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    XTR M965 or Magura Marta Disc Brakes?

    Hi, I'm building up a bike and have the option of using either of these, they are older Martas, not SL. Which would be better, what would be the pros and cons of each-Thanks

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    I would go with the Magura. Even the Marta is just 35g heavier than the SL...due to the aluminum levers instead of carbon. The stopping power and modulation of the Magura is much better than the older XTR.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ssc280
    Hi, I'm building up a bike and have the option of using either of these, they are older Martas, not SL. Which would be better, what would be the pros and cons of each-Thanks

    I have those brakes, shimano X965...work fine, maybe a sticky piston problem everynow and then...

    I have really cooked them up good a couple of times, just new pads and clean up the rotor and away they go...

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Choose Magura

    Go with Magura.

    I have the XTR's- they are too weak when pushed hard. They're draggy also with sticky pistons which is really annoying. Better brakes exist...what about using the XT's?

    Pros: The best lever design (my opinion) & great modulation (using one metal pad, one organic pad per side). However, power is moderate. If you only ride CC, these might work well for U. For AM & extended downhill, forget it!

    Do further research on the XTR's & you'll go with Magura or something else. Good luck!
    Last edited by Shredr; 11-20-2009 at 01:02 PM.

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