Shimano 1999 XT Hydraulic Brakes System Older Disc Brakes

3.9/5 (31 Reviews)


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Shimano 1999 XT Hydraulic Brakes System


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Hordi02 a Racer from Maine

Date Reviewed: December 27, 2005

Strengths:    Super POWERFULL. No DOT fluid. Quiet, no rubbing.

Weaknesses:    Could use a 2 piece lever clamp.

Bottom Line:   
These brakes are strong! People say they rub? Mine don't, just have to set them up right, with the tabs. Very LITTLE noise only when wet, in the snow or streams. Easy to setup (15 mins) Work great. Looking for a rear one now. GREAT BUY if you can find them. Anyone from XC Racers (like me) to Red Bull Rampagers should get these.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   eBay

Similar Products Used:   XT/XTR rim, Mech disc.

Bike Setup:   '04 K2 Razorback 4.0, FULL XT (sram chain)Onyx seatpost Cane Creek HS. Hollowtech

Looking to sell

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Kevin from Michigan, USA

Date Reviewed: June 30, 2005

Strengths:    touch them and they slow me down, grab them and I stop, squeeze the hell out of them and I flip over the bars.

They're powerful, yet modulate well.


Weaknesses:    It's harder than hell to get the things centered so that the pads don't rub on the discs. The pistons won't really retract far enough. Mine have stayed centered for a while now, but if I were to bend a rotor ever so slightly, I'd be in deep $#!t. I bet I couldn't fit a sheet of paper between the rotor and the pads.

Bottom Line:   
Probably hard to find now, considering they were discontinued for a year or two when I bought them a year ago.

I only paid $100 per brake, so, for what these brakes do, value is a 5.

Only thing stopping the overall rating from gettin the 5 is the fact that it took me an hour and a half per caliper to center them properly.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Similar Products Used:   Stock promax mechanical discs. Each caliper weighed about a pound, and the pad that moved would slide over and bend the rotor against the fixed pad, unless the caliper was spaced to ride the fixed pad. Also, they seemed less powerful than the tektro V-brakes I had on another bike. BASICALLY, THEY SUCKED.

Bike Setup:   Univega DS900 (black and red model) with XT trigger shifters (half barrel stock grip shifters suck) XTR rear derailleur, selle italia flite seat, and the XT hydros

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michael Eustace a Cross Country Rider from Ipswich, Suffolk, UK

Date Reviewed: June 12, 2003

Strengths:    Excellent braking, not affected by dirt and water

Weaknesses:    Lever comes back to bar randomly even when lever adjusted away from bar. What is going on!? Someone email me with the remedy michael@sv700.co.uk http://www.sv700.co.uk Cheers

Bottom Line:   
Once you use disks brakes you'll never go back! :-)

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Favorite Trail:   Cannock Chase and Swansea Clyne Valley

Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   Part of sale for Orange EV02

Bike Setup:   Orange EV02 frame; 2001 spec Rockshox Judy SL 100mm travel; Full Shimano XT groupset including XT disc-mount hubs and hydraulic disc brakes front and rear with XTR rear mech; Mavic D321 rims on 2.3" front and 2.1 rear Tioga DH tyres (they are huge!); Titec DH stem, bars, seatpost and seat.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jay NoMoney a Cross Country Rider from Woodland, WA USA

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2002

Strengths:    Rock Solid Stops

Weaknesses:    Slight Rubbing even after complete adjustment

Bottom Line:   
These brakes kick #@*% for the money! Oh and the reason your brakes are squeeling like a pig... is because you spilled the mineral oil on the rotor. Clean it! with some brake cleaner! And thou shalt be smiling. I love these brakes... They make me stop quite well. All my friends are envious. You should definitely buy them!

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Favorite Trail:   Souixon Creek/Lewis river

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $198.00

Purchased At:   JensonUSA

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Haro XCS(Intense Tracer) Mavic Crossmax, Easton everything. Fox Shox. Shimano XTR & bits Tits Deluxe setup. :-)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by _RatAX from Protugal, Lisboa

Date Reviewed: September 27, 2002

Bottom Line:   
i use shimano xt brake system only in rear wheel and i´m very disapointed with it. I usually ride dirt and urban.
For urban this brake doesn't work very well. Doing manuals is dangerous because at any time the brake may fail and do not support my weight. after that the lever brake is to slow it takes so many time to start stoping.
I don´t like it. But i'm sure that your will like it if you ride a XC bike.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $99.00

Similar Products Used:   I use Magura Gustav M on front ... nothing compares to this magnific brake. I recommend Magura for those who want power brake.

