- Slx or xt brake dilemma?
Wiggle do them for £1.79 each, but they’re out of stock.Posted 3 years ago
As Funky Dunc. If you are swayed to SLX, then just get Deore. Mate has been round today to see about sorting his M4 Hope(less) brakes. One ride on my 456 with Deores around the close and he ordered them on his phone from Merlins straight away. They are fantastic for power and modulation.Posted 3 years agokayak23Subscriber
I have xt. Great brakes. I wound the bite point adjuster screw all the way in and all the way out and the difference it made to the brake was incredible!
Oh no, hang on, that was it, it does absolutely zilch, nada, zero, not a sausage…
But yeah, lighter if that’s your thing and pistons.
The XTs normally come with the finned pads fitted, but once they wear out, you’ve not got to use them. Superstar in mine now.Posted 3 years agoEntonoxMember
Both SLX and XT have ceramic pistons as they are exactly the same caliper, nothing between them in the weight.
Deore do not have ceramic pistons and weigh more.
Buy the ones you like the look of the best out of SLX and XT.
And after using both split pin and threaded I prefer split pin. Faster and easier IMO.Posted 3 years agobelugabobMember
belugabob – I clearly meant in relation to the cost of a bike, just 2% of a £1000 0.5% of a £4000 or 1/2 a decent tyre or a Dominos pizza or 5 pints of beer…in the context of the discussion £20 really isn’t much.
£20 = 5 pints 😯 – shows how long it is since I went to the pub. Feeling all curmudgeonly and skinflintish now 😉Posted 3 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
SLX have a nicer finish than the garish fake chrome on the XT
XT have a bite point adjuster that does nothing – and if you drill a tiny hole in the SLX body in the same spot and insert a screw, the SLX also have a bite point adjuster, as the internals are the same. It still does nothing.
SLX every time.Posted 3 years agocrosshairMember
I can’t remember what trashy documentary thing about business I was watching where a guy running a sofa shop bemoaned the fact that in the old days, people would brag to their friends how much their latest suite had set them back. These days however ‘everyone’s after a bargain!’ he said 😀
Don’t be tight- buy the xt’s and let your hair grow an extra couple of weeks for a few months 😀Posted 3 years agoEntonoxMember
Go on what do ceramic pistons actually do thats different. Whats the weight difference, just go to the toilet before a ride.
Someone had previously stated they were the same, I was pointing out they are not.
Yeah, better handling of heat on big descents. Might be a factor in a purchase decision if you have regular Alps trips.
One of the biggest differences between Deore and SLX/XT that I don’t think has been mentioned yet is the tool-free lever reach adjust on the SLX and XT. I find that really handy in getting the lever reach perfect as the pads wear down. Find myself tweaking them often.
They also feel much better when using an non-sintered pad. Really nice modulation – less ‘grabby’ with still loads of power.Posted 3 years ago
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