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After I "de-Shimano'ed" my bike several years ago and hopping aboard the SRAM train for the years following, I am back on Shimano with my last bike that came complete with SLX drivetrain/brakes. So I am back with Shimano and been pretty pleased so far, much better than previous stuff and so much easier to shift with smoother shifting than my former SRAM. Been diggin' the SLX stuff over the past +1yr, but the RD went recently went "belly up" and my front shifter is hanging on by a thread from when I shaved down some of the shifter pod material to try to make my Reverb remote fit inverted under the bars while being close to the grips as possible (bad move). Since then, I sold the Reverb and am back on a GD post w/remote in better position for shifting and performance for me altogether.

So my question is, is Saint worth the upgrade in shifting performance over SLX, especially with the huge cost differential? Thinking about going with Saint brakes as well with smaller rotors, since I get a bit of brake fade on the longer, steeper descents.

Thanks for any feedback.

JG
 

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After I "de-Shimano'ed" my bike several years ago and hopping aboard the SRAM train for the years following, I am back on Shimano with my last bike that came complete with SLX drivetrain/brakes. So I am back with Shimano and been pretty pleased so far, much better than previous stuff and so much easier to shift with smoother shifting than my former SRAM. Been diggin' the SLX stuff over the past +1yr, but the RD went recently went "belly up" and my front shifter is hanging on by a thread from when I shaved down some of the shifter pod material to try to make my Reverb remote fit inverted under the bars while being close to the grips as possible (bad move). Since then, I sold the Reverb and am back on a GD post w/remote in better position for shifting and performance for me altogether.

So my question is, is Saint worth the upgrade in shifting performance over SLX, especially with the huge cost differential? Thinking about going with Saint brakes as well with smaller rotors, since I get a bit of brake fade on the longer, steeper descents.

Thanks for any feedback.

JG
The Saint brakes has a awesome stopping power because of the 4 piston they had. SLX shifters and saint doesn't had any differences between them. Maybe you want to consider to upgrade your shifter to XT or maybe XTR they had more crisp from SLX
 
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