Shimano XTR Levers Brake Lever

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Shimano XTR Levers


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by tim geary a Cross Country Rider from london

Date Reviewed: January 10, 2006

Strengths:    Dial in, lightness, image, modulation

Weaknesses:    Small bolt fixing

Bottom Line:   
For V-brake use its great - you can adjust reach, adjust modulation via the in built bezel, they fit well on the bar and complement the XTR shifters & Ti bar (of course) and look really great as they wear in and get that shiny look of use that you just can't beat.

That and they feel great when using V-brakes on ceramic rims, you really can break in minute distances with total silence with this set up.

Fair enough fixing on the bar is with 4mm hex - but just ensure that key is well inserted and no chance of rounding out the bolt which would otherwise be an issue.

Definately a fit and forget item which just last forever.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Shimano range, Avid LP's, Pauls

Bike Setup:   Light xc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by brian a Cross Country Rider from mass

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2005

Strengths:    everything i have acidently hit it with a hammer and it showed no dent or crack.

Weaknesses:    nothing

Bottom Line:   
i love enything that will last a long as time and these has

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Favorite Trail:   any trial that has alot of mud

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   came stook on a old royce union

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   i got a stock old royce union that i found in the trash and everything is stock.rusty is what i named it.and it will kick enybodys ass in a race

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jarred wilson a Cross Country Rider from san mateo, CA

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2005

Strengths:    very strong and lightwieght feels great hasnt broke or bent yet

Weaknesses:    paint wears off after a couple of rides

Bottom Line:   
the lever is really a great buy i recommend to any type of rider

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Favorite Trail:   revolution trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   woodside bike shop

Similar Products Used:   any XT levers

Bike Setup:   Giant warp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dontnomuch a Weekend Warrior from just north of Mexico

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2005

Strengths:    I've had these levers for 9 years. They've been on three bikes and operated xtr v-brakes and avid disc brakes. They're indestructible and work with everything. I can also run whichever shifters I want. This is the way to go!!

Weaknesses:    Grey finish rubs off easily; not really cheap but you're getting bearings and higher quality construction and materials.

Bottom Line:   
I recently went to walmart (oops...supergo) and all these rigs had the latest disk set-ups; half the levers flopped around they had so much play; the levers felt plasticky. Nine year old levers felt tighter and more robust.

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $65.00

Purchased At:   a bike shop in LA

Similar Products Used:   xt, lx, xtr--I have a bunch of different brands on my bike, but I've always run shimano brakes.

Bike Setup:   SC superlight, SID XC, Sachs Plasma 8 speed grip-shift, and a bunch of other stuff that was too expensive.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Marc a Cross Country Rider from Saratoga, CA, USA

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2004

Strengths:    Great feel to them and strong pull

Weaknesses:    EXPENSIVE

Bottom Line:   
These are a bit $$ but hey it's XTR and I don't ever see the need to bump to shift/brake combo's thanks very much.

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Favorite Trail:   Soquel Demo

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   phattire.com

Similar Products Used:   XT, LX, Paul Love Levers

Bike Setup:   SC Superlight

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Jeremy a Cross Country Rider from Toronto, ON, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 22, 2004

Strengths:    Nice looking, High snob apeal, quality fit and finish

Weaknesses:    high price, low mechanical advantage, somewhat uncomfortable

Bottom Line:   
I'm a little disappointed in these levers. I replaced my integrated 9s LX shift/brake levers with these when I got a pair of pauls thumbies. I was surprised to find that even with the leverage adjustment cranked all the way up, my brakes were not biting like they did with the LX levers. The XTR design incorperates a sliding cable tie in point that yeilds increasing mechanical advantage as applied brake force increases. You can set the maximum possible leverage ratio with a small adjustment screw in the lever assembly. It looks interesting, but in practice I find the modulation, and overall available brake power is sub-par compared to either the LX, or the Avid levers I used in the past. I find my forearms are much more strained on downhills, and where I could previously use 1 or 2 fingers with total confidence, I'm now forced to use 3, with a higher fear level. Additionally, the crossection of the lever is a little small, and has sharp edges that are not comfortable for my hands.

In this case, the budget shimano stuff actually works better. Sure, the XTR logo will get you attention, and they look sharp on your bars, but these levers don't have the performance to back up all that flash. The LX stuff is butt ugly and cheap looking, but the mechanical design is far superior. Save your cash for something else.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Avid speed dail, shimano LX

Bike Setup:   oldschool Litespeed hardtail, XT/XTR, vintage bomber coil/ oil fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Craig a Weekend Warrior from Mississauga

Date Reviewed: August 31, 2003

Strengths:    Good solid feel, and adjustability like you would not believe.

Weaknesses:    none that I have found (price was not an issue since I purchased mine used)

Bottom Line:   
They feel solid, and you can set them up just perfect. After each ride I make minor adjustments to the position of the lever, the cable tension, and the amount of "leverage mushieness" until they are just perfect. All I do now is think of the braking power I need, and the combination of my hands and the levers deliver.

