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Stop it.

Just like its Ultegra road group set benefits from the trickle-down of technology from the top-tier Dura-Ace, Shimano's XT mountain bike components take their cues from the XTR series. And while the less expensive BL-M785 may not have the bling factor that the XTR M988 brakes do, they definitely share the same stopping power.

The location of the pivot has been examined and re-designed so that the arc of the lever mimics the movement of your fingers so that your squeeze will be secure each time. And, to refine the position, a tool-free adjust is able to be changed on the fly. There is also a free stroke adjustment that alters the travel of the lever before the pad makes contact with the rotor.

Working in conjunction with the latter adjustment is Shimano's Servo Wave technology. Essentially, as you squeeze the brake levers, the gap from the pad to the rotor closes quickly and then it slows so that modulation is predictable. This movement means that the pads may be set farther away from the rotors which reduces the possibility of drag. The calipers house a 22mm ceramic piston, and Shimano uses a banjo fitting for the hose attachment at the caliper. Shimano's Radiator Pads are used on the calipers. These pads feature integrated fins which help to dissipate heat so that braking power remains consistent-no matter how long the downhill is.

The Shimano XT BL-M785 Hydraulic Disc Brake has hinged, split clamps for easy mounting. It comes as a pre-bled lever/caliper/hose assembly and it's complete for each end of the bike - except for rotors (sold separately). Shimano XT Brakes will work equally well with XT Ice Tech Rotors or standard XT rotors. Please note that this brake is sold separately as either Left/Front or Right/Rear.

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5 5

These things are the bomb!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Stopping power for days and easy to install. What more could you ask for?

How long is the hose on the rear brake?

5 5

5 stars

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was just going to write a review on how good these brakes are. However, you can read the 21 other 5 star reviews on these brakes and find out how good they are.

Bottom line: For a middle of the road brake set these brakes are hard to beat. Stopping performance is spot on, heat fade doesn't exist, and they look sick! Just buy them, you won't find many options at this price that work better.

5 5

Huge improvement!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I had been riding on the mechanical disc brakes my bike came with for a few years and have decided it's time for an upgrade. These are just what I needed! The stopping power and range give me a lot more control on downhill sections. They are really easy to install and adjust, and look great. The cable length is a little long but you can shorten/have them shortened.

How long is the brake line on the left/front unit?

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The front brake line is about 1000m in length.

gmcbride@backcountry.com

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A kilometer for a brake line seems excessive. Is there a second "m" missing in that answer ;-)

I want to replace my Avid Elixir 5 brakes with Shimano XTs. Do I need to replace my rotors to be compatible and do I need the caliper adapter for front and rear.?

Does these brakes come with the brake pads included?
Thanks.

do I have to buy an adapter to work with 180 front and 160 rear?

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It depends on your Fork options, most likely if you run a pike or a Float 32/34 you will need an adapter for the 180 front rotor. Most frames now a days are compatible w/o adapters for 160 rear rotors. Please give me a call directly, or one of my coworkers and we can get you set up with the correct parts the first time.

5 5

An avid Shimano fan

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I replaced the front brake on my Stumpjumper (Avid Elixir 5) with this brake and its great. Good stopping, lots of control, easy to install. I just ordered one to put on the rear wheel. Note: the brake felt a little soft on the first ride. The manual mentions that this happens. It tunes in early in the first ride and feels normal after that. If you're looking at this and the XTR I'd say go with this. Best bang for the buck.

are these the I-spec B?

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The XT brakes in question are I-Spec B versions. brett@competitivecyclist.com

5 5

Best Brakes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the money I don't know if you can find a better brake. Super powerful and a great lever feel. Very easy to bleed also. I would recommend these to anyone.

5 5

I don't see how you could improve.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Unless you like spending money needlessly these brakes are the equal of XTR with a small weight penalty. You will have to cut the hoses but the hardware is included and you won't loose the bleed if you are careful. When it comes time to replace the pads skip the fins and get organic pads for quieter operation. True one finger operation and adjustable reach make these the best at a great price.

