Shimano SLX vs XT

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    Apr 19, 2013 2:41 AM GMT
    I recently upgraded to Shimano SLX hydraulic brakes (from Hayes Dyno Sport...totally shitty brake system that comes on new Trek intro MTB's).

    I was gonna go with the XT version, but googled around and found that the components are the same. The only difference is a few screws located in the XT systems that are compatible with the SLX systems. If you can get your hands on those screws (which is easy if you know lots of MTB'ers) then you can convert your SLX system to XT in under 5 minutes.

    BTW, fuck Avid. They think they're the best, but they ain't got shit on Shimano. icon_cool.gif
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    Apr 19, 2013 3:48 AM GMT
    SLX is a good choice. As far as braking performance, they are nearly identical. The difference is material and adjustability options. I think the XT levers are made of different materials as well as the pistons and maybe the caliper housing I think. It's done mainly for weight savings rather than performance. I think the XT levers have another adjustability feature that the SLX doesn't. Regardless, SLX are solid brakes.

    And yeah, Avid does suck.