Shimano XTR V-Brakes Brake System

4.24/5 (226 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dj1swp a Cross Country Rider from san diego

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2011

Strengths:    lightweight, stopping power, looks

Weaknesses:    expensive

Bottom Line:   
disc brakes shmisc brakes.these xtrs are light and work great. i have never subscribed to the fact that you need disc brakes because they have better stopping power. as far as im concerned, if you need more stopping power than what v brakes can offer, you are just going too slow.

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Favorite Trail:   cowles

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came with bike

Bike Setup:   gt zaskar crossmax, xtr, x0, sid

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by zlizoli021 a Cross Country Rider from Novi Sad, Vojvodina

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2010

Strengths:    I ride a lot, and it has the perfect soping point.
Use to ride disc brakes, it is ok, but the servising is complicated.
With xtr-s i change brake pads, and cables....


Weaknesses:    Non

Bottom Line:   
It is perfect to use, and easy.

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Favorite Trail:   Fruska gora mountain

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $25.00

Purchased At:   Second hand

Similar Products Used:   shimano xt...
Not but, xtr-s is better...


Bike Setup:   Full on shimano xt and xtr

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Fungoir a Cross Country Rider from melbourne, victoria, Australia

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2010

Strengths:    incredible stopping power, lightweight, sexy, no problems

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I have had these on two singlespeed set ups and now my 1x9, raced at 6, 12 and 24 hour races and never wanted for stopping power, it seems now when I rock up to races I am the only one with v-brakes, but with these there is no need for disc brakes, even in super muddy courses they have worked a treat. Never had any issue with squeaking and never doubted the power of these brakes.

Bloody Brilliant!!!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   second hand from a f

Similar Products Used:   lx

Bike Setup:   Salsa a'la carte
1x9
white industries hubs, chainring and cranks
sram xo cassete, x9 derailluer, sram chain
thompson seatpost and brooks "british racing green" saddle

one pimped out baby!!!

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by BokorSolo a Weekend Warrior from Prince William, VA, USA

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2009

Strengths:    Look awesome. Reliable stopping power in dry conditions, lightweight.

Weaknesses:    Price (if brand new).

Bottom Line:   
These are a great compliment to my bike. They keep the weight down, they look awesome and the work well with my levers. Everyone now is pretty big on the whole disc thing, but if you are a supporter of the v-brakes, are big on weight savings or a just a retro-grouch, then these are the brakes for you. Ride with the best.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $30.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Shimano XT V-Brakes, Avid SL, Avid Single Digit 5s

Bike Setup:   Voodoo Bokor SS

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jbx tacos a Cross Country Rider from Eagle, Idaho

Date Reviewed: November 17, 2009

Strengths:    stops great, looks cool, good mud and tire clearance

Weaknesses:    heavy, expensive

Bottom Line:   
I love these brakes more than any other I have tried. All the people complaining about squealing need to learn ho wto set up a break pad. Mine rarely make any noise with my red kool-stop pads. I got a great deal with the bike they came on but they are way overpriced when sold alone.

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Favorite Trail:   The secret one

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   came on Ebay bike

Bike Setup:   KHS Softtail

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jesse Citizen a Weekend Warrior from Toronto CAN

Date Reviewed: March 22, 2006

Strengths:    Stop pretty well, look dope

Weaknesses:    Heavy compared to my old single digits and don't stop as well as I would have expected.

Bottom Line:   
I expected these to be way better than my old Avids. They do slow you down with ease, but it seems to take a lot for them to lock up. I've notice the squealing (lame) and they seem to put a lot of flex into the break bosses, which makes me wonder if I put my old Brodie Break booster on there if they wouldn't be way better.

Bottom line, I expected top of the line stuff to be unbelievable, but it's just pretty good. ??

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Favorite Trail:   DonValley Native

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   some guy

Similar Products Used:   Avid Single digits

Bike Setup:   Old Rocky Steel frame, Marzocchi MX comps up front, LX/Deore Drivetrain, Mavic 221, Avid Levers...

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Chris Pollett a Racer from London, ON, Canada

Date Reviewed: July 21, 2005

Strengths:    Great all around. I have found no thing wrong with them and they stop in all conditions

Weaknesses:    I have heard the squeeling problem and have it on one bike. I have 2 bikes with this set up (trials and race). I think it has to do with the different parts on the bike. I can get them silent on the race bike but the trials bike is impossible but its work it for the power and modulation.

Bottom Line:   
Great product and really the squeeling is good for keeping rodents out of the front wheel!

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Favorite Trail:   Cains

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $110.00

Purchased At:   All Season Sports

Similar Products Used:   LX-XTR, magura hydrolics, canties

Bike Setup:   XT-XTR on all bikes, mix of spin wheels, nukeproof hubs and lots of other goodies

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Cross Country Rider from Manchester, UK

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2005

Strengths:    Powerful Braking
Silent
No vibration


Weaknesses:    I got a good deal on the price but otherwise maybe a tad expensive?

Bottom Line:   
Upgarded from XT to XTR on the front only and using LX levers the difference is immediately noticeable. These are the 2004 model. With the XT's I had to spend hours setting them up trying to minimise the squeal. These have been silent from the go. Am tempted to upgrade the rear for the sharpness and clarity and may well try some Avid Speedial levers, a combo I have heard works well.

Thumbs up to shimano for this top piece of kit. Outstanding. 5 flaming turds.