I don't see how you could improve.
5 5

2 years, no bleed, going strong!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I ride hard, mainly gravity style rides on my blur LT. 6" rotors. I ride my bike at least 2x a week, and haven't had to bleed these brakes in 2 years. they feel better than any sram brake I've felt.

Hello, I have a Giant Trance X1 with Avide Elixer 3 brakes. I want to replace them and was looking at the Shimano XT, will these brakes work on this bike

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Michael, These should drop right on with very little work. Without seeing the bike, you may need adapters but likely it won't.

5 5

My preferred brake

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my go-to brake. This is the first change I make when I buy a complete bike and the only thing that is a constant between every mountain bike I've owned over the past 5+ years.

5 5

Best Stoppers For the Price!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Preface: This review expresses MY opinion and NOT objective fact. I have been riding mt and road for decades and have ridden almost every brand of brake out there. As a proud American, I would love to buy an American product (made in Asia) over a foreign product (made in Asia) IF that product is better.
With that said, these brakes are EXCELLENT! I have not been impressed with any of the avid brakes I have ridden and I LOVED the Maguras but, for the price, I don't think anyone can beat good ol' Shimano XTs. In fact, I swapped out a set of older XTR 975 (2 gens ago) for these and experienced a substantial improvement. Solid modulation, little or no fade and they are bomb proof. Make sure you "mate" the pads to your rotor (youtube it) and you are good to go. My only complaint is that the brake hoses are LONG! I ride a Large frame and I would imagine these would fit Shaq's bike!

5 5

The best brakes $ can buy

I have these on my Santa Cruz Tallboy LTC and my Borealis Yampa. They are so bomber. I haven't had to bleed or do anything, aside from changing the pads with the one set for over 2 years. They come with some fancy pads that have little cooling fins on them, but when it comes time to replace the pads these:
http://www.backcountry.com/shimano-xtr-race-resin-disc-brake-pads
will work fine. Just make sure you save the original hardware because you will need it to install the XTR race pads.

Can these be run without an iSpec compatible...

Can these be run without an iSpec compatible shifter (SRAM, for example)? Can they be clamped straight to the bar?

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Yes, these brakes can be run without an ispec shifter attached. They will clamp directly to the bar so you can use the shifter or your choice.

5 5

these brakes are excellent

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

great value in high-performance brakes. easy bleed procedure makes adjustment a breeze (trimmed front & rear lined for better fit on install), removing any angst from owning hydraulics. stopping power is rock solid. easy set-up and maintenance make these brakes a very solid performance/price solution.

these brakes are excellent

I just bought these brakes. My shop told...

I just bought these brakes. My shop told me that the brake clamps are not compatible with the xtr levers that I currently have. Can someone please confirm whether these shifters (Shimano XTR SL-M980 Shifters http://www.backcountry.com/shimano-xtr-rapidfire-shift-levers?ti=U2VhcmNoIFJlc3VsdHM6eHRyIG05ODAgc2hpZnRlcjoxOjE6eHRyIG05ODAgc2hpZnRlcg&skid=SHI0353-FRO-S23X10SPEED) will work with the above brakes?

Best Answer Responded on

I believe your shop is talking about I-Sec shifter. Shimano does make a different shifter mount called I-Spec. It was designed to help your handlebars which can get a little over-populated at times. The I- spec allows brake lever and shifter to be mounted on the same piece of hardware. However, this mounting system does come with a trade off which is less adjustable positioning of the brake lever and shifter lever on the bar.
I am happy to say you have compatible parts that are designed to run together on your handle bar but, each part has its own clamp and it's not an integrated design. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me at dmyers@backcountry.com

I believe your shop is talking about I-Sec shifter. Shimano does make a different shifter mount called I-Spec. It was designed to help  your handlebars which can get a little over-populated at times. The I- spec allows brake lever and shifter to be mounted on the same piece of hardware. However,  this mounting system  does come with a trade off which is less adjustable positioning of the brake lever and shifter lever on the bar.   <br/> I am happy to say you have compatible parts that are designed to run together on your handle bar but, each part has its own clamp and it's not an integrated design.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to email me at dmyers@backcountry.com