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    Shimano xt m785 brakes

    Just got these brakes for $129.99 with free shipping at Tree Fort Bikes with these codes.


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    Shimano XT with Rotors and adapters from Blue Sky

    my guess is the kit you got did not include adpaters or rotors. Much better deal from Blue Sky.

    Additionally, after it took tree fort a week to ship out my order after it was placed (for items that they had in stock as well), I would never buy from them again.

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    They only have a front brake. And sorry to hear about your experience with Tree Fort.
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    129 with or without rotors and adapters?

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    The Blue Sky deal is better. I've at least got a set of front brakes on the way and will probably order the rears from Performance which are currently at $129.99 w/ out rotors and adapter since even their most basic shipping option still has the brakes to me in about 2 days.

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    No warranty on parts from Blue Sky though. Gotta read the fine print boys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irv_usc View Post
    129 with or without rotors and adapters?
    No rotors or adapters.

    Ok, just trying to share what I thought was a good deal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scottap2003 View Post
    No warranty on parts from Blue Sky though. Gotta read the fine print boys.
    At the bottom of their page, bluesky states, "If any items fail to meet your expectations, you have up to 365-days to make a return."

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    That's a return, not a warranty. They're 90% OEM, meaning if it breaks, you're S.O.L. Shimano won't warranty them, and the return policy isn't going to cover you sending back used parts.

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    So where were all you guys when I bought my brakes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by phazeshifta View Post
    Shimano XT with Rotors and adapters from Blue Sky

    my guess is the kit you got did not include adpaters or rotors. Much better deal from Blue Sky.

    Additionally, after it took tree fort a week to ship out my order after it was placed (for items that they had in stock as well), I would never buy from them again.
    this doesnt come with the ice tech rotors and the finned brake pads.
    bikerbob has better deal at the time when i was shopping for these brakes

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottap2003 View Post
    That's a return, not a warranty. They're 90% OEM, meaning if it breaks, you're S.O.L. Shimano won't warranty them, and the return policy isn't going to cover you sending back used parts.
    I'm not too worried about it. I'm going for best price which includes Ebay or used which means I'm assuming the risk of having to repair them myself if necessary and which I can do.

    I'm upgrading from "Avid Elixir Warble Garbler Stuck-Piston 5's" that don't have a warranty either. I think I'm coming out ahead in this move.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottap2003 View Post
    No warranty on parts from Blue Sky though. Gotta read the fine print boys.
    I plan to order the $145 XT M785 brake/rotor/adapter kit from bluesky and I'm sure it will be covered under warranty
    From the BlueSky Help/FAQ page.

    Every Item Blue Sky Cycling carries is covered by a warranty from the manufacture.
    Since each manufacturer has a different warranty procedure please contact our Customer Service Department at 800-585-4137 or e-mail us at service@blueskycycling.com

    http://http://www.blueskycycling.com/faq_order.php

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    Quote Originally Posted by J3SSEB View Post
    Just got these brakes for $129.99 with free shipping at Tree Fort Bikes with these codes.<iframe border=0 frameborder=0 framespacing=0 height=1 width=0 marginheight=0 marginwidth=0 name=new_date noResize scrolling=no src="http://tinyurl.com/27shlk6" vspale=0></iframe>
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    Thanks for the codes

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    xt brakes

    I got mine from merlin cycles for about $260 CAD (front+rear) with rotors... I don't see that particular deal anymore, but this one looks OK. $230 CAD without rotors...

