The Shimano XT BR-M785 disc brake is lighter and more compact than ever -- and has more braking power. Short stroke Servo-Wave mechanism delivers quick pad engagement and plenty of power for controlling aggressive speed. Combine it with an appropriately sized Ice-Tech rotor for optimum braking performance to match any riding style.
Shimano tells us the I-Spec mount on the XT BR-M785B brake is new and improved. If you buy the new XT BR-M785B and plan on using Shimano's I-Spec single clamp system you'll need to make sure you're using the new version of the I-Spec bracket which can be found here: Shimano XT SM-SL78-B I-Spec Brackets
Don't forget to pick up some new Rotors to get the most out of your XT Brakes!
Compatible Brake Lever
Hydraulic Fluid Type
74mm Post Mount
Rotor Size Compatibility
160mm, 180mm, 203mm
300g (front), 315g (rear)
I have been considering upgrading my brakes for a while now. I am so glad I did. These brakes work amazingly well. I upgraded form a cable set to these and the difference is night and day. They are so smooth and amazingly powerful. I never have to wonder if I can stop now. My only concern is keeping my bike under me as I am used to grabbing a full handful on the brakes. Best upgrade I have made thus far!
These brakes definitely live up to the Shimano XT reputation, and then some! I switched to these brakes after using Avid Elixers for a number of years. They Shimano XTs provide noticeably more stopping power, and have equal modulation. I experienced less brake fade as well, and on top of all that, I found that the pads lasted longer than the Avids. I use the finned metal pads, which are great! I think these pads (over the non-finned offerings) contribute to the longevity and lack of fading. (I also use the Ice-tech rotors, which may help as well.) These brakes are super quiet, even with the metal pads; I've never had a problem with squeaking or howling. Additionally, the XT brakes are easier to bleed than the Elixers. As far as the levers go, I like the feel of them. The reach adjust is helpful for getting the lever in the correct position. The free stroke adjustment, however, seems useless. It doesn't seem to make any difference no matter how it was adjusted. This is my only complaint about the brakes. All in all, they are great brakes.
My remedy came stock with juices 5, so I thought I give them a try. After one season they were done for. I upgraded to these xt brakes, Wow what a difference, amazing stoping power and so easy to bleed.
If someone wants a brake upgrade, these are always my first recommendation. Price, performance, and ergonomics are all right in that sweet spot. Shimano really dropped the microphone with this one.
I used to be a die-hard Hayes fan. I had tried Shimano disc brakes when they first came out, and I was totally underwhelmed with the performance. After riding Hayes for many years, I started demoing new bikes, and most of them had Shimano disc brakes. Made me realize just how bad my brakes were. I first replaced them on my all mountain bike, then got another set for my "stupid" bike (it makes me do "stupid" things). They work great with 180mm rotors, or 203mm rotors. Great stopping power, incredible modulation, the ability to lock the wheels with a single finger all make for the perfect brake.
I upgraded my Scott Genius from Avid Elixirs to Shimano XT brakes front and rear with 180 mm Ice-Tech rotors and what an improvement! First, no more squeaks and squeals as I had with the Elixir pads and rotors. In addition, XT's modulation is exceptional matched by the power and dependability of its braking. I've used them for 3 years now in Morzine, Dolomites, Morocco, Zermatt, Chamonix and they haven't failed me yet!
Have them on all my bikes... They are the best plain and simple.
These are the best brakes I have ever tried I first got a set to replace some Avid BB7 on my Single Speed... After that I nevr looked back they are on all my bikes now.
Upgraded my disc brakes on my 29'er hard tail to these XT Brakes and I'm kicking myself in the ass for not doing it sooner. The best investment I ever did for my bike. Only need 1 finger now to stop. I've already converted some of my friends to change their brake set up and go with these.
Changed from some avid disk brakes which were constantly giving me problems where calipers would lock up on the disks. Got the Shimano XT, they were pre-bled and the hoses where slightly long on my 26 medium frame, but I just tie rapped the hoses down, so I did not have to cut and bleed them. The brakes work like a champ and I have had them now for over a year with no problems. If you are on Avid, do yourself a favor and switch.
