Shimano XT Lever Brake Lever

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Shimano 96 XT Lever


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by peter gozenya a Cross Country Rider from butt

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2011

Strengths:    mainly the awesome 2 finger feel. they are pretty durable and take years of abuse

Weaknesses:    like any lever they can bend after crashing.

Bottom Line:   
I have had these for like 13 years now(probably 20-30,000miles) and they will probably go on my next bike until i can upgrade to hydraulics. modulation is amazing for a v-brake.

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Favorite Trail:   ohio

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $80.00

Purchased At:   local shop

Similar Products Used:   lx

Bike Setup:   1997 rockhopper a1 fs with lx/xt parts.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by TC316 a Weekend Warrior from CANADA

Date Reviewed: November 9, 2009

Strengths:    Lever curved perfectly for your fingers.
No play in levers. Very solid.
Fine tuning - nice feature.
Good price.
A Shimano product.


Weaknesses:    None so far.

Bottom Line:   
Love the feel of these levers compared to the stock Avid's. Also replaced Avid V-brakes with Shimano XT. I'm a Shimano guy and in my opinion you cannot go wrong with their products. Very happy with purchase. Who should buy these? Somebody who cannot afford XTR and somebody who still uses V brakes.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   EBAY

Similar Products Used:   Avid Levers

Bike Setup:   Gary Fisher Big Sur.
Judy XC.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:1
Submitted by tom a Cross Country Rider from Tucson

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2005

Strengths:    Nice looking

Weaknesses:    Heavy
Microadjustments
Expensive


Bottom Line:   
Nice looking brake levers but they're heavy (250g), the microadjustments are useless, and way too expensive for the quality. I bought them to complement my XT brake calipers (which are very nice) thinking they would be equal in quality. Yeah, I got suckered by the sales gimmicks and 'XT' logo. I replaced them with a pair of Cane Creek Direct curves that were 75g lighter, almost $50 cheaper & work just as well.
I wouldn't recommend them unless you can get them new for $40 or less.

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Favorite Trail:   Fantasy Island

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Avid, Cane Creek DC, Deore

Bike Setup:   Iguana with XT/XTR/Thomson Elite blah, blah, blah

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by XT user a Cross Country Rider from Sweden

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2003

Strengths:    Quite cheap, adjustment, it's xt

Weaknesses:    None so far...

Bottom Line:   
I got a pair of these for 20 bucks. And they are much better than the crappy tektro levers that came on my bike. Anyone who wants good performance for less money than xtr should buy these

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Favorite Trail:   singletrack

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $20.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Tektro crap

Bike Setup:   Upgraded Kona blast

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by james a Racer from london

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2003

Strengths:    changing mechanical advantage during use

Weaknesses:    on my third set after breakages

Bottom Line:   
I saw a lack of knowledge about the mechanical advantage gained by the roller on this website. you take out the plastic spacers and the roller moves down the lever as you pull it, increasing the mechanical advantage. you can set it up so that this only happens once the brakes hit the rim. result: incredible power and quick movement towards the rim or good rim clearance.

disadvantage is that its not cheap to have to replace them after you spin the bars in a crash. they are also lighter than most at around 160g a pair, competing with avid mags, which also bend apparently.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   chainreaction

Similar Products Used:   avids, shimano lx

Bike Setup:   giant mcm, 23lbs

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Daniel Fenter from Austin, TX usa

Date Reviewed: May 20, 2003

Strengths:    They stop when they are new.

Weaknesses:    They break and bend quite easily, plastic design??

Bottom Line:   
I used these levers for about 6 months now, and I find that after falls, the case on the lever tends to bend, impairing the braking function. This has happened now on both my front and rear levers. What is the deal with the plastic casing on the xt shifter\lever bundle? I have switched to the LX shifter\lever bundle with no plastic pieces .

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Favorite Trail:   Anything with huge drops

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Bicycle sport shop

Similar Products Used:   Cheap plastic

Bike Setup:   Sugar 2+ full custom job

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Walter Guan from Subang Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

Date Reviewed: April 30, 2003

Strengths:    Butter smooth, stiff, Really Ergonomic, Light.

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
This are a cool set of levers! They are awesomely comfortable and ultimately smooth (with SD Mag. Smoothest in my area)! Light! Way better than the ProMax they replaced. Quite tough too. Not bad price @ 40 a set. Too bad the XT brakes are a TRUE NON-PERFORMER...

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Favorite Trail:   Hmm...

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   OEM

Similar Products Used:   promax

Bike Setup:   GT Zaskar, SD Mag, XT levers, Judy race with total air, Deore...

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by ernesto freyre from miami, florida

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2003

Strengths:    Strong, easy to maintain power.

Weaknesses:    UMMMMM I cant think of one.

Bottom Line:   
reasonable price, works great and very little maintainance. Also not very heavy. I have fall and crash few times, so far it has not broke. I appreciate XT parts.

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Favorite Trail:   oleta park

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   price point

Similar Products Used:   LX

Bike Setup:   ALL XT parts, easton bar, thompson stem and seat post.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Ben Smith a Cross Country Rider from San Antonio

Date Reviewed: December 5, 2002

Strengths:    Hey, they're XT. Not flashy, but they get the job done, and in my case, the price was right.

