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Mix and matching Shimano calipers/levers..where would I benefit most.

Old 05-15-15, 08:51 PM
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Mix and matching Shimano calipers/levers..where would I benefit most.

I have a slx set up right now on a xc softtail, Im wondering what would the best way to upgrade my brakes... cheaply.. I see that you can mix and match levers and calipers. So should I change out the levers or calipers. I thinking its the lever that would be the best way to go. But Im basing that off that upgrading a shifter will make your shifting feel better. Im not too worried about weight.

Or should I just get some icetec rotors and nicer finned pads.
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If you want to run Ice-Tec, you really need to match the rotors to the pads & calipers, this means current SLX level or above.

If looking to buy an upgrade (going that your currently have brakes on the bike), would wait a few weeks and get XT M8000.

For mixing and matching, this can be done, but unless you can get the all the individual parts very cheap, it's not worth it.

For the shifters, as these are separate from the levers, these can be upgraded at any time, but unless you are changing speed, or need to change for Ispec, you aren't going to find much difference if going from SLX to XT
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this can be done, but unless you can get the all the individual parts very cheap, it's not worth it.
That's what I think too. Bicycle component upgrades almost never make economic sense. It's fun to do, however, so my bikes never stay exactly the same for very long. Look around for whatever upgrade parts that you can acquire cheaply and bolt them up.
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