I love these brakes. With a 180mm disk.
These are the best brakes I've ever used. After installing, I noticed the cables were to long for my bike and I bought the bleed kit so I can cut down the cables. Wow, these are the easiest brakes to bleed!! Well done Shimano. They are a bit more powerful than the previous brakes and can feel a bit grabby, but you'll be thankful once you get use to them.
Another great product from Shimano. I just installed a pair of these on my bike and they feel great. I had to shorten the hoses but had no problem bleeding them with the bleed kit I purchased. I don't know why the hoses are always so long.
Best brakes for an awesome price. The modulation is incredible. I combined them with ice tech rotors and got great brake feel. My old brakes had an off/on feel with too much lever travel. These ease on and off while cornering with just the right travel.
These brakes when paired with RT-86 XT Ice tech rotors and ice tech M985 cooling fin pads are seriously amazing! I cannot begin to describe the confidence these provide when blazing down a trail. The modulation is perfect in the front and the rears do the same but can grab just to the point of locking up but don't unless you absolutely want them to. I had some difficulty with the initial install when I contaminated the pads and rotors, This was remedied with some help from a blog on MTBR. Bleeding the rear was necessary but not too difficult. These babies are the quietest brakes I have ever had and hands down blow away any of the offerings from SR/\M I have used in the past. If you are on the fence, jump to the XT side and ride there happy and confident.......
Replaced an older pair of Avid's, night and day different. Not much more to say that everyone on here hasn't said already. Buy them you wont be disappointed!
best brakes for the price forget about the other brands shimano xy are the best brakes
This is by far the best disc break I've owned yet. cheep enough, easy to maintain and bleed and great breaking!
This brake has great modulation,power, and consistency. Pads last forever compared to most! I have bled them once in 2 years without any issues.(Avids I have to bleed every couple months) I ran many different Avid brakes over the years none could come close to these XTs. At this price these are a steel!!!!!!
Was in the market for a new set of brakes to replace my old avid juicys, and I gotta say these brakes blow avids out of the water. Huge difference, I'll never go back to Avids again!
I've been using Formula Hydraulic brakes for the past 4 years, they came on the Turner I purchased used. I've never been overly happy with them. After doing some research and asking a bunch of local riders I decided to give the XT's a try. Setup is super simple and the feel is awesome. I would recommend getting the bleed kit and a pair of cable cutters if you don't have them, wish I had. The lines are long and in my case they will need to be shortened and the system bled.
Best brakes period! Good quality, good price, easy maintenance. What more could you want?
Excellent brakes to upgrade the old ones and they look good Shimano ate the best brand forget the other ones
I love these brakes. Nice and smooth, don't grab. the pads are spaced nicely when open, wont drag on a reasonably straight rotor.
These brakes came on a used bike, but i was totally surprised at the consistency and controlled power you get with just 1 finger. I was even able to change to smaller rotors! XT is the most economical and reliable set of components out there.
I got the XT on super sale. Looks great and lighter than my doer brakes. The doere brakes were great but wanted to upgrade after trashing the doeres. I knew they come shipped with excess hose. Shortening the hose was challenge. Dealing with the olive and the little deal that goes into the hose was tough. After that I had to take them for bleeding. Either spend the money for the kit to do yourself or take to the shop and spend $15 bucks. Now I also had to deal with the "if you would have bought it from the LBS" guilt trip. Well, the lbs charges full msrp. forget that. Now that they are bled and the hose is shortened I am super happy with them.
I bought these brakes because they were supposed to awesome. The front brake squeals under hard braking when it gets heated up. So when you let off the brake the pads stay engaged with the rotor and make this horrible noise for about 10 to 15 seconds then it would stop. Then heat them up again under hard braking and the comes back again. So irritating. My buddy XT's did the same thing. Tried EVERYTHING to fix them. Changed the pads, rotor, wheel, axle, etc. I even returned the entire front brake and put on a new one. Still made noise. Pricepoint wouldn't take them back so I ended up selling them and taking a loss. Everyone says shimano brakes are so good but I don't agree. It was a nightmare.