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Favorite Trail:   Peak district

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $28.00

Purchased At:   Chainreaction cycles

Similar Products Used:   XT, Avid,tektro, el cheapos

Bike Setup:   a total mish mash of parts, mostly LX and XT.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mitch a Cross Country Rider from Kurume

Date Reviewed: November 25, 2004

Strengths:    Great stopping power, light.

Weaknesses:    Occasional squeal

Bottom Line:   
Great stopping power, especially combined with the ceramic rims. Can sqeual a fair bit when wet if not set up carefully. Pads wear really fast when dirty, but I suspect it's a trade-off for performance. If you ride off road a fair bit you will have to replace the pads reasonably often, but it's worth it to have the best rim-braking performance I've seen.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Shimano Deore, XT; Avid SD3, SD5; Some old tektro

Bike Setup:   Ceramic rims, XC hardtail, XT levers

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

Date Reviewed: September 21, 2004

Strengths:    Easy set-up

Weaknesses:    Shimano...but they do work VERY well so....

Bottom Line:   
The are $$ normally but a good deal at the shop made them hard to pass on. Once on there was none of the %@*&*&(&!!!! squeek that no mechanic or I could get rid off with my XT's. They work and are easy to dial in. What else is there?

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Favorite Trail:   Soquel Demo

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $59.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Similar Products Used:   Avid, Shimano XT and LX

Bike Setup:   SC Superlight

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeff a Cross Country Rider from London, ON, Canada

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2004

Strengths:    Light. Strong. Excellent breaking power.

Weaknesses:    Pads

Bottom Line:   
Thow some Koolstop greens in there and a set of Ceramic Rims and quit standin around!

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   The Ex Bike Show

Bike Setup:   Trek 4500, XT/XTR, Sid SL, Mavic X618 Ceramic

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Clifford Louie a Cross Country Rider from Bellevue, WA. USA

Date Reviewed: January 11, 2004

Strengths:    Flex free brake arms translate into firm lever feel while being confidence inspiring, with modulation unsurpassed even on the sickest slopes. Locking up the rear is easy. Easy slide-in pad replacement. Grey XTR colors are chi-chi.

Weaknesses:    Am still thinking...

Bottom Line:   
Absolutely the best rim brakes made. Especially with ceramic pads and rims, disc brakes seem like weighty overkill on a XC machine.

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Favorite Trail:   I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   Excel Sports

Similar Products Used:   Shimano LX v-brakes and Avid Arch Rival

Bike Setup:   2000 Intense Tracer with full XTR gruppo, Marzocchi Z3 Flylight 100, Mavic Ceramic 517s.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mark Lohnes a Cross Country Rider from Skagway, Alaska

Date Reviewed: December 28, 2003

Strengths:    Great modulation and supurb breaking. The levers are very comfy and are smooth.

Weaknesses:    Sensitive to pad alignment resulting in squeel if incorrectly set-up. Not rebuildable...for the price it should be.

Bottom Line:   
I have used nearly every Shimano brake out there, v-brake and canti and these are simply oustanding. They are sensitive to pad alignment...specifically toe. Too much and the pads wear badly, too little and the pads squeel. Also, as mentioned above, the pivots in the arm mechanisms are starting to develop some slop and they are not rebuildable...a Shimano trait that should be changed on the XTR line. Otherwise...nothing but praise fro looks, performance and durability. They are very good in regards to modulation and this has prevented me from endo's going down over boulders or slick logs. Despite the praise, I'm am wanting discs..maybe I'll wait a little longer:)

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Favorite Trail:   West Creek Trail

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   XT, LX, Deore v and canti brakes

Bike Setup:   Trek Fuel w/ full XTR, Chris King, Mavic, Titec, Fox AVA shock and Black Elite fork

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jay a Racer from London, UK

Date Reviewed: September 11, 2003

Strengths:    Power, modulation, lightweight

Weaknesses:    Soft pads, Avid levers are better

Bottom Line:   
I got so sick of very poor pad life with my discs that I went back to V's. Performance wise, the XTR V's only suffer by comparison to discs about 2% of the time on steep fast downhills when you have to go a little slower to make sure you'll be able to stop in time. Don't believe the hype about hydro discs, V's are far less hassle, and spares are cheaper. I haven't had any squeel problems, the brakes are powerful, and can be modulated well. In fact I back mine off to slow me less since in racing you should be holding as much speed as possible. The levers are good, but not as good as the Avid speed dial. The best setup would be XTR brakes with Avid levers, but will you be able to resist those sexy XTR levers? I couldn't. Incidentally, Avid brakes are actually very ordinary, it's the levers that make all the difference, and XT V's are even more powerful than XTR, just heavier and not as elegant.

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Similar Products Used:   Avid, XT, Hope XC4 discs

Bike Setup:   Specialized S-works hardtail (custom build), Fox Float 80RLC, XT/XTR mix, Hope Ti-glide hubs on X517.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by dan a Racer from mississauga

Date Reviewed: September 7, 2003

Strengths:    great stoping power...enough to make my frame flex

Weaknesses:    pads are really hard on your rims suggest changing...i broke my front xtr's pin off (the pinn that the spring pushes against) but that was from hard riding.

Bottom Line:   
these are some of the most powerful brakes i have ever used..just i suggest you change your pads before you damage your rims

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $40.00

Purchased At:   cyclepath

Similar Products Used:   avid mag

Bike Setup:   xtr and raceface

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