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Item # SHI000G

All the thrills.

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.

  • 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

Tech Specs

Actuation:
hydraulic (Servo-Wave)
Mount Type:
post mount
Claimed Weight:
One Color, Left/Front: 315gOne Color, Right/Rear: 315g
Pre-Bled:
yes
Caliper:
2-piece forged aluminum
Lever:
aluminum
Lever Adjustability:
reach (tool free)
Rotor:
not included
Recommended Use:
mountain biking
Manufacturer Warranty:
2 years
Fluid:
Shimano mineral oil

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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.

gmcbride@backcountry.com

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?
Thanks.

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.