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Shimano 4 piston brakes - XT8020 vs 8120 vs Zee/Saint

July 2, 2019, 8:48 p.m.
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Posted by: RAHrider

I know it's not shimano but I am super happy with my magura MT trail sports. Can't beat them for $250 a set and the levers are so nice it feels like it is having sex with your fingers.

July 4, 2019, 3:06 p.m.
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TBS has a further sale on now: Zees on for $155, Saints for $220 and 2 pot XT for $130ish... ended up ordering the 8020s at $189.

 Last edited by: grambo on July 4, 2019, 3:06 p.m., edited 1 time in total.
July 5, 2019, 9:57 a.m.
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Enjoying the stopping power of the Zee's compared to SLX I had before, but cant stand how much the pads rattle. Pretty annoying....Might try the non finned versions to see if they are any quieter.

July 6, 2019, 8:40 p.m.
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Take the pads out, spread the spring a little more, and reassemble. 

Worked for me on 8020s.

July 8, 2019, 10:08 p.m.
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i don't get this whole saint/zee brake pad rattle thing. i've got zees on both bikes, and never a sound. until the last ride. i heard occasional buzz and it's a sound i don't recognize. even when i bounce the bike on the ground. i think it's the pads!

July 8, 2019, 10:24 p.m.
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Ya, me too.  I've been running saints for a decade and haven't noticed a thing with either the finned pads or the old-style ones.

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