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Favorite Trail:   Hardwood Hills

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   LBS (Used)

Similar Products Used:   Shimano V-Brake & shifter combination, Hayes levers

Bike Setup:   Jamis Dakar, Avid CPS Disks, LX front and rear, Shimano drive train

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jon a Cross Country Rider from Atlanta, St Louis and soon Denver

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2003

Strengths:    pretty light, really durable, has lasted forever and a day, and really cool color

Weaknesses:    can't be retrofitted to work with hydraulic disk. I mean come on.

Bottom Line:   
these brakes are 1997 model year. I have had em since early 2001, i treat em like crap, and poof they still work like a charm, and they look really cool. So if you happen to find some old XTR V-Brake levers for a good price, pick em up

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Purchased At:   friend of a friend

Similar Products Used:   avid, other shimano

Bike Setup:   old carbon fisher thats getting ready to break

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DANIEL FRATER a Cross Country Rider from LONDON

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2003

Strengths:    LOOKIN GOOD, FEEL STRONG AND GIVE YOU FAITH.

Weaknesses:    AINT ONE!

Bottom Line:   
GREAT LOOKING AND STRONG LEVERS, MAKE BRAKES - V BRAKES OR DISC - FEEL POWERFUL AND ALLOW FOR GOOD BRAKE ACTION WITH TOTAL CONTROL, EVEN IN THE WET CONDITIONS. A MUST FOR CABLE BRAKE RIDERS.

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Favorite Trail:   FAST XC

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $85.00

Purchased At:   JENSON

Similar Products Used:   XT ALL IN ONE GEAR+BRAKE, LX BRAKE + AVIDS

Bike Setup:   VOODOO BIZANGO, XT/XTR SYSTEMS + HOPE HUBS W/ MAVIC F519 RIMS. TITEC + WTB EXTRAS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by ace a Cross Country Rider from canada/korea

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2002

Strengths:    works...

Weaknesses:    too weak..but i guess it does not matter very much

Bottom Line:   
light and very smooth...awesome colour of xtr is now matching perfectly on my handlebar...

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Favorite Trail:   watershed

Duration Product Used:   3 months


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Kai Lindström a Weekend Warrior from Helsinki, Finland

Date Reviewed: July 29, 2002

Strengths:    Works very well, good workmanship, it's XTR :-)

Weaknesses:    a little bit too heavy (I think XTR SHOULD BE lighter than LX & XT)

Bottom Line:   
I paid too much for these levers but I wanted them 'cause they work very well. And you can't have them anymore in '03 for the new XTR comes... I considered Proshift VC2/Sram Rocket/Avid SD Ti combo but bought XTR BL-M950/XT SL-M750/XTR BR-M951 combo because I knew for sure that they will work brilliantly. No weight savings can win the trusting and safe feeling when blasting down the hill!

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $120.00

Similar Products Used:   LX, XT, Dia-Compe, old XTR, ...

Bike Setup:   Haro Impulse Comp with XT/XTR, Egg Beaters & RS Judy SL (The original one '95)

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Rick a Racer from Tallahassee, FL

Date Reviewed: February 14, 2002

Strengths:    Great 'feel', ability to modulate snappy brakes, look cool, hey, it's XTR man.

Weaknesses:    How much do you like your money?

Bottom Line:   
These levers feel/look great and there's nothing else to say. Bottom Line: XTR

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Favorite Trail:   Razorback, Ocala FL

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Bike Depot, Sebastian FL

Similar Products Used:   Avids, XTs, LXs

Bike Setup:   Hartail, Sid SL, XTR, Avid Ti Brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Billy Bob Thorton a Cross Country Rider from Southern Cal.

Date Reviewed: February 12, 2002

Strengths:    There XTR what else

Weaknesses:    The lever quality is the best hands down.

Bottom Line:   
Shimano People have been doing this bike thing for a long time. Everyone has some part of Shimano on there bikes. The levers are just a plus. Go buy them and a then take a nap.

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Favorite Trail:   Pork Rim

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   Todd's Tool Barn

Similar Products Used:   xt levers

Bike Setup:   xtr with Avid Mechanical Disc Brakes

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by DtEW a Weekend Warrior from SoCal, USA

Date Reviewed: January 1, 2002

Strengths:    High stiffness, lightweight, good ergonomics, high quality appearance.

Weaknesses:    Not rebuildable and pricy (but the latter is relative.)

Bottom Line:   
One of the few levers that gives me the option of two-finger braking while holding onto SRAM Halfpipe shifters. The only setup quirk is that the Halfpipe shifters will have to be rotated slightly more forward than with other levers, reducing visibility of the gear indications at the front.

Otherwise, the levers are high performers in all performance areas.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $55.00

Similar Products Used:   Avid Speed Dial Ti levers, XT levers, SRAM 9.0 levers (pre and post SRS-era models)

Bike Setup:   Relevant to this item, XTR V-brakes, SRAM 9.0 Halfpipe shifters and Gore RideOns.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Tyler a Cross Country Rider from New Mexico

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2001

Strengths:    Clean, light, very ergonomic, doesn't stress you carpi flexors on long rides, big plus

Weaknesses:    slightly expensive if you support your local stores, as you should, but you get what you pay for.

Bottom Line:   
good lever, when properly tuned very responsive, low maint., haven't used the xt series, but if weight isn't a concern you may want to look into that line, if you're heart set on shimano.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Bike Setup:   hoo koo,wh-m575, xtr V-rear, Hayes Mech.-front, sx-r 1999 fork

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