying how much better retail packaged brakes were, and they aren't....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandwich View Post
    FYI, my XT brakes from Jensons, retail packaged, arrived today. Boxes (yay) and ferrules/blocks, but only one set of pads. They were metal, FC03S, so radiator pads, but I was a touch disappointed they didn't come with two sets of pads. Still, $5 more than OEM non radiator, and $15 more than SLX resin, I'll take them.
    This just sounds like an oversight in packing your order. I'd contact Jenson and ask for the other set of pads. No harm in asking.

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    I might give it a try. The brakes only came with one bag of bleeding blocks, in one box. In the other, there was only olives and ferrules...seemed a bit odd that shimano would pack the blocks ONLY in the front or rear box, and not both....suggesting that somebody may have been in there. I'll give them a call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandwich View Post
    I might give it a try. The brakes only came with one bag of bleeding blocks, in one box. In the other, there was only olives and ferrules...seemed a bit odd that shimano would pack the blocks ONLY in the front or rear box, and not both....suggesting that somebody may have been in there. I'll give them a call.
    Mine arrived packed the same way - blocks in one box, olive and ferrule in another. Only one set of pads in each.

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    In case anyone is still looking...

    Wiggle is selling the XT 785 IceTech discs for $115.45 per side plus 15% off (coupon code: 15EXTRA). Just picked up a set for $196.28 shipped to the US!

    Wiggle | Shimano XT M785 Disc Brake Lever and PM Caliper | Disc Brakes

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    Thanks MondoRides, I just purchased these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MondoRides View Post
    Wiggle is selling the XT 785 IceTech discs for $115.45 per side plus 15% off (coupon code: 15EXTRA). Just picked up a set for $196.28 shipped to the US!

    Wiggle | Shimano XT M785 Disc Brake Lever and PM Caliper | Disc Brakes
    also just hit this up! thanks! rep!

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    i notice you can get front or front (left). obviously looking for the front left, but the rear doesn't have that option, it just says rear.. will these work on the right hand side? Or is it set up for left cause its from the UK?

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    Quote Originally Posted by normarin View Post
    i notice you can get front or front (left). obviously looking for the front left, but the rear doesn't have that option, it just says rear.. will these work on the right hand side? Or is it set up for left cause its from the UK?
    Levers are reversed, so it works out if you buy a set. I swapped levers when I shortened the hoses.

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    Anyone else have any current deals on XT BR-M785 Brakes? I have $200 bucks to spend that I would like to put down on these brakes. I'm trying to keep it at $200 or less if possible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killowatt View Post
    Anyone else have any current deals on XT BR-M785 Brakes? I have $200 bucks to spend that I would like to put down on these brakes. I'm trying to keep it at $200 or less if possible!
    check out the wiggle deal with the 15extra coupon. should be less than 2 bills if the price and coupon are still good.

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    coupon is dead btw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Killowatt View Post
    Anyone else have any current deals on XT BR-M785 Brakes? I have $200 bucks to spend that I would like to put down on these brakes. I'm trying to keep it at $200 or less if possible!
    bluesky still has the front for 89. I got the front from bluesky and the rear from jensen for $100

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    Quote Originally Posted by goodmojo View Post
    bluesky still has the front for 89. I got the front from bluesky and the rear from jensen for $100

    Not seeing that Price at Jenson, it is $135 now

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