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3 5

High maintenance, overpriced

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have used 4 different sets of XO trail brakes in the past 2 seasons, and they have multiple consistent problems. Usually, out of the box they need to be bled again. After 2-3 months of riding, all of mine had to be bled again. I personally feel the lever is too long, and doesn't allow for good modulation until the lever is close to the bar; by that time, I am slamming on the brakes because it took so long to catch up with my attempt to modulate. Ran Avid Elixir 5s last year as well, no problems. I am now using Shimano XTs and feel they are the best bang for the buck.