I'm a noob about to do a custom build (LBS will assemble it). A lot of the lingo in this thread is new to me and I'm trying to learn, little by little.
I have some questions regarding the XT brakes. Are they not as good of a deal as originally thought? It seems like some people didn't get exactly what they thought / or were hoping to get. From what I understand it's still a good deal, but not as good of deal as originally thought. Right?
So if I were to buy these XT brakes, I'd need to do the following?
--- buy Ice-Tech rotors (I know I want a 180/160 combo)
--- buy "dinner" or "finned" pads. Are dinner / finned pads the same thing? From my research finned pads are good for downhill rides. One trail I'll be frequenting goes up to 4000 feet.
--- buy olives
--- make it so the pads aren't backwards (or LBS can do that)
Originally Posted by shoal
Originally Posted by hokiebrett
Originally Posted by InertiaMan
Originally Posted by titusquasi
Thanks for any help.
Originally Posted by elborikua
Keep in mind that this thread started when Ribble had a 10% off coupon on Shimano. Their prices are still good, but they were very good.
You don't absolutely need Ice Tech. I suppose it depends on how hard you use your brakes and on what terrain. I'm sure there are lots of guys out there perfectly happy without finned pads and Ice Tech rotors. Depends on your budget too. You may be perfectly happy with rt76 or even rt66 rotors and regular pads.
Dinner pads made me crack up! haha. It was a autocorrect gone wrong by the poster. He meant finned pads I'm sure.
Yeah, if you want to shorten the lines you'll need olives.
He wasn't referring to the pads being backwards. He was referring to the brakes being set up Moto or Euro. That means the front brake is on the right and rear on the left. If you want them to be US (front left/rear right) you have to just swap the lines.
They come with adapters for a 180mm rotor up front and 160mm in back btw. Those don't usually come in retail boxed brakes.
Hope that helps
Last edited by n74740; 05-02-2014 at 09:05 PM.
Hi n74740. Thank your for your reply.
I originally replied with a few videos of the kind of trails I'll be riding and asked what rotor / pad combo you'd recommend. But I thought it would be better if I just started a topic in the brake forum instead of hijacking this thread.
Here's a link if you'd like to check it out.
Which rotors / pads should I get for my needs?
thanks again for your reply.
Originally Posted by rideitall
Still have not received my order. It was supposed to have shipped on April 11. So over one month and still not received.
Originally Posted by rideitall
Okay, my drivetrain components finally came in. Took about 5 weeks to get from the UK to Vancouver, BC. Parts were packed well but not in original boxes. That's fine with me as it means less to recycle or throw out (bubble wrap).
All in all still good as the price was fantastic and did not get dinged with taxes or customs duty on either package.
Now to get the goodies installed.
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