I changed my avid elixir 1 because since new noise was annoying. If they would stop, but I couldn't stand the noise. I bought my XT shimano and they are wonderful. No more noises, and brake much better what was used. I love
Excellent power, low maintenance and extremely reliable.
Easy to install. Easy to shorten. Easy to bleed. Easy to change the pads on. Easy to adjust. Easy to stop with. This are hands down one of my favorite bike components, and they work fantastic. There's a very good reason these are so highly recommended by so many people.
On the past couple bikes I've built up, I've never considered anything but Shimano XT brakes. Simple to install and bleed, braking power for days, and ZERO issues in the 3+ years I've been using them. They need to be bled from time to time and pads replaced, but that's just normal maintenance. No squawking, howling, or warbling.
Purchased a complete set of XT M785-B disc brakes upgrading from Tektro Draco Hydraulics and such a difference in stopping power. My biggest challenge has been re-learning to feather and modulate with the XTs since I had to mash on the Dracos to get any stopping power. Truly one finger stopping with excellent power. Easy install and nice to look at. I highly recommend these as an upgrade!
I've tried Avid and Hayes and the Shimano XT beats them all. They have a really solid feel and are very quiet.
Installed these brakes on my Ellsworth Evolution SST2 to replace some Avid Elixir 5's and there is absolutely no comparison! These brakes have been perfection and I will eventually have them on all my bikes. I also have Avid Elixir 9 Trail brakes on another bike and they still don't perform as well as these XT brakes do. If you want to spend your time riding and not having to worry about bleeding and adjusting your brakes, then go with XT!
The XT brakes have both excellent feel and stopping power...although I've noticed my front starting to fade a little. Maybe time for a new set of pads.
Upgrade from SLX, best decision ever
These brakes are the best on the market in my experience. The very reliable and easy to maintain. Overall a great deal for the price. Definitely purchase these if you want the best quality.
Awesome feel and the power is an improvement over my Elixirs CR. Period!
Excelente XT best Stoping power i have tried...
Fantastic brakes. They are super easy to install and they just plain work. Great stopping power and modulation.
Last time I had hydraulics was on a 2005 Specialized Enduro, Avid 3's, and I hated them. After the second time going for a ride only to discover that the brakes were "frozen" or some other issue, I decided good old cables were the only way to go. Almost 10 years later, I decided to give another try, and I'm really glad I did. The Avid BB7 mechanicals I've been running are good, but the feel and stopping power of these is seriously insane. It takes so little force to slow or stop, and it's just a really solid, pleasant "feel." So long as they prove to be reliable, I imagine I will be very happy with these breaks. The look is cool, although I just bought a GT Anthem with stock Deore hydraulics, and I prefer the simple design and solid black of the Deore, but the XT has a noticeably upper level feel over the Deore. I also bought the ice tech 86 rotors, which feel very solid, and look really cool, they compliment the silver/black theme.
Avid blah blah blah Hayes blah blah blah ... Shimano brakes are untouchable for dependability and stopping power -- period. I race a bit of DH and Super D and my life depends on these. Would never consider switching, and XT or SLX are the best bang for the buck.
Great brakes. Lots of stopping power and easy to maintain. Definitely recommend them.
I have been a bike mech. for 20 years and have seen brakes come and go. These brakes are super easy to cut for proper hose length, super easy to bleed, and with the new xt rotors, they work incredible. I love the modulation and will probably get another pair for my downhill rig.
XT brakes are the best brakes for the money. They work great and are very reliable.
I think these brakes are a great improvement to any bike, at a good price. I had last generation (775's), and these are an upgrade from them. They are especially efficient with metal pads, and I do not find metal pads to be very noisy if they are lined up properly with rotors. So go for the metal pads! Bleeding is a bit trickier than last generation, but on the flip side, you can cut these hoses when new for a proper fit without needing to bleed (if you are careful). New kit came with extra olive and barb to cut to length, very convenient that Shimano includes $3 of parts for this instead of making you buy on your own. I am not a huge fan of 2 part rotors, so I set mine up with one piece Shimano steel rotors and they are great.
