SHIMANO XTR TRAIL BRAKES
Is there anything in the XTR range that doesn’t deserve the title of ‘Ultimate’? As far as trail brakes go, there truly is nothing better than these XTR Trails. Just look at their fine styling and you’ll get a hint of the amount of development that has gone into them, and a read into their features is impressive: ‘industry first’ full ceramic pistons, radiator-finned pads, one-finger braking Servo-Wave lever (which, in short, gives a hell of a lot more power than other levers), and Ice Technologies rotor. That rotor really is quite special and plays a big part in the XTR Trail performance, the increased cooling really is noticed when compared to standard discs.
We’ve used these brakes for all manner of bike riding, their low weight making them suitable for weight conscious riders and their supreme power and anti-fade qualities making them capable of even the biggest of descents. If your budget won’t stretch to these then apart from a few grams and a less polished finish the XT version is identical.
PRICE: £209.99, Disc £49.99 – £59.99