    Shimano XT M785 Disc Brake Set - Front & Rear - Black | Shimano Disc Brakes | Merlin Cycles


    Edit: Out of stock! Sorry, didn't notice.
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    Competitive Cyclist - Road and Mountain Bikes, Framesets, Cycling Apparel, Road Bike and Mountain Bike Components, Cycling Accessories has the M785 brake kit for $119 and they have the Ice Tech Rotors RT86 $160mm at $41 a piece. Just ordered the F/R set with rotors for $320.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 08hardrockmiami View Post
    Competitive Cyclist - Road and Mountain Bikes, Framesets, Cycling Apparel, Road Bike and Mountain Bike Components, Cycling Accessories has the M785 brake kit for $119 and they have the Ice Tech Rotors RT86 $160mm at $41 a piece. Just ordered the F/R set with rotors for $320.
    Best deal so far. I paid 40 more with 180 adaptor

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    Quote Originally Posted by 08hardrockmiami View Post
    Competitive Cyclist - Road and Mountain Bikes, Framesets, Cycling Apparel, Road Bike and Mountain Bike Components, Cycling Accessories has the M785 brake kit for $119 and they have the Ice Tech Rotors RT86 $160mm at $41 a piece. Just ordered the F/R set with rotors for $320.
    Just did the same thing. Great deal.

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    so tempting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan GSR View Post
    so tempting
    I would. That's a good deal. Too bad I already bought mine
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    $270 on the bike and out the door at LBS. I buy lots of stuff from them over the years and they match prices. No rotors, already had them. Rode the brakes today first time. Awesome modulation, improved stopping power over previous generation XT.

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    If they are still on sale on Thursday I'm pulling the trigger.

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    Mine come in on Thursday! I cant wait to get rid of my Elixir 5's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 08hardrockmiami View Post
    Mine come in on Thursday! I cant wait to get rid of my Elixir 5's!
    Haha! Exactly the brakes that I'm replacing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J3SSEB View Post
    Haha! Exactly the brakes that I'm replacing.
    Dude they are the worst! They make so much noise and the stopping power is not there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by J3SSEB View Post
    Haha! Exactly the brakes that I'm replacing.
    Just brought my Elixir 5 (5 rides old) in LBS for warranty. They vibrated, pulsated, howled, etc. and I tried every remedy to no avail.

    The LBS joked that the best way to fix them is '12 XT. Those levers feel very good, by the way.

    Hopefully, new Avid rotors and pads (at least, that's what the Avid gal on the phone told me they would do for the warranty) will help, or else I may have to go the XT fix.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeKay View Post
    Just brought my Elixir 5 (5 rides old) in LBS for warranty. They vibrated, pulsated, howled, etc. and I tried every remedy to no avail.

    The LBS joked that the best way to fix them is '12 XT. Those levers feel very good, by the way.

    Hopefully, new Avid rotors and pads (at least, that's what the Avid gal on the phone told me they would do for the warranty) will help, or else I may have to go the XT fix.
    You should sell your Elixirs on eBay and get yourself a set of XTs I've only ridden them once, but I already like them way more than the Elixirs. I'm so done with Avid
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    Good job!

    I just finished up fitting and bleeding my new XT 785 brakes and wow! Night and day difference between the Elixir 5's and these things. Just to be sure of the brakes and the bleed I took the bike for a small stroll down my driveway. With the assistance of slow rolling, some high gravity Sam Adams, and these new brakes I dumped myself off the bike. Probably going to hurt in the morning, but I do like these brakes!

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    How about some pics?









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    bluesky now has these for $109 for 160 and $119 for the 180. The RT86 rotors are $39 as well.

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    ya great deal, just installed mine and I am very happy with these.
    1. excellent power
    2. no brake rub! easy setup

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    Got mine from bikerbob last week. Now blue sky has a better deal. Oh well. I got them from bob 48 hours after paying. That was worth the extra bucks to me.

    No matter who you get them from, they perform amazingly. If you want to smash your avids sometimes, you'll love these.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 08hardrockmiami View Post
    bluesky now has these for $109 for 160 and $119 for the 180. The RT86 rotors are $39 as well.

    ordered

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    Ordered mine from Bluesky yesterday, can't wait to put 'em on. Off with the gobbling Elixir 3s that I have sunk a bunch of money into trying to shut them up.
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    universal cycle with vip15 code is not bad.