Believe all the good reviews. The XT brakes are easy to install (just google it for videos, pdf, etc.) and they simply work. I installed brakes, shortened pre-bled lines without additional bleeding and went for a ride in less than a couple of hours. Simply makes me wonder why I held onto the stock brakes that squealed after 5 minutes of riding. Stumpjumper Carbons should come stock with these brakes.
The control I have with the XT's is great. Can get a soft if sustained braking and disc heats up but that is with any brakes. Highly recommend
So much better than any Avid Brake I have used in the past. The XT brakes are unmatched in performance. True one finger braking with excellent modulation and NO NOISE! I"ve put 600mi on my first set so far, I liked them so much I have purchased a second set for my other bike.
I replaced elixer7 and these brakes are way better. I love the one finger levers and the modulation! These brakes have great feel and stay cool!
Solid brakes! I upgraded from my Avid Elixir 3s that came with my bike. They brake very well and are WAY MORE QUIET than those Avids. There is also no need any longer to "pump" the brakes to get them to grab when I need them to. They were not too difficult to install and I am very happy with this purchase. I highly recommend these Shimano XTs.
Easy installation/maintenance. Great stopping power. Servowave is a super nice feel, big improvement over the previous generation. Big bang for your buck!
Through these on my Jekyll to replace avid ElixrR's. These brakes have been perfect no complaints at all I actually like the more stiff lever feel of the Elixr's (when adjusted properly which is a real pain) but these have much better modulation and overall have more power but its slightly deceiving because of the great modulation. Great brakes with no complaints.
You would have do drunk or high to not love these brakes. They're surprisingly good and have amazing stopping power. You won't be disappointed.
I installed these on my bike as an upgrade to replace the oem Avids. These have much more stopping power with less pressure required. The modulation is fantastic. They don't squeal at all, even using my existing worn rotors. They were easy to install per the instructions. I had to shorten the cables and had no problems. I didn't even have to bleed them afterwards. These only come with one set of mounting screws for 160mm rotors. If you are using larger rotors, you'll need the adaptor and longer screws.
These (and the SLX brakes) are the new standard. I've run both on two different bikes. The XTs have a bit nicer finish, and a throw adjustment that the SLX setup lacks. Both are excellent. Dump your Avids, Maguras, Hayes and get these. They just work quietly and with a ton of power. They're well thought out. Having run my SLXs with Avid rotors, I definitely recommend pairing these with the Shimano Ice Tech rotors. They make a big difference!
These brakes are excellent. They are durable have great modulation and just an all around good brake for any trail riding.
XT Brakes... In one word - Great! Just ordered my second pair from the Price Point folks - smokin hot deal!! I have been riding in the dirt for 30+ years and these are an old mans dream come true. No fade, no lack of performance in muddy conditions...they just grab. No noise, no issues with maintaining these, easy to bleed like no big deal. I've watched the industry improve over the years but these XT's are flat out the best bang for the buck in the last 5 years. You can spend more if ya want to but why in the heck would you ? Grab these brakes - they'll stop ya when you need to stop! Stay Vertical out there and carry extra tubes for those that don't! Cheers. T. Espo
I ordered a left and right set of these brakes. I won't debate the quality of shimano's XT brakes, they are proven to be some of the best. I guess my review is more for Price Point as their price on these was unbeatable and their shipping very fast. Very impressed and thank you. B.
The XT brake is one of the best on the market. I'm going faster and braking later. Great feel and modulation. Go with the RP-86 rotors for heat dissipation. Great price and delivery from Price Point. Thanks guys!
These brakes are just absolutely great. Out of the box and mounted on your bike, they are rather easy to cut the cable to length and rebleed (like just pump the lever at minimum with screw lever screw removed). After a short break in period, the stopping power is unbelievable with little to no squealing. When paired with ICETech rotors, braking is almost like stopping on a dime.
