If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

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dhooper7
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If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby dhooper7 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 20:41 pm

I have a 160mm Specialized Enduro.
Firstly, I go through pads like butter (Elixir R SL brakes).
Have tried loads of makes and different compounds.
Secondly, I hate fitting new pads as they always seem to drag a little on the first ride. Have bled, cleaned pistons and replaced seals and replacing is always a pain in the...
Thirdly, I want more power! I treat it like a DH bike when pointing down the mountain and really put the hammer down.
Fade is not an option and cooked brakes is not wanted.

I'm thinking about replacing them...
I want an easier life when it comes to replacing pads
I want more braking power and a better feel
Is it too much to ask?

Elixir 9's maybe?
I've heard Hope lack a little on power but make up for it in customer service..?
XT?
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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby benpinnick » Wed Nov 14, 2012 20:43 pm

XT with Ice Tech rotors in 203/180. Shoudl be able to do the lot for under £200.
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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby The Northern Monkey » Wed Nov 14, 2012 20:52 pm

New deore m596 and then a trip to the pub (or the xt as above if you must spend £200)!

The deore m596 brakes are without a doubt the best brakes I've used. Miles ahead of the elixir R's on the Canyon.
I'm 16st, and run 160mm rotors on the RL and struggle with having too much power, but only because i'm used to crap avids! The deores are superbly modulated and have a great feel to them.

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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby welshkev » Wed Nov 14, 2012 21:10 pm

Ha ha ben I was gonna say slx and a trip to the pub, you can pick them up for £130/£140
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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby mikeysickalrigh » Wed Nov 14, 2012 21:53 pm

The XTs are unbelievable

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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby dhooper7 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 21:56 pm

Good comments...
Are XT's nice 'n easy when it comes to replacing the pads?
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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby The Northern Monkey » Wed Nov 14, 2012 22:02 pm

dhooper7 wrote:Good comments...
Are XT's nice 'n easy when it comes to replacing the pads?


Aren't all brakes?

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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby supersonic » Wed Nov 14, 2012 23:18 pm

Pad wear may not improve if you eat them with any pads with your current set up. What size rotor are you running?

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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby dhooper7 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 00:18 am

supersonic wrote:Pad wear may not improve if you eat them with any pads with your current set up. What size rotor are you running?

203 up front and 180 on the back

The Northern Monkey wrote:Aren't all brakes?

Not my Elixir R's
Always a bit of drag on the first ride. Suparstar pads are the worst, like pulling a donkey up the climbs with me
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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby Neal_ » Thu Nov 15, 2012 07:25 am

My Elixir R's drag on every ride :(

Get any of the Shimano already mentioned with XT Ice Tech rotors from Rose Bikes or Bike-discount.de (etc), if you sign up for Rose's news letter or like them and install their app on facebook you get a £10 off code.


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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby benpinnick » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:37 am

Pads are a breeze to change on XT. Unscrew retaining bolt, pull out pads, drop in new ones, put bolt back in. No worries at all. FWIW I have found the Shimano standard (I think theyre sintered) pads to be very long lasting. Im still on my same set as new after over a year. On Avids Id be 2 or 3 sets in by now.

Also, with the XTs (and maybe SLXs) you can run iSpec shifters, which really cleans up the bars alot. If you run a dropper post remote, this opens up lots more positioning options.
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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby dhooper7 » Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:33 am

XT it is then!
Thanks all. Great help
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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby hainman » Thu Nov 15, 2012 18:55 pm

i got the XT'S from merlin for 123quid,they were meant to be the M780's but when they came(next day free delivery) they were the M785'S minus the ice fin pads but aint to bothered.
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Re: If you had £200 to spend on new brakes...

Postby oodboo » Thu Nov 15, 2012 19:00 pm

I put the XT brakes on my enduro and can't fault them. Maybe zee for a bit more power?
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