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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.

  • Hinged clamp for easy mounting
  • 22mm ceramic piston
  • Integrated Radiator Fins on the brake pads disperse heat
  • XT brakes work with either standard XT rotors, or Ice Tech and Freeza rotors
  • Brakes sold individually as either Left/Front or Right/Rear

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5 5

The Tesla is faster than the Ferrari

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Reference the title; A Tesla is about $80k and can do 0-60 faster than a $450k Ferrari. Now, it should also be pointed out that the Tesla built completely different. While these XT brakes are not fundamentally different than any other hydraulic disc brake out there, they work just as well or better than the more expensive type. I've ridden very nice bikes for years and I always equip them with XT brakes. Never XTR, never, NEVER SRAM/Avid. I'd prefer to save that money and put it elsewhere that will improve performance in a noticeable way. Get these brakes and you won't be disappointed. I promise.

The Tesla is faster than the Ferrari
5 5

Strong Enough For A DH Bike...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

... And light enough for an XC bike. If you're looking for good brakes, Shimano is the way to go. Pair them with IceTech rotors and you're set up for squeal-free stopping, because going faster always depends on knowing you can stop.

Dose the front brake come with a olive and Insert for shortening the line?

5 5

Great brakes

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

What's to say that hasn't been said? These brakes are awesome, period. Great deal for an excellent brake

Unanswered Question

what's the difference between the Shimano XT BL-M785 and the Shimano XT BR-M785?

5 5

cha ching!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been riding with XT brakes for a very long time. Decided to go with the XTR this last go around and guess what....i just purchased another set of XT brakes this past week. Love em

Unanswered Question

what pads do I order to replace the stock pads that come with these brakes? The XTR Trail pads (Shimano XTR Trail (F01A) Resin) or XTR Trail (F03C) Metallic? Or other? Why is this information so hard to come by?

Unanswered Question

Would these levers be comparable with a 2013 X9 shifter or would I need a mismatch adaptor?

Are these the M-785-B or the earlier model?

Responded on

Hey Elliot B,
These M-785 are the I-Spec B version.

this item came with rear brake hose and pad ?

Responded on

Hey there,
These brakes come with pads included. The rear brake line measures 1700mm, and the front brake line measures 1000mm.

Would this shifter/brake combo work on a 9speed drive train.

Responded on

These are just the brakes (lever and caliper), the shifter is sold separately. Yes, they will work with a 9 speed drivetrain.

5 5

Set it and forget it

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Having replaced Avids with these, Shimano once again proves XT to be $ for $ the best value and performance one can buy. These things are the bomb. They have greater power, articulation, and tool free adjustability than any Avid, Magura, or Formula brake I have used.

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?

Responded on

The front brake line is about 1000m in length.

Best Answer Responded on

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?

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

Responded on

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.