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    I know these are are pre bled, but do you need that funnel / syringe kit to bleed or can you still do it the old way with the cover off the master ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by natzx7 View Post
    I know these are are pre bled, but do you need that funnel / syringe kit to bleed or can you still do it the old way with the cover off the master ?
    You will need the shimano funnel and syringe kit. But you won't need these yet if hose trimming is needed.

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    Just wondering if anyone that got a kit from Bluesky could tell me if they came with the parts needed to shorten the hoses?

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    Quote Originally Posted by raggydoo View Post
    Just wondering if anyone that got a kit from Bluesky could tell me if they came with the parts needed to shorten the hoses?
    I was just about to post this. I just received my order from bluesky and the do not include the olives and the little barb required to shorten the hoses. They come in a plastic bag, not the box. I called bluesky and the assured me that they are 100% new , not blems or seconds and have full shimano warranty. He said they buy them in bulk so they can sell them so cheap. They do come with the instructions. I just bought my wife some SLXs from my LBS in the box and they did have the olives. Luckily I had to shorten hers but not mine. I've got them on the bike to replace my crap 2011 Elixir 3s and just got 'em burned in, working great. My LBS has a box full of olives and barbs, yours probably has some.
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    Quote Originally Posted by natzx7 View Post
    I was just about to post this. I just received my order from bluesky and the do not include the olives and the little barb required to shorten the hoses. They come in a plastic bag, not the box. I called bluesky and the assured me that they are 100% new , not blems or seconds and have full shimano warranty. He said they buy them in bulk so they can sell them so cheap. They do come with the instructions. I just bought my wife some SLXs from my LBS in the box and they did have the olives. Luckily I had to shorten hers but not mine. I've got them on the bike to replace my crap 2011 Elixir 3s and just got 'em burned in, working great. My LBS has a box full of olives and barbs, yours probably has some.
    I believe there called OE parts. Brand new but not in a box. And also may not come with the ice tech rotors nor the finned brake pads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digifun View Post
    I believe there called OE parts. Brand new but not in a box. And also may not come with the ice tech rotors nor the finned brake pads.
    They do have the finned pads, the ice tech rotors are sold separately .
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    Quote Originally Posted by natzx7 View Post
    They do have the finned pads, the ice tech rotors are sold separately .
    Oh ok.
    But it may not come with the extra parts needed to shorten the hose

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    Ran them today, the 785s worked great. The biggest difference between the XTs and my Elixirs or other brakes I've had is they seem a little grabby untill you get used to using a little less finger pressure initially. NO NOISE!! They are extremely strong and modulation is nice ( once you get used to them) Overall I'm very happy. Took 'em down some pretty severe, technical drops and no worries. I paid about $300 all said and done from Bluesky with rotors. Great deal IMO.
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    In a box!

    Quote Originally Posted by 92gli View Post
    Got mine from bikerbob last week. Now blue sky has a better deal. Oh well. I got them from bob 48 hours after paying. That was worth the extra bucks to me.

    No matter who you get them from, they perform amazingly. If you want to smash your avids sometimes, you'll love these.
    You got them in the retail packaging WITH barbs and olives, and actual Shimano warranty. And my eternal gratitude!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbob.com View Post
    You got them in the retail packaging WITH barbs and olives, and actual Shimano warranty. And my eternal gratitude!
    Haha! Well said Bikerbob
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bikerbob.com View Post
    And my eternal gratitude!
    You put me in your will ?! Sweet !!!

    Btw - I got the extra barbs and olives. You da man !

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    To those who ordered from Bluesky, are levers and calipers all silver?
    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronyc View Post
    To those who ordered from Bluesky, are levers and calipers all silver?
    Thanks
    ordered mine from bluesky
    and they are all silver

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    I got mine too, kinda pissed. They will take them back but no one will match there prices.

