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    I give up

    I give up on my shimano 785s (XT)

    Anyone using a brake that they absolutely love and have had no probs with? Majority rules and that'll be what I replace mine with. My caliper has been replaced 3 times and all 3 have leaked, fouling my pads.

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    hmm. I've had xtrs on my race bike for a couple years with no problem, so I replaced my trail bike brakes(elixer) with xt 785s because I liked the xtr so much but wanted something cheaper.
    New xtr brakes are out, so you can probably get a decent deal on the 980 or 985? Would never go with avid again until proven changes are made

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    Weird...I hear that XT brakes are the standard and that Avid Elixir are shite. Yet I have Elixirs on two bikes and have not really had any issue with either. Yet you have had multiple issues with your XT's. Hmmmmm.

    Actually, the only set of brakes I have had that were 100% hassle free were the BB10 cable brakes on my old singlespeed.
    Strava made me do it....

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    Shimano XT 755

    The only other calipers I have used are XTR 965 which are also a couple generations "behind"

    What's leaking on your XT's? The main piston seals? Or the banjo bolt where the brake line attaches to the caliper? Can't think why either would leak
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    I've been using a set of 2011 XTR M988 brakes for 4 seasons now. No issues with regular maintenance, been on 4 different bikes and lots of miles. Have a set of 2014 XTR M987 brakes on second bike this year and no issues either.

    Had a couple sets of Elixr's on other bikes previously and never liked them.

    And of course, BB7's for simplicity/durability. I have a set on my fat-bike that get abused. Still work, don't feel great though. .
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    On my original Gary Fisher Superfly (2008) I still have the original Avid Ultimate Juicy brakes. Never had a problem with them, even if they are a bit finicky to adjust. I have the same brakes on my single speed for 5 years, also no problems.
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    I have a set of XT's that came with the tallboy, and have no issues whatsoever. I have a set of Avid XO's on my fat bike that neither I or the bike shop can get set up so they don't squeal on the front. Other than that they work fine. I have ridden them mostly in the cold and snow. I have a set of Saints on my Street/Urban bike that are heavy but have awesome stopping power and have had no issue with them for years. I have a set of BB7's on my winter ride it in the salt and sand bike. Have held up amazingly well in the slush.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VR6ix View Post
    Shimano XT 755
    These, and the DOT3 Grimeca System 8's that Shimano licensed for the 755s.

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    I have formula R1's on 4 bikes, work great for me, some say they have had issues but i have had only minor stuff, that you would expect with 3 year old brakes..
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    hope

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    Sounds like the answer is with your brakes, not XT brakes in general. Maybe this should be taken up with Shimano's warranty department?
    Strava made me do it....

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    If this is what's going on...
    http://forums.mtbr.com/brake-time/xt...ng-895260.html

    Then this is your fix
    http://forums.mtbr.com/brake-time/m7...ad-849253.html


    Or just get a set of Saint brakes like I did.

    V-brakes also work well, they avoid all the problems with discs, calipers, and hydraulic fluids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aerius View Post

    Or just get a set of Saint brakes like I did.

    V-brakes also work well, they avoid all the problems with discs, calipers, and hydraulic fluids.
    Mechanical are good to. Always keep a set for back up duty when the Hopes need some love.

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