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Shimano XT SL-M8000 11 Speed Shifter

Item #: SL212A04
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Shimano XT SL-M8000 11 Speed Shifter

Shimano XT SL-M8000 Shifter

A new generation of XT Deore calls for new 11-speed compatible shifters. The SL-M8000 Shifter is simple and easy to use. With Shimano’s multi-release design, the new triggers offer 20% lower shift effort, accurate indexing, new ergonomics with longer levers and an optimized slant design. The shifters have textured levers for an anti-slip operation for consistent shifting.

Shimano XT SL-M8000 Shifter Features:

  • 20% lighter rear shifts
  • RD new shadow design with optimized slant design
  • Longer lever body
  • Consistently stable shifting
  • New shift cable with new hyper low-friction coating technology
  • Anti-slip on main lever thumb operation


  • Deore XT series
  • Rapidfire Plus shift lever type
  • 11-speed compatible
  • Instant release
  • Multi-release
  • Removable optical gear display
  • Shift cable casing: OT-SP41
  • New low friction shift cable
4.8 / 5.0
129 Reviews
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Shimano used bum grease on this shifter!
Shimano has applied some kind of grease that has gummy waxy qualities to this shifter. I have ordered two of these clamp style M8000 shifters. Both shifters (rear) stopped working almost immediately after installation. The grease used causes the shifting internals to bind-up.

The I-spec II design uses a different grease and doesn't have the same issues described above.
January 4, 2016
New Jersey
Upgraded to this from older XT. Also did the cassette and derailleur. Everything works flawlessly. Pretty easy to install with some basic tools. My repair skills are novice at best too. Coolest feature is the smaller trigger which if pressed forward two clicks, the bike up shifts twice(faster speed). Find myself using it a lot.

PROS: Lightweight, Attractive Design, Easy To Install
October 28, 2015
New Hampshire
Great product
I use this on the rear mech and love the visual indicator when bombing downhill followed by an uphill allowing one to quickly view what gear one is in verses a Oh No! Lol excellent shifting.
January 11, 2017
1 year ago
Moreno Valley, CA
Smooth Shifting Action
This shifter works perfectly with the XT rear derailleur and 11-42 cassette. The shifting is smooth and light. I hate the clunky feeling of SRAM, so I was very happy when Shimano finally put this on the market.

PROS: Easy To Install, Attractive Design

CONS: Limited Compatibility
November 22, 2015
Phoenix, AZ
Very clean shifting. I was an XTR guy but with the high prices and.minimal weight loss seems I couldn't justify it. I'm extremely pleased with these.
August 11, 2016
Nice shifter that integrates well with Shimano brake levers
Matches perfectly with Shimano brake levers and can even leave the shifter indicator with the brakes inboard unlike previous versions.
August 13, 2016
Portland, OR
Great buy
The product arrived next day which was awesome.
October 2, 2016
San Diego
Solid piece and easy to install.
Solid piece and easy to install. First ride was a 30 mile Mtb ride on sloppy trails and it held its own.
May 10, 2017
4 months ago
great precise shifter
First i must say this shifter came as a full retail Kit! awesome! included everything to upgrade your shifter in a presentation box.has all the cable grubs sealing boots as well as a new complete cable housing long enough to upgrade the old semi covered cable to a fully enclosed cable housing.
August 21, 2017
1 month ago
I like my shifting extra crispy, like my chicken
Blown away by the strength of this shifter! I have had Zero problems with my 1x11 setup or getting the chain onto the "big cog " of my cassette for those dreaded climbs. The ability to shift multiple gears at once depending on how hard you press the lever is just amazing and a game-changer to me. I heard the XT shifter feels slightly more powerful and crisp than SLX due to better internal spring mechanism. Good shifting is very important so XT shifter is worth the extra cost over SLX for me
July 12, 2017
11 months ago
Cleveland, Oh

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Does this come with the cover to remove the display? There's a review that says no and one that says yes only two weeks apart from each other.
psyguy on Apr 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: mine came with a cover last week
Is this right hand?
BW on Apr 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The right / rear shifter is on the right side. Front shifter is on the left side.
Do I need to purchase the OT-SP41 cable separately or is it included with this shifter?
Jared S on Apr 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: you need purchase separately,SP41, the shifter included only the inner cable
Is this shifter compatible with road-style 11-spd rear derailleurs, specifically Ultegra? Looking for a suitable shifter with indicator for flat bar use.
Deadlaker on Oct 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I think that you would be better off either using a mountain bike rear
derailleur or using a road shifter like the Shimano Alfline:
How many up and downshifts can the rear shifter make at a time?
trance275 on Jun 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I always get my upshifts and downshifts confused, but...
It can shift 4 or so cogs at once in the "getting easier" direction and 2 in the "getting harder" direction.
How do you set it up as double vs triple mode?
Bigscience on Jun 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is just the shifter for the rear derailleur, so it doesn't care how many chainrings you have. For a double chainring setup, you'll need a 2 ring front derailleur. I don't believe there is an XT level triple ring front derailleur.
I still have a nine sprocket cassette . Can this be adjusted to work with it?
Dane C on Sep 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. Derailleur, and shifter must match cassette cog count.
Does a 11 speed shifter mount on a sl-m785 brake?
JimDtheCaptain on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They are different I-spec standards, so no. You will have to mate them with the 7000, 8000 or ,9000 series brakes which carry the I-spec II standard. The 785's were I-Spec B, if memory serves correctly. Also, it looks like Jenson does not carry the I-Spec shifters at the moment.
Does this shifter come with a standard bar mount option or is it i-spec only?
philneu on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Bar mount only! You have to specifically order the I-Spec version for brake lever mounting.
Is this shifter bar mount? I'm considering upgrading my 2014 Giant Trance 27.5 2 with 2x10 Shimano Deore shifters to a 1x11 Shimano SL M8000 kit. I'm leaving the Shimano M505 Brake Leversas is (they are bar mount as well). So will this work with what I have??

Trent on May 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It definitely will, you just have to install it the same way you have your current Deore shifter. It's now shown in the picture, but the clamp is right besides the visual indicator.
this is I-Spec B right
peter7ee on Apr 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, the M8000 components do not come in an I-Spec B option. This is the standard bar mount. There are M8000 I-Spec II shifters available, but those are not compatible with I-Spec B.
Hello!. Is this shifter a clamp on style or a i-spec II type?
dbrandani on Apr 20, 2016
Hello! can i mount this shifter to the handlebar? or is this the one that i have to set to my xt 2016 break?
Santi on Apr 20, 2016

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