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Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake

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XTR Trail
Riding 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 effort—leaving 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 fitting

Approximately 250 grams for the front (lever, caliper, and hose)

Uses Shimano Mineral Oil
Includes lever, caliper, and hose
Post mount calipers

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake
 
4.8

(based on 24 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (15)
  • Easy to install (6)
  • Durable (5)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Easy to use (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (9)
    • Mountain bikes (6)
    • Upgrade (3)
    • XC (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (10), Competitive cyclist (4)
      • Cycling Style:
      • Speed oriented (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (17)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    I couldn't ask for anything more...

    I've installed these onto a Cannondale Rush Carbon with 650b mod. I've used a lot of great brakes over the years, most recently I was running Magura Marta SL (180/160) and was...Read complete review

    I've installed these onto a Cannondale Rush Carbon with 650b mod. I've used a lot of great brakes over the years, most recently I was running Magura Marta SL (180/160) and was overall very happy with them--lightweight, powerful, simple and reliable. No adjustability, though, and that made for tedious setup (bleeding and bleeding again).These XTRs were a snap to bleed (with the funnel tool and a syringe) and they are POWERFUL. Somehow, modulation is also amazing so controlling this power is a wonderful experience. I'm using XT IceTech rotors (160/160) and these have significantly more power than the Marta SL setup with 180/160. Much better modulation, too. I don't know how they did it... but these are the best brakes I've ever used. I can't imagine anything better (I wouldn't know what to ask for). Could always be lighter, but these things are already [*] light. I think further weight savings would be the only way to improve upon this perfect brake. The added cost over XT might be hard to justify as performance is likely identical. I feel as though I paid for impeccable build quality as well as excellent fit and finish. If you're on the fence, don't be. Pull the trigger and buy them.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    NOT I SPEC COMPATIBLE

    I received one brake lever (left) that is compatible with the XTR shifters, but the right one is I spec B and this Lever is NOT compatible with the M980 shifters. This meant...Read complete review

    I received one brake lever (left) that is compatible with the XTR shifters, but the right one is I spec B and this Lever is NOT compatible with the M980 shifters. This meant that I could not install my rear shifter set.
    Jenson refused to help me and I had to order the correct part from another retailer. Do not deal with these guys. Poor customer service!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best ever

    By Todd

    from Ontario, Canada

    About Me Avid Cyclist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Feel
    • Simple Setup

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Bikes

      Comments about Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake:

      Once installed the early rides have been great, the modulation is so much better than what I was using before (Avid X0) I was blown away. Riding on the snow/ice make this so critical, the confidence has definitely improved.

      Trimming the lines to proper length is easy and unintimidating thanks to Shimano's design and simple bleed methods. All the parts and tools are included.

      The feel is amazing, which makes the high cost easier to swallow...

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product again and again

      By wgy

      from phoenix, az

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Bikes

      Comments about Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake:

      love these brakes.....

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      NOT I SPEC COMPATIBLE

      By Rudolph

      from South Africa

      About Me Competitive Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake:

            I received one brake lever (left) that is compatible with the XTR shifters, but the right one is I spec B and this Lever is NOT compatible with the M980 shifters. This meant that I could not install my rear shifter set.
            Jenson refused to help me and I had to order the correct part from another retailer. Do not deal with these guys. Poor customer service!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Worth the $$$

            By Mike Hunt

            from Rancho Cucamonga, CA

            About Me Casual/ Recreational

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Mountain Bikes

              Comments about Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake:

              These brakes replaced the Formula brakes that came stock with my bike. The Formulas squeal when braking making an embarrassing sound, which made me try not to brake too much.

              Replacing the brakes actually helped me go faster because I know when I hit the brakes, the stopping power will be there, without the embarrassing sound.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              A worthy upgrade.

              By woody

              from St. Louis

              About Me Avid Cyclist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Efficient Construction
              • Lightweight
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Bikes

                Comments about Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake:

                These brakes are great. It has taken a couple of rides to get everything set. Powerful, lightweight, and a great design. On my previous systems the rear brake has always been a touch off in power and would not have a firm feeling in their actuation. Not with these. The progression of power applied to the rotors is just how I like my brakes to feel. Very progressive with firmness at the end of the stroke.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Best Brakes I've Owned

                By MTB Bandit

                from Colorado

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to install
                • No Brake Fade
                • Quiet Powerful

                Cons

                • Pricey

                Best Uses

                • Mountain Bikes

                Comments about Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake:

                Over the years, I've upgraded from mechanical disc brakes to hydraulic. My last bike came stock with Avid 5 brakes which were prone to fade on descents. After installing the Shimano XTR M988s, I was astonished at how much more braking power I had (without any braking noise). Additionally, the ergonomic brake levers facilitated one-fingered braking; something I found difficult to train myself to do with longer, heavier levers. Overall, the best set of brakes I've owned so far.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great stopping power

                By avidMtber

                from Washington State

                About Me Avid Cyclist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Long Rides
                  • Mountain Bikes

                  Comments about Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake:

                  The XTR Trail brakes have outstanding stopping power. My setup includes the IceTech 180mm rotors on an all-mountain Specialzied rig. Riding in Washington, it is wet weather riding most of the year and these brakes delivery awesome stopping power even in the wettest, sloppiest conditions. Easily descend a steep 500-1000ft trail with no signs of brake fade. I have yet to find the point where these brakes fail to deliver predictable stopping. This is a product that has exceeded my expectations and lived up to all the XTR hype. I would highly recommend these brakes to any aggressive all-mountain or xc rider. By far, one of the best upgrades for my bike.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  You get what you pay for.

                  By weekend warrior come out and play.

                  from orange county, CA

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • A Bit Pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Mountain Biking
                  • Upgrade

                  Comments about Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake:

                  Responsive, great modulation, and heat dissapation. I had the brakes for about a month now. Works great and no leaks in the brake lines although many complained about this.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  4.0

                  You get what you pay for.

                  By Weekend Warrior come out and play.

                  from Orange county, CA

                  About Me Avid Cyclist

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attractive Design
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake:

                      Very responsive, great modulation, and heat dissapation. A bit expensive, but well worth it.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      An excellent upgrade

                      By olslorolr

                      from Pacific Northwest

                      About Me Casual/ Recreational

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Easy To Install
                      • Excellent Modulation
                      • Excellent Stopping Power

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Casual Riding
                        • Mountain Biking
                        • Rip Downhill Confidently
                        • Upgrade

                        Comments about Shimano XTR Trail BR-M988 Disc Brake:

                        I upgraded my rotors from 180/160 to 203/180 in conjunction with these brakes. I feel like I have twice the stopping power compared to my OE Shimano brakes. I can't imagine another upgrade being more impressive.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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