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Shimano's XT BL-M785 Hydraulic Disc Brake takes its design cues from the new XTR M988 Trail Brakes, and though these might not be as visually refined as the highly polished XTR units, the stopping power speaks for itself.

In addition to the excellent power and modulation, the XT Brakes provide easy adjustment to keep your fingers happy and intuitively in control. There's also a tool-free reach adjustment that you're able to dial on-the-fly, along with a free stroke adjustment that lets you determine lever-blade-to-travel before pads make contact with the rotor.

Also, Shimano reworked pivot location so that the arc of the lever mimics the natural movement of fingers for enhanced power. Servo Wave technology correspondingly comes into play here in order to adjust piston travel relative to lever travel. As you squeeze on the brakes, the gap to the rotor quickly closes, then slows to permit predictable modulation. This allows the pads to sit further from the rotors at rest for less chance of drag. The calipers house a 22mm ceramic piston for inspiring stopping power, and Shimano uses a banjo fitting for the hose attachment at the caliper. The calipers also employ Shimano's Radiator Pads that have integrated fins in order to dissipate heat and to reduce fade on long, hot descents.

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 its 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

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.

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Can these be run without an iSpec compatible...

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

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...

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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?

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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
5 5

Best brakes for the price

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I love the ease and simplicity of bb7's, but SRAM and acids whole line of hydraulic brakes just always seem "off."

These came perfect and felt perfect from the beginning. I trimmed the rear line and afterwards I couldn't even tell. No need for a bleed, no oil spilt, nothing.

Wonderful brakes for the $$$.

Does anyone know if these brakes and rotors...

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Does anyone know if these brakes and rotors would fit on my 09 morewood shova?

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Hi,

Shimano sells rotors and adapters separately from this brake and caliper, so you can buy the correct configuration for your frame and wheels. Give us a call and we will make sure you get what you need.

5 5

When you need to stop, look no further

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I had always ridden Avid brakes and not loo long ago decided to try the Avid X0's. I gave these all the chances in the world, even switching to ICE rotors to try to eliminate the noise and poor braking experience. I finally replaced the X0's with XT's and the difference is night and day. The first time out on XT's I couldn't believe how strong these brakes were as I was constantly locking up the rear because of my muscle memory to the X0's. Modulation is great and has all the power you need.

I just wouldn't consider buying any other brake for XC/Trail use.

5 5

mismatch with SRAM XO

is it possible to use these brakes with the Problem Solving Mismatch adapter so that I can attach my wife's current XO Shifters to these levers? I am confused because the Problem Solving Mismatch plates say 2013 and earlier, did these levers change from 2013? if so, how? I do not know what Ispec is?

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NO. i found this out after ordering the mismatch adapters. These are the 2014 XT brakes which are XT - BL- M785 B. the B at the end meaning B spec compatible aka the new system from shimano. all other models are A spec and work with Mismatch. Problem solvers is working on the 2.0 version which are B spec compatible.

The Ispec B vs A has to do with where they put the screw hole on the new brake handlebar clamp, thats it. the current mismatch adapters simply do not fit the new design. using my X9 shifter, i bought the handlebar clamps for 30 bucks and never looked back. they take up like 5mm space on the bar.

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Problemsolvers have now released v1.1 which works with B levers.

How long is the hydraulic
hose for front...

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How long is the hydraulic
hose for front and rear?

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Hey Dougr,
That is a good question. The front hose measures 1000mm while the rear hose measures 1700mm. If you have any questions please let us know.

Are these 2014 Shimano XT M785-B or M785...

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Are these 2014 Shimano XT M785-B or M785 brakes? Need to know for shifter i-spec compatibility.

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JR@P387504,

These brakes are I-Spec B. I have also included a diagram Shimano put out regarding the differences to hopefully clarify things.

JR@P387504, <br/>  <br/> These brakes are I-Spec B. I have also included a diagram Shimano put out regarding the differences to hopefully clarify things.

do these come with pads? if so which...

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do these come with pads? if so which ones?

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Yes, these come with Ice-Tech brake pads: resin brake surface, metal backing plate.

Are these i-spec-B or A?

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Are these i-spec-B or A?

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MOEP702610,

These brakes are I-Spec B. I have also included a diagram Shimano put out regarding the differences to hopefully clarify things.

MOEP702610, <br/>  <br/> These brakes are I-Spec B. I have also included a diagram Shimano put out regarding the differences to hopefully clarify things.

Are these compatible with the Shimano Ispec...

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Are these compatible with the Shimano Ispec shifters? What size of the rotor that need to be fitted? Thanks.

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Anh P.,

These are Ispec compatible. As for the rotor size, these do not include any adapters with them so you can pick whichever size rotor as long as you get the correct adapter for your bike. The adapter sku's are SHI0108 and SHI0547.

5 5

Great value play

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

XT brakes are awesome bang for buck and if you can get them on sale, even better! The ergonomics and modulation feel spot on, and the stopping power builds confidence. Adjustments are simple but after getting it right, I haven't had to continuously fiddle with it.

5 5

High end at its best!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Awesome breaking power!!! Worth spending the money on the upgrade.

Do these brakes have metal or organic...

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Do these brakes have metal or organic pads?

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As far as I know, all new XT M-785's come with Metallic pads. I know of several friends who have purchased the Shimano XT M-785's as an upgrade and they all came with the metallic pads as did mine.

5 5

These are...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

...awesome. Upgraded from a leaky sram X7 on seeing nothing but positive reviews. Will never go back. Coupled with shimano ice rotor. Low mainenance, no noise, moderately priced. Forgetaboutit.

5 5

I should have done these sooner!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

WOW! That pretty much sums up my thoughts after installing these. I procrastinated for a long time before taking the plunge to replace my Alixer 5's and now I'm thinkin' I should have done this a long time ago.

I was overwhelmed at the firm yet fully controllable braking modulation. A far greater range of control than any previously owned brake. The adjustable levers are wonderful. I have ridden these brakes for a year and 4,300 miles and they have not even begun to soften up. No maintenance at all other than lube the levers, check pads and caliper torques occasionally.

The installation was smooth and without any problems. I did make some changes that most won't be doing. After years of riding motorcycles, I have adapted to the front brake being on the Right. So I swapped brake lines to accommodate that habit. It's a standard in Europe and other places, but not here in the USA. My point in stating this is the brake line swap was painless and didn't even require a bleed if done correctly. Very simple installation. Well worth the effort for those who are comfortable doing this.

i see some xt brakes listed as BL-M785...

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i see some xt brakes listed as BL-M785 some as BR-M785 and some just as M785. is there a difference? thanks!

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I don't no this for sure, but I'm gonna guess L=left(front) and R=right(back). ;-)

5 5

Performance and Value, Perfectly

Hands down these are the second best brakes I have used.

What's first? XTR (like you weren't expecting that).

Hear me out, the XTR's offer a bit more grab at the end of the stroke IMO, but these are by far the best bang for your buck. The XT's provide plenty of stopping power at an easy graduated lever pull. Shimano dialed in the lever feel so you have tons of power at your fingertip(s) as well as tactical feedback so you know how much modulated grab you have. IceTech pads dump heat away from the mineral oil and from the system keeping everything running cool and consistent. Pair them with IceTech rotors for the best performance managing heat and fade free performance. The pads also have good retraction after a season of neglect to keep any rotor rubbing from driving you crazy. You have to try these brakes, they will not let you down.

Performance and Value, Perfectly

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