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Item # SHI003W

High-end race brakes in a trail-ready package.

The primary difference between these XTR M9020 Trail Brakes and their Race-oriented brethren is the presence of the Servo-wave Cam. In the race brakes, Shimano decided the weight savings outweighed the benefit of a tightly-controlled braking path, but knew that in downhill, enduro, or trail-oriented applications, that super-defined path would be a welcome feature for riders who depend on their brakes to keep them out of the trees.

At first glance, they don’t appear that different from the previous generation, but you can’t judge a book by its cover. The caliper and master cylinder are now magnesium, and the levers are carbon fiber. Shimano’s also made a number of small improvements to manage heat buildup better, but recommends the new Freeza rotors for maximum performance with these brakes.

The new M9020 brake levers are also compatible with the latest generation of Shimano's I-Spec design, I-Spec II. If you've got a pair of I-Spec II shift levers, you can save valuable cockpit real estate by mounting both the shift and brake levers with one clamp.

  • Magnesium caliper and master cylinder
  • Carbon fiber brake lever
  • Refined braking engagement
  • Improved heat management

Tech Specs

Lever:
carbon fiber with aluminum skeleton
Lever Adjustability:
yes
Actuation:
hydraulic
Mount Type:
post
Fluid:
Shimano mineral oil
Pre-Bled:
yes
Rotor:
not included
Actual Weight:
One Color, Front: 250g
Recommended Use:
trail, all-mountain, freeride, enduro
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years

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Shimano Product Fail

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have a pair of these (XTR Trail BL-M9020), and they are horrible.

One, they’re afflicted with the "WANDERING BITE POINT" issue (well-said, Justin B). With that, rotor pad rub comes and goes. I’ve spent much time and money trying to resolve this, but no-go. This is quite frustrating, and dangerous.

Two, the “Free stroke adjustment” screw accomplishes nothing.

I too will be taking this up with CC and/or Shimano.

Wandering bite point and bad piston ret

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

So I have been riding XTR brakes for ever. These appear to be faulty or something. I have bled them a 1000 times and the engagement on the brakes moves. It is terribly inconsistent and the piston often don't retrace. Every ride I have to adjust the caliper so they are not rubbing the rotor. Not sure what happened here Shimano.

were these the M9020 or the M9000? I have the M9000 and they are so bad that I'm thinking about getting the M9020

Mine were the 9020. I sent them to Shimano and they sent me a new set. Turn around was fast. New set seems to not suffer from the issue.

Have had the exact same problem and so have many others. Honestly think this is a manufacturer defect which is very unlike Shimano. Should be recalled until fixed. Will be discussing options with Competitive.

Unanswered Question

Can the brake levers be switched ("moto style"), as in left lever-rear brake, right lever - front brake WITHOUT a bleed?

Best Goodest.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

You know how Shimano makes nice brakes? These are the best ones. Even the most affordable Shimano brakes are powerful, quiet, an reliable, but the XTR M9020 brakes have the best finish, and additional features to keep them cool (and when it comes to hydraulic brakes, cool is strong) Pair them up with the SM-RT99 "Freeza" rotors, and get finned cooling surfaces on the rotors, caliper bodies, and pads. That's a lot of surface area to dissipate heat! XTR caliper bodies are also one piece, rather than 2 pieces bolted together, so they are a bit stronger. The m9020 levers feel great under the hand. The dimpled surface noticeably increases grip, even with gloves on.

As with with any new disc brakes, bu sure to take some time to "bed in" the rotors and pads before hitting the trail with several long controlled stops from moderate speed. This will ensure that material from the pads deposits evenly on the rotors and keeps things quiet for a long time!

Best Brake Ever!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The new XTR Trail brakes are hands down the best brake I have ever used. They are stiff, well modulated, and all of shimano's cooling technology really keeps the system running well even when braking heavily for long duration.

Best Brake Ever!

What is the hose length on the XTR M9020 Trail pre-bled rear brake ??

The un-cut hose length for the rear brake is 1700mm and the front is 1000mm.

Solid Stoppers

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

The new XTR M9020s are pretty rad. They have the same stopping power and modulation that we all love about Shimano brakes but with fancy bits like a carbon lever.



My one issue with the M9020s is the lack of an effective stroke adjustment. There's a small screw on the master cylinder to adjust free stroke, but it doesn't seem to do much, if anything.



Even without the stroke adjust though, the XTR Trails are still my favorite brakes.



Also, I'm sure this isn't warranty-friendly (so tread lightly!) but if you find yourself without the Shimano "funnel" bleed kit, the two syringe Avid kit will work with XTRs if you remove the threaded fitting from one syringe and the plunger from the other.

Solid Stoppers

Jeff,

Darn straight about the free stroke, it barely does anything, kinda frustrating.

You're also right about the Avid syringes. They will work in a pinch, just make sure there's ZERO dot fluid left over in them, if any of that gets into the mineral oil system in the shimanos it will destroy the seals inside pretty darn quick.

That being said, the funnel is like 6 bucks.