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Old 04-09-09, 02:47 PM
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V-Brakes: XTR or Avids

The stock DX canti-brakes on my XC hard tail have run their course/never worked correctly in the first place. Old reliable still fits me perfectly and I still want to keep it in rotation. This is a v-brake only frame. These are pretty much my only experience with pull brakes. I found a pair of NOS XTRs which look awesome for about $70 for the pair. Then we have the Avids (the SLs specifically). I will be upgrading the levers as well. Any opinions from experience, strength comparison, reliability, spring strength?
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Old 04-09-09, 04:05 PM
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I've used both XTR (parallelogram pad actuation) and Avid (fixed pad actuation) and honestly I can't tell any difference in the stopping power. Theoretically the XTR pads wear more evenly, but pad life is about the same either way IME. The only noticeable difference is that the parallelogram linkage on the XTRs tend to get a little rattly after awhile, which doesn't affect the performance but is slightly annoying.
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Old 04-09-09, 04:15 PM
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Originally Posted by frankenmike View Post
I've used both XTR (parallelogram pad actuation) and Avid (fixed pad actuation) and honestly I can't tell any difference in the stopping power. Theoretically the XTR pads wear more evenly, but pad life is about the same either way IME. The only noticeable difference is that the parallelogram linkage on the XTRs tend to get a little rattly after awhile, which doesn't affect the performance but is slightly annoying.
We have the same experience. Setting up the pads is a bit easier with the XTR too. That damn rattle on my older XTRs is annoying, though. XTR levers are nice, but so are the Avids I've used and both have adjustable leverage although easier to adjust with the Avids.
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Old 04-10-09, 06:09 AM
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THe XTR's are heavy too. I took them off and went back to the SD 7's
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Old 04-10-09, 06:11 AM
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Old 04-10-09, 10:24 AM
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+1 on the SD7's
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