Just bought my 2nd set, my 1st set went when I sold my old bike. The Hayes on my new bike just didn't compare, although newer and more expensive. Great power, 1 finger on the steepest descents, smooth, controllable.... I wish the brakes on my car were this good.
These things are so awesome! Lots of modulation goin on and so much stopping power! Get these, you won't regret it...
I had gotten fed up with trying to get my older xtr disc brakes to work in wet and muddy conditions, where I race it is often wet and muddy. I have had good luck with most brakes in dry, but wet/mud seem to be where good brakes stand apart from the others. I have put 5 races on these XTs this season, all in wet and muddy to really-wet and sloppy-muddy conditions, and these brakes just flat out work. After one race, I did get a 'soft lever' feel, but a bunch of mud and sand had built up around one of the caliper pistons, I removed the pads and hosed it out, -all better. I didn't give 5 stars because they are just a bit 'grabby' on the initial bite, and I couldn't find any good diy advice or videos about shortening the cables. If you want brakes that are not bothered by mud, these are it.
I bought these brakes because I started practicing XCO and needed safer and more reliable brakes. They are excellent and very light. I use 160 mm rotors and they work just fine for my bike.
Best brakes on the market. I love the lever feel and the modulation of these brakes. better rotor clearance than the several types of avid brakes I've used and are much easier to adjust, bleed and maintain
I recently bought a set of these brakes, front and rear.I did a lot of patient research, and the cost here at PricePoint is the best I have found anywhere. Also the feel of control with these is unmatched. I find myself going faster and faster now with the confidence that I can slow or stop over any terrain, at any speed. These brakes make me a better rider, no doubt. You won't find a better deal anywhere!
Have these on two different bikes and they work wonderful. After using Avid 7 brakes, these are like heaven. No more squealing. Good modulation. I took away a star because of the movement of the pads within the caliper. You don't notice it so much while riding, but it's there.
These replaced a set of Strokers on my sons race bike. The old brakes did not provide adequate stopping power and squealed like no other. It was not fun to be around him in hard braking. We live in the desert and brakes get very dusty. The xt brakes have been very quiet overall and rarely make noise. The stopping power is very good. Similar to the XTR trail brakes on my bike. I would buy these again and would recommend them to anyone looking to replace or upgrade their disc brakes.
Purchased these for an upgrade. Incredible improvement over my old Avid Elixir R SL. One finger stopping and great brake control! easy to install as well! Paired them with the shimano SM-RT68 rotors, 203, 180, rad combo!
Want to improve your riding ability and confidence? Put a set of Shimano XT's on your machine. Excellent modulation and stopping power! One finger control on the steepest downhill. These brakes ROCK. Easy to mount and super simple to cut lines to custom fit your frame needs. Best bang for your bucks in brakes.
Awesome brakes at a great price. Replaced my stock xt set with these guys and they feel like the xtr's on my crosscountry carbon stumpjumper. Highly recommended if your looking for awesome quality at a super great price
I have been dealing with Avid Elixir CR since I bought my bike. Constantly bleeding, adjusting the pads, different pads, etc. Just replaced them with the XT 785 brakes. What a positive difference ! Installed them in about 2-3 hours including cutting the line to shorten them. Just finished a 3+ hour ride with lots of ups/down and I now have confidence in diving into steep downhill turns because I have brakes that do not squeal, fade or disappear like the Avid's. The brakes have a positive feel with tremendous power (180 rotor in front, 160 rotor in rear- also added the Shimano Ice Rotors). No Noise. No Fade. Highly recommended !!
I bought these as a replacement for my Hayes Stroker Trail brakes. The Strokers never felt like they had enough bite, and being that i'm a bigger guy I had to use a death grip just to stop. The brake power on the new XT's is like night and day. Since I was so used to grabbing gobs of brake on my Strokers, I had to adjust to the insane bite on the XT's. Even though the XT's have insane bite, they still have excellent modulation. What I love about these brakes is the tool-less reach adjust, and the bite-point adjuster located on the lever. Overall best all-around brake on the market in my opinion!