Shimano or Sram brakes?
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Take a look. I am running Sram Guide Ultimate brakes out front & Shimano XTR M9020 brakes out back. I'm running mixed match so that I can find out which brakes I like more.
Disclaimer: I ran Shimano XTR M9020 in my Nomad front & rear with these same rotors so I know the stopping power and lever/modulation feel of having XTR out front. Also, this is not a long term durability brake battle.
I love love love Shimano brakes on my DH bikes (I have run multiple sets of Saints). The "on-off" of Shimano is great. If I want to slow down... bam!...I got brakes. Great for DH. As soon as Shimano brakes start braking, they brake hard. Also, a lot of people complain about not being able to modulate Shimano brakes but I find that I don't have a problem. XTR brakes feel the same as Saints but has less sheer bite. XTR is more than powerful enough for the average Joe.
When it comes to modern day Sram brakes (post Avid Juicys), I have had zero experience prior to these Guide Ultimates. I have been running the Ultimate out front for the past little bit & just recently did two North Shore rides with them. I know that there have been reliability issues with Sram brakes but mine are new & running great. Let's talk power & lever feel. I think these Guide Ultimates have a bit more power then the XTRs but honestly, I don't really need it. Lever feel/modulation is where the Ultimates win. It feels like the pads move simultaneously with the pull of the lever, whereas the Shimanos feel like there is no pad movement for the first little bit of lever pull.
I am a Shimano brake guy but Sram Guide Ultimates takes the cake over Shimano XTR. Factor in durability (from what I have been told), then it's a though call. I would probably go with Shimanos for its consistency.
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Shimano or Sram brakes?
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