I have been running the Shimano Saints for a while now and was really impressed with the stopping power and feel of the brakes. When looking for brakes for my XC bike Shimano was the first company I looked at. After considering both the XTR and XT model, I decided on the XTs. They are only slightly heavier, the price was right, and they offer all the adjustability of the XTRs. I was not disappointed at all. They are super powerful and have great lever feel. These are also a dream to bleed like all Shimano brakes. If you are looking for a reasonably priced, great performing brake these are it.