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Old 01-22-13, 08:57 AM   #1
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XTR M900 - component question...

Hi... After years with road bikes I have decided to branch into mountain bikes... So naturally I am after xtr m900 parts...

One thing I'm still trying to wrap my head around is that brake levers are designed for either cantilever or V-brakes... One or the other...

I have found that there seems to be two different M900 shift lever combos...

One is the original M900...

The other is the same colour, same look, but it has a gear indicator display window... (not sure of model number)

Are they BOTH for the M900 cantilever brakes?


SECOND question... Many of the M900 cranksets on eBay are just old beat ones that have been polished and had a vynal XTR sticker applied... Where can I get these stickers?? I would like to polish my crank and put the decals on to make my bike look better


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Old 01-28-13, 09:00 PM   #2
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There's the M900 shift/brake levers and the M910 versions (with gear position indicators). Both are for center pull cantilever brakes.

The M950 units are V-brake compatible.

Can't help you with the decals, but any sign shop with a vinyl cutter/plotter should be able to make them.
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Hi... After years with road bikes I have decided to branch into mountain bikes... So naturally I am after xtr m900 parts...
Got to ask why!, M900 is ancient in MTB terms, with very little relevance to modern MTB's. All MTB's now are disc brake, and most are either 2x10 or 3x10, almost none of this is M900 compatible. The current XTR is M980 series, although it's replacement should be announced later this year for 2014 release.

Add to this MTB part are to be used, would expect if you can actually find any old M900 part, most will be used / worn out.

For the crank arm protectors, see here http://www.crankskins.com/
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Got to ask why!, M900 is ancient in MTB terms, with very little relevance to modern MTB's. All MTB's now are disc brake, and most are either 2x10 or 3x10, almost none of this is M900 compatible. The current XTR is M980 series, although it's replacement should be announced later this year for 2014 release.
Dude, 10 speed is Sooo last season. 11 speed is out now. Why would anyone still be riding that old 10 speed crap? LOL

Somehow my 9sp XTR still works. Shifts gears quickly and smoothly. Even more amazingly, the ancient v-brake levers Do work with my disk brakes. It's almost like someone designed the disk brakes with that in mind or something... At first I thought all this ancient crap wasn't even relevant anymore and was surely so worn out that it would just fall apart under me, but somehow it still works!

MANY people aren't riding the latest technology for many reasons. Go check out ebay and see the Massive lists of older parts available that have plenty of bids. Much of the higher end stuff, like XTR or Dura-Ace are actually still pulling in good prices. People are still paying $1000+ for nice steel road bike frames from the 80s. No, you can't slap the latest electronic shifting Dura-Ace on it and it weighs a pound more than the latest carbon frame, but it's still preferred by many. Maybe OP has a nice older bike that he'd like to freshen up and rip some trails with.
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I'm riding on current generation 9 speed Deore and I have to say I don't want or need any more than 9 speed. I personally think that paying 2-4 times more for a little less weight and a bit more 'bling' is pointless. The hydros at the deore level are heavier, but just effective at stopping the bike and they are super easy to bleed/refill. No need for higher there either.
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There's the M900 shift/brake levers and the M910 versions (with gear position indicators). Both are for center pull cantilever brakes.

The M950 units are V-brake compatible.

Can't help you with the decals, but any sign shop with a vinyl cutter/plotter should be able to make them.


Thanks! (sorry for my late reply)
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