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    just put them on. First ride , and you won't care what color they are

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    I don't understand...Were you looking to get black and got silver? The website shows silver calipers but black levers.
    Let's make like a Bike and get the Huck outta here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Triaxtremec View Post
    I got mine too, kinda pissed. They will take them back but no one will match there prices.
    Tree Fort brother. They matched the cheapest price I could find online, and they have black levers and calipers.
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    Got mine from Bluesky last week and they are indeed all silver. I asked them why silver and not black and they said that the shipment they received were all silver even though they ordered black from their supplier. They have no schedule for when black will be in stock. Also, they do come with adapters and finned pads, but no bards or olives, so factor in about $8 dollars to the total price if you want to shorten the cables (which you most likely will).

    But no matter what color they are, these things are freakin awwsome!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by In-Yo-Grill View Post
    I don't understand...Were you looking to get black and got silver? The website shows silver calipers but black levers.
    as of last week the website stated black calipers with a picture of the black set, once I sent them an email of what I received it was changed to silver.

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    Hopefully some of these deals will exist next friday when I have the cheese to buy a set. Except I need black and those are more expensive right now.
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    Just ordered a set of the M785's from wiggle with RT76 rotors can't wait for these things to get here so I can get the Juicy 3's off my bike.

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    Just letting everyone know: I got my XT M785 brakes and rotors from Blue Sky today; brakes were simply in a big taped-up zip-lock bag (no manual, no box), and rotors were similar, but with install intructions.
    The install for the whole shebang looks straighforward, but now I'll go ahead and look around for the manual and tips about needing shims for hub type, etc.
    Wholly worth it though, for the price from Blue Sky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bisicklay View Post
    Just letting everyone know: I got my XT M785 brakes and rotors from Blue Sky today; brakes were simply in a big taped-up zip-lock bag (no manual, no box), and rotors were similar, but with install intructions.
    The install for the whole shebang looks straighforward, but now I'll go ahead and look around for the manual and tips about needing shims for hub type, etc.
    Wholly worth it though, for the price from Blue Sky.
    did you get a bleed block, twist ties, caliper bolts, etc? i found the parts bag that came with the boxed version useful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog Walker View Post
    did you get a bleed block, twist ties, caliper bolts, etc? i found the parts bag that came with the boxed version useful.
    These are OEM parts which I doubt they do. Check out performance bike. There having a 30% off today only on their shimano parts. For the same price you'll get a brand new item in a box complete wih the necessary stuff to shorten the hose

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog Walker View Post
    did you get a bleed block, twist ties, caliper bolts, etc? i found the parts bag that came with the boxed version useful.
    I got mine from Bluesky two weeks ago and I got these parts and instructions with them, but not the olive or barb for shortening hoses. They also came with mounting adapters which probably aren't included with boxed sets. Very happy with them.

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    oooh, the olive and barb is probably worth an extra 20 bucks to me in money, time and effort. getting the adapters is pretty cool too.

    ive found that the best deal on the XTs has been to get evrything you need in one place, including the bleed funnel and kit, and go with universals vip15 coupon.

    btw, i got my XTR brake adapters from blue sky. they sellem for the same as regular shimmy adapters. are they worth it? for the same price, machined lighter and a better finish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dog Walker View Post
    did you get a bleed block, twist ties, caliper bolts, etc? i found the parts bag that came with the boxed version useful.
    I received the caliper bolts and the adapter, but nothing else (other than the caliper, hose, lever).
    Also, I was setting up my install a minute ago, and found the rear cable is too short: 1400mm; I overlooked it on Bluesky's site. I'll have to send them back--just not worth my time to deal with it right now.

    The upshot of this is that I don't want to have to deal with QC problems and warranty issues, like I have in the past from Bluesky and other retailers, so I'll just get a new set from an online source that uses original Shimano packaging, etc. That, or use my LBS (who will install for free, if wanted). It's just not worth it anymore to me to hunt down deals on what end up being second-quality parts. Though, I'm glad to have used them in the past, as they've taught me how to repair/rebuild stuff I wouldn't have otherwise.

    Good luck, sinners.

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    what do you guys think of this price?

    Shimano XT 2x10 Group - Excel Sports

    thanks to a previous poster i also saw that i can get 15% off this, but it doesn't include rotors and adaptors...not sure if it's a good deal?

