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    Hobgoblin XO Brake Swap

    Hey,
    I am finally fed up with the Elixir X9 brakes that came on my Hob XO. They are frozen again, which has happened at least once a year since getting the bike in 2014. I am thinking I'll swap them out for Shimano XT BR-M8000 brakes. I'll keep the Avid rotors which are fine.

    My question is whether I need any adapter, or if the calipers should go right onto the current mount. (The front currently has an adapter for the 180, the rear is direct-mounted to the frame for the 160).

    Also, any input on the brakes I'm choosing?
    Thanks, Chip

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    You should be able to swap right over without (usually) having to get different adapters. As far as brake sets, I have picked up two sets of Guides off of Pinkbike fairly cheap and are fantastic stoppers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by s0ul_chicken View Post
    You should be able to swap right over without (usually) having to get different adapters. As far as brake sets, I have picked up two sets of Guides off of Pinkbike fairly cheap and are fantastic stoppers.
    Agree on the Guides, especially the 4 piston variety. I was given a set of Guides and swapped them in from my Level's and they're much better. If you get Guides, make sure to get the 2017 or later if they're take-offs since SRAM had piston issues seizing when they got hot with many before that.

    If, on the other hand, you're set on XT's spend the extra to get the 4 piston version, well worth it!

    I'm not going to get into the pissing match here but also be aware that SRAM and Shimano have VERY different modulation to the brake feel. I have a riding buddy who hates SRAM whereas I prefer the progressive feel of SRAM over the binary on/off feel of XT. Personal choice.
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