I've been through a few sets of brakes in my days (Hayes, Avid mechanical and hydraulic, Formula) and non has compared with how great my Shimano XT discs are...seriously! I'm not what you would call a mechanical genius. I like my bikes to work but lack the patience to really dial in brakes and derailleurs. Without a doubt, these brakes are simple and they work (meaning I spend more time on the trail, less in my garage). Get 'em, use 'em, love 'em!