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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

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

Responded on

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.

Unanswered Question

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?

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
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...

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

Best Answer Responded on

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?

Responded on

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.

Responded on

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

How long is the hydraulic
hose for front...

How long is the hydraulic
hose for front and rear?

Best Answer Responded on

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...

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

Responded on

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...

do these come with pads? if so which ones?

Best Answer Responded on

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

Are these i-spec-B or A?

Are these i-spec-B or A?

Best Answer Responded on

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...

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

Best Answer Responded on

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.