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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.

Tech Specs

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

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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?

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The front brake line is about 1000m in length.

gmcbride@backcountry.com

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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.

5 5

An avid Shimano fan

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I replaced the front brake on my Stumpjumper (Avid Elixir 5) with this brake and its great. Good stopping, lots of control, easy to install. I just ordered one to put on the rear wheel. Note: the brake felt a little soft on the first ride. The manual mentions that this happens. It tunes in early in the first ride and feels normal after that. If you're looking at this and the XTR I'd say go with this. Best bang for the buck.

are these the I-spec B?

Best Answer Responded on

The XT brakes in question are I-Spec B versions. brett@competitivecyclist.com

5 5

Best Brakes

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

For the money I don't know if you can find a better brake. Super powerful and a great lever feel. Very easy to bleed also. I would recommend these to anyone.

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.

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?

Responded on

Yes, these brakes can be run without an ispec shifter attached. They will clamp directly to the bar so you can use the shifter or your choice.

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 $$$.

Responded on

When you buy these brakes... Do they come with 2 brakes or just one? Let me know
Thanks

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.