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Old 02-12-23, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by PeteHski
IME they are much the same. We currently have 1 bike on Shimano, 3 on SRAM and 1 on Magura. None of them have had any issues like this. If I had to pick one, I would say my Shimano road brakes have the best feel, but there is very little in it.
I have read comments on MTB-focused forms that Shimano's MTB disc brakes are notably better than SRAM, but I haven't experienced it for myself. The previous owner of my newest MTB replaced the original SRAM Level Ultimate brakes with Shimano XTRs. Based on other changes he made to the bike, I can assume he thought the XTR brakes were an improvement. That said, this probably has very little comparison with road brakes.
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Old 02-12-23, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Eric F
I have read comments on MTB-focused forms that Shimano's MTB disc brakes are notably better than SRAM, but I haven't experienced it for myself. The previous owner of my newest MTB replaced the original SRAM Level Ultimate brakes with Shimano XTRs. Based on other changes he made to the bike, I can assume he thought the XTR brakes were an improvement. That said, this probably has very little comparison with road brakes.
All my mtb brakes are SRAM so I donít have a personal comparison there. No complaints about them though. I certainly wouldnít consider changing them out.

My only direct comparison of Shimano vs SRAM is on my 2 road bikes and I perhaps have a slight preference for Shimano there. But itís very close.
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Old 02-12-23, 02:04 PM
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On the MTB side I've tried Magura, Shimano, Avid, Sram and Shigura (shimano/magura mix).

While the shigura takes the cake maguras are a close second, shimano comes after that and waaaaay behind are Avid and Sram. I had Sram Guide RE's, which should be powerful with four pots but they just kinda sucked. Low power and meh lever feel.

on the road I much prefer shimano. Road sram (older rival) was low power and meh lever feel. I don't know if it's piston ratios or what but I have never gotten any decent power out of any Sram hydro.
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Old 02-12-23, 02:27 PM
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I will admit that the tumor on top of the sram hydro road levers was pretty awesome for riding position.

The straight brake levers and weak brakes are a trade off.

I ditched them and havenít missed them since.
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