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Replacement XTR (m975) brake lever options?

Old 09-02-14, 08:33 AM
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Replacement XTR (m975) brake lever options?

I've got an older XTR lever which was damaged in a crash. The lever got hit from behind somehow, and basically bent the forward stop plate. The brake still functions fine, but the lever flops forward significantly (~1in) when you let go. Its kind of like a built in free travel.

I'm having trouble finding just the replacement lever. Most places want to sell the full lever + caliper for ~$150. Which is basically the same price as a pair of newer XTR levers.

I'm wondering about other options such as running the newer XT or XTR levers with the older calipers? Would the servo wave versions work or do I need non-servo wave?

Anyone have any other ideas?

Thanks.
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did you ask any bike shops? or this all online? its hydraulic, bite the bullet , so replace the whole thing, caliper & lever as a whole ..

then it will only look different, but work .. any hydraulic MTB brake .. pretty much ..


seems Avid-Sram is better on small Parts (QBP does show a lot of small parts in the [Dealer account] website) .

replace both & sell what you have on CL.
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Have you assessed the damage to see if you can just replace the washer which captures the piston rod?

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I have a M975 caliper with a SLX (M675 servo wave) lever, works great, used to use the same caliper with a XT (M775 non servo wave) lever, worked ok then as well. Both using the BH59 hose & gold inserts, not the newer BH90 & silver inserts

For repairing Shimano brake levers, and parts in general, they will normally sell assembles, but not specific parts like washers, you can see what is available by using the tech docs SHIMANO Dealer's Manual / User's Manual

No really seeing an issue with how Shimano do this, as others do, it limits the number of SKU's they need to stock, and normally if you have damaged part of an assembly, the rest will benefit from being replaced as well.
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Originally Posted by jimc101
I have a M975 caliper with a SLX (M675 servo wave) lever, works great, used to use the same caliper with a XT (M775 non servo wave) lever, worked ok then as well. Both using the BH59 hose & gold inserts, not the newer BH90 & silver inserts

For repairing Shimano brake levers, and parts in general, they will normally sell assembles, but not specific parts like washers, you can see what is available by using the tech docs SHIMANO Dealer's Manual / User's Manual

No really seeing an issue with how Shimano do this, as others do, it limits the number of SKU's they need to stock, and normally if you have damaged part of an assembly, the rest will benefit from being replaced as well.
Thanks for the input. Sounds like I could probably get a set of newer XTR Trail or Race levers, and just use the existing calipers. Then when the calipers go, upgrade them to the new style.

I've been looking mainly online, haven't spoken to the shop. Honestly I'd love to just replace the washer, but its standard Shimano non-serviceable parts.
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