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Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 Disc Brake

Average User Rating: (Spectacular)
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    Featured Review

    “Light, durable, and strong”

    The Good: Great lever feel.

    The Bad: Expensive for recreational riding.

    Overall Review:

    I have been riding these brakes for over a year now. I have since swapped bikes, and had to move these brakes to my new ride. Just need to replace the hose for the rear, quick bleed, and back out riding.

    I love the instant engagement of the race brake vs. the xtr trail brake. They are plenty strong for my type of riding, XC racing. Even so, I have taken them to North Carolina mountains and never felt brake fade on 4 mile descents. The new ICE Tech rotors are no joke. Lower running temperature means more stopping power/no fade. Best upgrade to any bike.

    One change I have made to the stock brakes are the pads. They came with resin pads. I have since added Metallic pads with the radiator fins. I like instant engagement, and the new metallic pads also add a ton of bite.

    XTR is quite pricey, but I promise any Shimano brake, SLX or XT brakes will have the same power. More reliable power means you will be able to go faster.

    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry


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    Miscellaneous XTR RaceUnderpowered brakes lead to defensive riding technique and, ultimately, to slower lap times. Enter the new XTR Race brake, which encourages racers to attack technical downhill sections with confidence, leaving the competition squealing and squawking in the dust.How? First off, they produce 110 percent of the power of their predecessors while shedding precious grams at the same time, so theyre as viable a race-bike pick as ever. Throw in ergonomically re-engineered lever pivots and XTR Race lays on that power with single-finger effort.The key factor for racers is confidencethe confidence to win, and the confidence to lay off the brakes, knowing they'll be there when they're needed, every time.Levers:With ten percent more power than the previous XTR brake, the sleek new XTR Race lever has been ergonomically redesigned for a versatile fit on the handlebars, superior feel at the fingertips and unsurpassed function on the race course. * 110% power rating * Shorter, 13-millimeter brake lever with more efficient pivot location (1.5 finger) * Integrated barrel reservoir design * Hinge-clamp mounting bracket * High-power hose for consistent performance * Combine with i-spec bracket to reduce handlebar clutter * Resin pad compound with alloy backing plate (standard)Calipers:When coupled with the XTR Race lever the new forged one-piece M985 caliper delivers a balance of light weight and power that resists performance-sapping heat better than ever before thanks to an industry-first full-ceramic piston. * One piece forged post mount caliper * Oversized ceramic piston (opposed 2-piston type) * Aluminum banjo hose fittingApproximately 220 grams for the rear (lever, caliper, and hose)Uses Shimano Mineral OilIncludes lever, caliper and hosePost mount calipers
    Price $206.46
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry