SLX or XT Brakes
Got some Deore 615s last week from Merlin
Lovely brakes plenty of power and modulation. £90 pair highly recommended
I never thought I’d say this but having bought a set of the Deore’s for my Fatty last week, I reckon they’re actually better than the Hope’s on my other bikes which cost about 3x as much 😯Posted 4 years ago
And this is coming from someone who’s a bit of a Hope fanboy!banksMember
I never thought I’d say this but having bought a set of the Deore’s for my Fatty last week, I reckon they’re actually better than the Hope’s on my other bikes which cost about 3x as much
And this is coming from someone who’s a bit of a Hope fanboy!
+1 just the hope’s are nicer too look atPosted 4 years agonikkMember
Shimano brakes are fine until the seals go (2 to 3 years), then they spray a fine mist of mineral oil over your discs and pads, which causes horrible screeching noises and writes off both the calipers (can’t replace the seals) and pads (mineral oil terminally contaminates pads, believe me).
Also seals break in sub-zero temperatures. Had BOTH my brakes go on one ride a few years ago.
Some shimano stuff is good, but I am never ever going to use their brakes again.Posted 4 years agoaphex_2kMember
I would be ok with a set of 90 quid brakes lasting three years. I don’t think I’d resist the temptation of new brakes once I’d run a set for three years, I’d be wanting to upgrade anyways.
(Having said that, I’ve managed 5 years out of a set up Formula K18’s which aside from new pads and a seasonly re-bleed are still stopping me and I love how comfy the levers are!)… but seriously considering a set of Deores.Posted 4 years agoandylMember
Caliper is different on the Deore to the SLX and XT.
The XT get the servowave adjustment over the SLX which just have a blanking plug (with security screw plug). You can easily replace that with another m4 x 12 screw to enable the feature I believe. There is some kind of washer under the screw on the XT which I would like to get a look at to see if it’s needed. Probably going to replace all my brakes with SLX ones as I fancy upgrading and it’s nice to have the same brakes on all bikes so they feel the same and if anything fails you can swap them over.
Deore are about £80 a set, SLX £110 a set.Posted 4 years agoStumpjumperMember
I run the SLX, no bite point adjust, just lever reach, Must say out of the rest of the brakes ive owned these are the best….Posted 4 years ago
(previous brakes: Hope tech x2, M4,Tech M4’s,Hayes Strokers, and Formula Mega’s)
Small lever, plenty of power! no squeel. can be a little fiddly to bleed.mattjgSubscriber
For a tenner difference I’d buy the XT. I prefer the threaded pin to hold the pad in (to the split pin), and I did use bite point adjust once when I had a very firm bleed and wanted to back it off a little.
Also I suspect for anyone frequently riding in wet or muddy conditions (that’s us!), Servowave is worth the money, so I wouldn’t buy Deore if it’s lacking there.Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
Another vote for the Deores. I’ve got got XT’s in my posh bike and Deores on the other and I don’t notice the lack of tool free adjustment. Since getting my XT’s I’ve not changed the lever position the tool free adjuster is basically something else to break and I’ve not touched the free stroke adjuster either because the brakes felt good as they were.
I think the new Deore stuff looks ace and is really good. Good price too.Posted 4 years ago
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