Weaknesses:    None that I know of

Bottom Line:   
They're good levers. Unless they break, there is absolutely nothing worth complaining about.

BTW... did the guy posting on 7/3 REALLY give the product a bad rating because he crashed and scratched his top tube?

That was one of the funnier things I've ever read.

~ride on

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $27.00

Purchased At:   Broadway Bike Show

Similar Products Used:   Avid, LX

Bike Setup:   Manitou SX-R, Sun-Ringle wheelset, ESP 9.0/XTR/Avid 7

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Jason Dreimanis a Weekend Warrior from Adelaide, SA, Australia

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2002

Strengths:    - Strong and durable
- Light weight


Weaknesses:    - A bit pricey for what it is
- Not as nice feel as Avid or XTR


Bottom Line:   
They seem a little pricey for what you get, but sill have good feel, although not quite as sweet as XTR or Avid. The cable adjuster seems a little flimsy, but it hasn't broken on me yet. Not bad, but not fantastic either.

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Favorite Trail:   Narrow Neck - Blue Mountains

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   Super Elliots - Adelaide

Similar Products Used:   Deore, Tektro, Avid, XTR

Bike Setup:   Deore LX V-brakes, Kool-Stop dual compound pads.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Toti Cunha a Cross Country Rider from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Date Reviewed: February 6, 2002

Strengths:    Weight, good power and look.

Weaknesses:    Doesn't come with boots.

Bottom Line:   
Great levers for the price, powerfull and nice look.
Why do not come with boots to protect the scrow brake cables?

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Favorite Trail:   Brazil trails

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Bike Setup:   All XT, Easton CT2 carbon seatpost, 2002 SID SL, KHS Alite 2000 frame

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Dennisd a Cross Country Rider from Cornwall, Ontario

Date Reviewed: January 18, 2002

Strengths:    -Light
-Great modulation
-Durable
-Easy to adjust


Weaknesses:    -Expensive


Bottom Line:   
Great levers. Nice and short, just the way I like them. They have the best feel since the STX-RC stuff I've been using for a while on my older GT. Much better than the Deore stuff that came with my Enduro sport.

I guess you can hate Shimano for whatever reason, but I go with what works. These levers, paired with the XT V-brakes work extremely well. I would recommend them to someone who is performance oriented and willing to pay for it.

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Favorite Trail:   Brockville

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Bicycle world

Similar Products Used:   STC-RC, STX, LX, Avid, Deore

Bike Setup:   These are the newer (silver) editions.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:2
Submitted by J.R. A Freerider from State College,PA

Date Reviewed: March 26, 2001

Strengths:    Great Power

Weaknesses:    Has a little friction. Not as smooth as it could be. Price

Bottom Line:   
Is a good lever. These are actually lighter than the XTR's!!! They cost a lot less too.They have just as much power.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $52.00

Purchased At:   Nashbar

Similar Products Used:   LX levers


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Max_Bike a Racer from New-Brunswick CANADA

Date Reviewed: September 5, 2000

Strengths:    Suuuppper Light and they feel stable and smooth

Weaknesses:    None

Bottom Line:   
I think this is the sweetest levers. Just about as good as XTR. Anyone should get them!!!!!!!!

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Favorite Trail:   UNB Wood Lot

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $80.00

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX,Shimano STX-RC,Avid 1.0L,Avid SD 1.9,Avid SD 2.0

Bike Setup:   Trek 6500 with Shimano XT Deraileurs, 2000 Shimano LX Crank set,2000 Shimano LX Brakes,VP Clipless pedals,Bomber Z.1 Drop Off Fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mack Daddy a Cross Country Rider from Broomfield, CO

Date Reviewed: August 11, 2000

Strengths:    Craftmanship
Adusment
Preision
Weight


Weaknesses:    cable entry set-up
smoothness


Bottom Line:   
These kick my stock brakes butt. I can stop on a dime with these things. The only problems are that they sometimes get a little sticky. The adjuster knob also started to cut my cable housing. Besides that, they are sweet to ride with. I really like the small levers. Buy yourself a pair

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Favorite Trail:   betasso preserve

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Lx's, Deore, Avid's, Trek P.O.S. brakes, alivio canti's


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I just installed/cut and bled a new set of Shimano XT brakes and I noticed the front lever makes a clicking sound at the very bottom of the lever pull. The brakes both seem to work and operate fine but not sure if that click is normal. The back lever sort of does the same thing at the same spot but ... Read More »

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I've had these brakes for about a year now and never had any issues but just your normal maintenance like pad replacement with bleeding. Mineral oil was very dirty, but that should be normal i guess. Now I'm having a prob with my rear brake at the lever, when i press the lever to brake, the lev ... Read More »

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So... after trying a syringe bleed like I always do with my Formula brakes, I find out why Shimano uses the lame funnel - their seals suck! So now I have a blown lever as oil squirts out of the plunger. I don't see any parts online for a rebuild! Is it possible or am I in it for a new lever (and ... Read More »

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