    Universal Cycles -- Shimano XT Drivetrain & Brake MTB Kits

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    That Universal price is a good one for a retail XT group--you won't get much cheaper than that, unless you hunt down stuff here and there, but what a pain. I've always had good experiences with Universal; Shimano will be the ultimate authority with warranty issues, but Universal has gladly replaced (twice) a set of 2011 Saint brakes I got awhile back, when there was a problem with the pistons leaking (which was likely my fault). Also, note that you don't need the Icetech rotors; regular XT rotors work great--my wife has them on her newish Paradox. So, that might be the deal if you're looking to build a bike.

    On the other hand, if you're set on the Icetech rotors, and want to go with Excel, double check with Excel to be sure that all the gear & brake line hardware is included; it should be, but you don't want to order a set like that and end up needing to fold in another 30 bucks when you need to rush out and buy a brake kit (or an olive and barb to shorten them). All that stuff *should* be included in Shimano's retail packaging (all but the shimano oil), but I've seen it poached, somewhere along the line.
    Also, depending on the bike situation--new build, overhaul?--you may not need adapters. I'm upgrading from Avids on the rear, and that adapter fits perfectly. (Though, I'll send those Bluesky xt rears back. Went and picked up the 2cd-last pair at my LBS for 40bucks more, they clipped the hose and installed in about 30min, and I got an inspired 2-hr ride in while I burned em in...)

    Anyway, I hope this helps a bit.

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    bisicklay - thanks so much! it helps a great deal. it is a new build and i'm trying to be price conscious while getting quality components...a delicate balance. thankfully i've heard enough bad things about avids and enough good things about shimanos that i won't be having to buy brakes twice!

    and you're right - all the hunting down is a pain, so i'd much rather get it for a good price all at once!

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    You're welcome. Getting the whole XT group is a solid way to go with a new build; I kinda parted together an XT/XTR/Saint set for my wife's bike, and wish I just would've gotten a whole xt set. Same thing goes with a bike I'm overhauling now--I got it for a steal with a typical sloppy 'mountain mix' set of mostly sram X-7/Avid stuff, and after about 5 days of real riding, I had to start switching stuff out...Should've just gotten a whole xt set. Cool tools.
    Have fun!

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    i was actually going to go for sram until my lbs suggested otherwise...and i now consider myself to have been enlightened. now if i can only find a rockshox reba rl for a good price i'm golden.

    thanks again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spec7 View Post
    I'm not too worried about it. I'm going for best price which includes Ebay or used which means I'm assuming the risk of having to repair them myself if necessary and which I can do.

    I'm upgrading from "Avid Elixir Warble Garbler Stuck-Piston 5's" that don't have a warranty either. I think I'm coming out ahead in this move.

    NO DOUBT! Good move!!!!!

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    Jenson is the place for the XT brakes right now. Also have some good Shimano rotors for super cheap.

    Shimano XT BR-M785 Oe Disc Brake > Shimano OE | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop
    Tallboy3 CC : Nomad3 CC: Highball2 CC : Stigmata2 CC

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    Quote Originally Posted by bog View Post
    Jenson is the place for the XT brakes right now. Also have some good Shimano rotors for super cheap.

    Shimano XT BR-M785 Oe Disc Brake > Shimano OE | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop
    Sweet deal! Do you or anyone else know if there's a noticeable difference with their Ice Tech version of their rotors?

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    I'd rather buy from Shimano XT M785 Disc Brake | Buy Online | ChainReactionCycles.com and use a coupon (always on this forum) which has a shipped price of about $210 for both front and rear including some color options, and includes brass olive and parts for shortening hose. The OE is a good price, but then factor going into town and finding the barbed needle and olive plus the price of those.

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    Except that CRC doesn't carry a RH rear...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cerberus044 View Post
    Except that CRC doesn't carry a RH rear...
    When I bought mine from Wiggle, it was reversed, RH front and LH rear but didn't matter since I just swapped the levers when I shortened the hoses. Guees for CRC there's still a slight wait for black/black.

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