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Look around at any trailhead, any race, or anywhere, and you’ll see a whole lot of Shimano XT Brakes. Why? They’re trusted, durable, powerful, and reliable—pretty much the holy grail of what is perhaps the most important component on your bike. Shimano designed the M785s to quickly reach the rotor, and then progressively modulate to give you the best control over your bike.

  • 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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Best brake system EVARRRRR!!!!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have two bikes that came with Deore brakes. When it came time to replace the crappy front brake on my trial bike, I went with XT because I'm familiar with the feel, and it has more (and easier) adjustment than the standard Deore system. The feel is very positive and confidence inspiring. The tool-less adjustment for reach is nice because I've had to make adjustments between rides with the Deore system. Not having to stop and get an allen wrench is nice. Haven't tweaked the free stroke adjustment because I haven't felt the need to.

price, performance, reliability...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

It's no secret, these are great bang for the buck brakes. I feel bad saying "bang for the buck", because they really are top performing brakes. Some may prefer the feel of a other brakes, but these things function superbly.

Sorry everyone else...

    Shimano still makes the best brakes on the market. These feel INCREDIBLE. I literally can't imagine a better brake. I've been riding a new set of XTs for a bit now and I'm floored. If your considering anything else, don't (SRAM, Magura, anything.) XTs are the best.

    Great Hassle Free Brake

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Easy to Install (as replacement to avid juicy 3's that had seized). Came pre-bled. Hose is a little long and I will have to trim it for the front brake but overall it works great and maintenance free so far.

    Nothing better

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    The latest Shimano XT brakes are hard to fault, with true one-finger operation whatever the conditions. Awesome, manageable power is combined with rotors and pads that kept on performing consistently. only small gripe is that running the levers very close to the grip exceeds the optimum leverage position of the cam – a XT lever without the cam, as found on the XTR Race brake, would be a 10/10 for me

    Amazing brakes!!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I crashed hard at Deer Valley and had to replace a brake. Never even considered replacing it with something else. These brakes just work. Easy to setup and install, great power and modulation. Just get them

    Stop Here!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you want brakes that perform, buy the XT brakes.
    I put them on my new (at the time) MTB XC bike in 2011, and still have them! They are just so reliable.
    When installed I paired with Goodridge Hydraulic Brake Lines and as such they haven't needed too much attention since.

    My third set

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I'm on my third straight bike that I built with XT brakes. They're easy to set up, low maintenance, have consistent power with good modulation, and the price is right compared to the XTR line. They've given me no reason to consider switching to another brake, and I don't hesitate to recommend them to anyone interested.

    Great brakes!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I put these on another bike last year. They have great stopping power. They are shiny, and stand out a bit. Also will likely need to trim the lines and possibly bleed slightly as the pre-assembled cables are quite long.

    the go to no brainer brakes

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    first off they just work great, next they are inexpensive, and finally they are very low maintenance, I think I just nailed why they are the most used brake around.

    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

    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.

    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 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.

    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.

    I have 2011 elixir 5's with 180 rotor. Is it a straight switch out for the rear

    Hey Keith,

    You would want to get new rotors to go along with the XT brakes since they have designed the system to work best with the IceTech rotors, but yes, you can use the standard adapters that are currently on your bike to bolt these brakes to.


    Trying to figure out what adapter I need. I have a 2012 Trek Superfly Al Elite. It has a Fox front fork but I'm not sure of the exact model. The bike came stock with Shimano SLX M666 disc brakes, so I'm not sure if the adapter would be universal to Shimano hydraulic disc 6-bolt brakes. Any ideas? Thx, R

    Do I need an adapter? I have an older (2008?) Gary fisher paragon with a rock shox Judy race fork. Also curious if it will work with my avid 160mm G2GS rotors?

    It looks like the question was answered below that pads come with this order. Can someone tell me if the pads are organic or metal -- assuming pads come with this?

    UPDATE: also, can someone let me know what type Shimano adapters, if any, I need for these? I have a 2014 Cannondale Scalpel 3. Front and back rotors are 180mm (I'm 6'4 and ~205lbs with gear). Current adapters are for Magura MT2.

    Thank you.

    Are the calipers ISO or post mount? I need to know what adapters I need (if any).

    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?

    Great questions.

    Both will work with these brakes. The organic pads resin pads work very well, but don't work quite as well as the metal pads for long hard descents. Regardless of which pads you choose, your brakes will still work exceptionally well.

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

    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.?

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

    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.