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Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake

Average User Rating: (Spectacular)
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    “best brakes ever”

    The Good: power, 1 finger ease, lever feel, weight, look

    The Bad: absolutely nothing

    Overall Review:

    IMO the best brakes money can buy for your mountain/trail riding rig. Some people dont like how they feel on/off when you pull the lever but they are just used to not stopping. I have rode various types of brakes from X0's, Hopes, V-brakes (haha), X9's, etc and these are simply they most reliable, easy to service, and not to harsh on the wallet. I will be willing to try different brakes on other peoples bikes but on mine you will only find shimano. These are consistent through desert high heat, mtn snow low heat, rainy day mud rides you name it.

    Once you learn how to use these brakes with the on/off feel and make your approaches to corners you dont need modulation. Combine these with the icetec rotors you have stopping power all day. At one point I thought they were yelling something but that was my wife so far these are noise free.

    Now if they can get the 1x system down thats another story.

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


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    Miscellaneous XTR TrailRiding comfortably at speed requires an unconscious, intuitive confidence in your machine. It requires knowing that whatever conditions you come across your brakes will be ready and able to deliver reliable control in any situation.Say hello to XTR Trail brakes, and say goodbye to compromise. The integration of Servo-Wave brake-boosting technology into an XTR-level brake generates gobs of lightweight stopping power (125 percent of the previous XTR benchmark, to be exact) that can be precisely rolled on and off with single-finger effortleaving a better grip on the bar.With industry-first full ceramic caliper pistons, radiator-fin-backed brake pads to shed performance-sapping heat, and innovative IceTech aluminum-core rotors(sold separately)to even further keep heat buildup at bay, these all-new brakes maintain cool, quiet performance under fire.As the most powerful and most controllable XTR-level brake of all time, XTR Trail absolutely assassinates wide-open descents with uncanny consistency, delivering more confidence than ever before.Levers:The new XTR Trail lever delivers big power. As the first XTR lever equipped with Servo-Wave, riders can precisely control 25 percent more power with highly-adjustable and responsive one-finger braking. * 125% Power rating * Short-stroke Servo-Wave mechanism for quick engagement * Tool-free reach-adjust * Free stroke adjustment * Shorter, wider 14-millimeter brake lever with more efficient pivot location * Hinge-clamp mounting bracket * High-power hose for uncompromising performance * Combine with i-spec bracket to reduce handlebar clutter * Metal pad compound with Radiator backing plate (standard)Calipers:Whether coupled with the XTR Race or the XTR Trail 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 and optional Ice Technology radiator brake pads. * One piece forged post mount caliper * Oversized ceramic piston (opposed 2-piston type) * Aluminum banjo hose fittingApproximately 250 grams for the front (lever, caliper, and hose)Uses Shimano Mineral Oil Includes lever, caliper, and hosePost mount calipers
    Price $156.97
    Vital MTB Retail Partners:
    Chain Reaction Bicycles Jenson U.S.A. Competitive Cyclist Backcountry