Bike Setup:   twenty four bicycles, marzocchi DJ2, race face/on off components.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Loren Lukens a Cross Country Rider from Pine Grove, CA

Date Reviewed: July 24, 2002

Strengths:    Simple to install. Brake pads can be removed, cleaned, and replaced easily.

Weaknesses:    These brakes are made for riders who are hearing impaired, or who will be impaired in the future. There is no way to describe the noise they produce. I have tried everything to quiet them. I even visited a local brake shop for some advice. Nothing I have tried has solved the problem. When I rode at Montana Del Oro other people on the trail were scared because they though the sound from my brakes was a waring from Mt. Diablo Nuclear Power Plant that an accident had happend.

Bottom Line:   
If you don't mind noise they are a great brake. I have just purchased the Hayes Disc in hope of the noise solution.

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Favorite Trail:   Tahoe Flume Trail

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $109.00

Purchased At:   Supergo

Bike Setup:   GT' 01 I drive race frame with all Shimano XTR with the exception of the brakes.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Taylor Loomis a Downhiller from Asheville NC USA

Date Reviewed: April 25, 2002

Strengths:    Very good power after they are broken in. The cost is very good.

Weaknesses:    This product is hard to set up whithout having rubing. It takes several rides to start the "true" power. Also it is almost impossible to get in 8" rotors.

Bottom Line:   
I would suggest this to anyone.

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Favorite Trail:   Bennet Gap

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $115.00

Purchased At:   Supergo.com

Similar Products Used:   none


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jerome a Weekend Warrior from Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Date Reviewed: February 19, 2002

Strengths:    Powerful
4-pistons technology works well
very good feeling
Best-designed levers (IMO)


Weaknesses:    Pads tend to rub on discs
Steel hoses are not user-friendly


Bottom Line:   
I rode all the last season with the 6" rotors and had been pretty happy with these brakes. Yes, the pads have a tendency to rub from time to time on the discs, but I don't care. Apart from this, they offer awesome modulation and good power once they're broke-in.

I recently put the 8" rotor in front and the difference in power is impressive. Since I like to go fast and weigh close to 190 lbs, this is a good set-up for me. Try it if you find the stock 6" rotors too shabby.

Seeya on the trails.

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Favorite Trail:   Everything Charlesbourg

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Mont-Velo

Similar Products Used:   Got my hands on Hayes and Avid Mech, but none for so much time

Bike Setup:   FSR 98 Elite with BETD linkage/Stratos FR5 and lots of custom parts

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by T a Downhiller from Daly City

Date Reviewed: December 6, 2001

Strengths:    great power, good design, easy to clean

Weaknesses:    Takes a while to break in, hard to tune

Bottom Line:   
If you are looking for a good brake, but need downhill stopping capabilities get Hayes or something else.

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Favorite Trail:   anything w/ jumps, drops, trees

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $240.00

Purchased At:   JesonUSA.com

Similar Products Used:   Hayes discs

Bike Setup:   GTidrive, raceface, psylo, vanilla, sooped up xc to Freeride

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Alex a Downhiller from Canada

Date Reviewed: December 3, 2001

Strengths:    Looks good

Weaknesses:    Doesn't stop you quick enough

Bottom Line:   
The shimano brake takes a long time to brake-in.
The hayes have more stoping power.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Similar Products Used:   Hayes 8",magura

Bike Setup:   99' RM9 ,sun double wide

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lennart Jakobsen a Cross Country Rider from Copenhagen

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2001

Strengths:    Besides the usual disc-advantages:
Fit and forget,self-adjusting
perfect feel,so precise,no sudden wheel lock
quality-build


Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
I love this brake,it makes me so confident in the most rough
conditions,it seems to work better,the worse the conditions get.Good at front-wheelies(great way to test brakes).pads/disc seems to be long-lasting

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Favorite Trail:   Furesoe

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Similar Products Used:   different canti/v rimbrakes

Bike Setup:   99`RM Blizzard LX/XT/XTR,very custom..

