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Have the stock Elixir 5s on the 2012 Spearfish 2.. Thinking of replacing them with the Shimano XT's. The Avids just seem like there on/ off there is no lee way in the middle! Anyone else switch to something else?
 

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I read somewhere on these boards that the 5's are the OEM versions of the 7's minus two components but those escape me at the moment. To answer your question, I'm running 7's & they're fine as far as I'm concerned & for what I ride.
 

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I'm running the stock Avid hydros on my 2011 Ti El Mar. Sorry, can't recall the exact model at the moment. I've had about the same feeling of them being only on/off. They're my first hydros so I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I'm seriously considering moving some bb7s over to get some modulation.
I've heard good things about the XTs as well, maybe I will give them a shot.

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I normally use Shimano but bought a bike with Elixir CRs fitted. They worked OK, but I just didn't like the feel of them so I replaced them with some XT.

now the El Mariachi Ti I'm looking at comes with XT brakes but SRAM shifters. I hate them too!!
 

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Not a fan of hydros...period. I've always done well with BB7's. Never any issues, easy set up, and perform quite well for my needs. Annual maintenance is negligible.
 

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Have the stock Elixir 5s on the 2012 Spearfish 2.. Thinking of replacing them with the Shimano XT's. The Avids just seem like there on/ off there is no lee way in the middle! Anyone else switch to something else?
I did this exact same thing on my Tallboy. Short answer. Do it and never look back. The XT brakes are fantastic and a fantastic value.
 

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As a shop, upgrading bikes that come stock with Avid brakes is one of our most common changes. The lower-end Avids actually work pretty decent, but the "higher-end" models seem to have more problems. Usually it is just bleed-related on the majority of the brakes, but the higher-end levers seem to have some issues with the pistons. :eek:( Shimano brakes, even the SLX, are fantastic brakes. Low-maintenance and great feel and performance. Run the Avids until they give you problems, then go with the Shimano. Unless of course, you want a mechanical brake - the BB7 still work great - that's what I run on my Selma, and they are easy to adjust and trouble-free.
 

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I did this exact same thing on my Tallboy. Short answer. Do it and never look back. The XT brakes are fantastic and a fantastic value.
Exactly. They can be found for $120 or less and the quality and feel is amazing. Put them on my mukluk2 as well. Do yourself a favor and upgrade to the ICE XT rotors too. Not just a piece of stamped steel like some others but engineered very well and worth it.
 

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Can somebody post the model numbers for the brakes and rotors their using on their Spearfish? When I do a search I get several different Ice Tech rotors that come up so i'm not totally sure which one your talking about.

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The new XT's are really nice I am going to ditch my set of Avid XX's for XT's when my Avids break again.
 
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