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Shimano XTR BR-M985 Race Disc Brake

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XTR Race
Underpowered 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 they’re 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 confidence—the confidence to win, and the confidence to lay off the brakes, knowing theyll be there when theyre 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 fitting

Approximately 220 grams for the rear (lever, caliper, and hose)
Uses Shimano Mineral Oil

Includes lever, caliper and hose
Post mount calipers

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Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 Disc Brake
 
4.8

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (5)
  • Attractive (4)
  • Durable (4)
  • Easy to install (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mountain biking (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid cyclist (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Reviewed by 8 customers

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    5.0

    Worth the price

    By Joe

    from Aspen, Colorado

    About Me Collegiate/Pro

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Bikes

      Comments about Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 Disc Brake:

      Best brakes on the market better than magura because they are much more durable, lots of free stroke that can't be adjusted unless you push out the pistons manually

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Great Brakes!

      By Biker Chic

      from Park City, UT

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy To Install
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • No Rotors

      Best Uses

      • Mountain Biking
      • Racing

      Comments about Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 Disc Brake:

      I switched from Avid XO brakes that came on my new bike after 3 rides and these are a huge improvement. The have great modulation and stop smoothly. I also love the shorter brake levers, they allow for 1 finger operation and are dimpled. The only downside is that you have to buy adapters and rotors, as they do not come with them. I used the problem solver adapters to mount my XO shifters to the brake and they worked flawlessly.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Best XC brake currently available.

      By Limba

      from Canada

      About Me Avid Cyclist

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Easy To Install
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking
        • Racing

        Comments about Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 Disc Brake:

        I don't think there is a better xc brake than this. The only thing better would be the new XTR that is coming soon.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        prebled brake cable for an 18 wheeler...

        By mike

        from nj

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design

        Cons

        • Difficult To Install

        Best Uses

        • Mountain Biking

        Comments about Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 Disc Brake:

        I ordered the prebled system to make it easier but they have so much extra cable on it that it seems like its for a tandem...... Sooooo I get to chop it down and bleed them. Thereby negating the reason I bought the prebled......

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        True 1 finger braking!

        By Bmoha

        from Madison, WI

        About Me Avid Cyclist

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Beautiful
        • Durable
        • Easy To Install
        • Lightweight
        • SEXY

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Mountain Biking

          Comments about Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 Disc Brake:

          I rode the heck out of these at Rays Indoor mountain bike park on my first ride and they blew my mind! I am 275 pounds and I never had to use more than one finger per brake lever. These are some serious binders! I have XTR Race brakes front and rear. These brakes shocked me! The little divets on the brake lever really grip your fingertips!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Quiet stopper

          By HiC

          from Valencia, CA

          About Me Avid Cyclist

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Mountain Biking

            Comments about Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 Disc Brake:

            Finally a well made front disc brake that I don't have to listen to every time I stand in the pedals. Even when braking it is whisper quiet.

            • Cycling Style:
            • Speed Oriented
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            Good Stoppers

            By Ms. Piggy Bike owner

            from Las Vegas, NV.

            Pros

            • Easy Set Up
            • Low fade
            • Sharp looking
            • Stopping power

            Cons

            • nothing really

            Best Uses

            • DH
            • Trail
            • XC

            Comments about Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 Disc Brake:

            I use these brakes on a Ellsworth Rogue with 7 inch rotors and race downhill with them. Plain and simple the best brakes I have used yet.

             
            4.0

            Stooooooop

            By DH Adam

            from Little Mountain QLD

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to service
            • Fast
            • Good Stopping
            • Responsive

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Cross country

            Comments about Shimano XTR Race BR-M985 Disc Brake:

            The Shimano Brakes are brilliant brakes and reasonably cheap for what you get, they are really easy to service and have next to no faults.

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