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike a Cross Country Rider from Sacramento, CA

Date Reviewed: July 26, 2001

Strengths:    Stopping power, good modulation, easy setup and bleeding

Weaknesses:    Steel braided hoses, pads don't stay centered or retract far enough to clear rotor

Bottom Line:   
I think the Hayes stop a little better, but the XT squeals a little less. I have had nothing but trouble with keeping the rotors centered within the pads. My rear rotor is just a teeny bit bent which aggravates this condition. I never had this problem with the Hayes. Drives me nuts!

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Favorite Trail:   Tahoe Rim Trail

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Purchased At:   Cambria Bike Emporium

Similar Products Used:   Hayes

Bike Setup:   SC Superlight (I built it), Marzocchi Z1 X Fly, Gripshift 9, Mavic D521 Downhill wheels

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Torpedo a Cross Country Rider from Kunsan AB, Republic of Korea

Date Reviewed: July 11, 2001

Strengths:    Stops better than V-Brakes in the dry, and stops better than Anything in the wet. Major Plus with the new 2001 cables, cut to size and able to fit through the hydro guides.

Weaknesses:    Setup is a little messy if it is your first time. Takes time to seat in.

Bottom Line:   
As with any disc brake took time to seat. The front went together flawlessly. The rear was a bit tricky, we had to tweek it for 2 days getting it aligned right, also one bolt was just long enough to hit the rotor, after about 2 days of riding it almost fixed itself, but a little bit of filing to smooth the end down then a washer to space the bolt out enough to clear the rotor. During seat time where your brakes kinda sux, the rear moaned alot. Now it stops as good or better than any XTR Vee. A little heavy as compaired to Vee brakes but hey they are hydro disc.. I would not recommend for the XC racer who races mostly in the dry, but if you ride in the wet you will appreciate the power. The perform much better than the Magura Louis, you were constantly adjusting them.. So far once you got it right it is ride it and forget it.

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Favorite Trail:   Hinode - in Japan

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $350.00

Purchased At:   Bikeworld

Similar Products Used:   Magura Louis, Magura HS-22, HS-33, Shimano XTR Vee.

Bike Setup:   Seven Sola, XTR everything else...Spinenergy Xyclone Disc. Ibis Ti Stem, Kestral H-Bar, Syncros Ti Seatpost, SDG Seat.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by James Bushell a Downhiller from Wellington New Zealand

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2001

Strengths:    4 pot calipers. Easy fitting. Top reservoir

Weaknesses:    Serious brake fade after a few minutes use. 240lb rider. I've been told that the 6" rotor should be fine and needs to be setup properly.
They make hideous noise once faded and bike goes off trail!
Have sanded pads numerous times and cleaned etc.
Right angle banjo fitting is probably gonna be wrecked soon. Keep pulling trees out of them.


Bottom Line:   
As a first time user of disc brakes this has not been good experience. Hoping that Dog Boy can show me proper setup or else will switch to 8" rotors front and rear.
If the system cannot handle heat dissipation, fluid heatup for 240lb+ downhill riders, they should say it in the instructions.
They are probably an excellent cross-country brake or downhill for slower/lighter people.

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Favorite Trail:   Ridgeline

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Burkes Cycles

Similar Products Used:   None. From v brakes

Bike Setup:   Mountain Cycle Shockwave, bomber forks etc etc etc

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Adam a Downhiller from South Wales, UK

Date Reviewed: January 8, 2001

Strengths:    Price, Looks, Strong Levers.

Weaknesses:    Performance, Hoses, unbuilt.

Bottom Line:   
Here's a quick list of the bad points:

1. They take far too long to bed in.
2. The performance is no where near any other hydraulic disk brake.
3. The braided hoses wreck your frame / fork.
4. You have to build and setup the brakes yourself.

You can now get Hope's for the same price. Go for the Hope. Not even the cheap price justifies buying these brakes.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   Bikedock (UK)

Similar Products Used:   Hope O2, Magura HS33, HS11,

Bike Setup:   God Like

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