Good gets better.
Shimano’s SLX groupset has been celebrated as the everyday rider’s groupset since it was released, so when Shimano announced news of a full revamp, the company immediately piqued our interest. Introducing both functional and aesthetic upgrades, Shimano redefined what’s expected of a workhorse groupset. We’d be thrilled to spec a new do-it-all trail frame with a one-by SLX drivetrain, adding the Shimano SLX BL-M7000 Disc Brake to give us the reassurance that we’ll have long-lasting stopping power for every unknown situation we can’t help but dive into.
Taking inspiration from its pricier XT and XTR drivetrains, Shimano aimed to shave weight and enhance responsiveness with the BL-M7000. Sure, older SLX brakes functioned well enough, but these have been cleaned up to function even closer to their pricier siblings. They’ll still weigh more than XT, but the gap has been narrowed without a matching increase in price.
A more streamlined master cylinder saves weight on the main caliper body, while slimmer clamps reduce clutter on the bars. Shimano revisited its Servo Wave cam system when updating the levers, making subtle alterations to improve power and responsiveness when you squeeze them fast ahead of a steep, unexpected switchback. Though they are not included with this brakeset, the Centerlock rotors weren’t spared the wave of Shimano’s wand, returning with an alloy carrier and new shape that enables them to more efficiently dissipate heat.
- Revamped brakes improve stopping power for off-road pursuits
- New aesthetics match sleek SLX redesign
- Streamlined design saves bar space and overall weight
- Updated lever technology brings more powerful responsiveness
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Reviews & Community
Great but check your weight
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Great feel and powerful for trail. However if you have long descents and your over 220lbs or so I would make the jump up to zee or saint. The fade is totally manageable but you'll find yourself riding cautiously on the latter part of a long descent.
Great entry level brakes
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fantastic braking power. Good ergonomics. The knob on the lever makes on the fly adjustments easy. Same quality performance you'd expect from Shimano components.
I saw on a few websites that these are i-spec ii or b. Does that mean they come with two mounts or is that just a mistake?
They are very good brakes. Great stopping power, but not much modulation - all or nothing. The shape of the brake levers contoured to your fingers well for comfort and control. The heat sinks on the calipers did their job of dispersing the built up heat. But, if you plan to do long descents, I recommend purchasing the XT Ice Tech rotors, which are compatible with 6-bolt hubs.