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    Question about XT M785 lever reach adjustment

    I am considering getting the XT M785 brakes. My hesitation about getting them is that I don't know if I will be able to adjust the lever close enough to the bar for me. It might be my short fingers, personal preference, or both, but I like the brake lever adjusted pretty close to the grip, both in terms of where it is when I go to reach for it, but also where it engages. I run mine closer to the bar than anyone I know, certainly more than any other bike I've ridden.

    I'm running BB7's with various avid and Shimano levers on different bikes, and I have always been able to dial them close enough, but a couple of the Hydro brakes I've tinkered with either did not adjust or did not adjust far enough in. I have never played with XT's.

    So, my question is whether these allow a pretty wide range of reach adjustment.

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    Lots of adjustment in the 785 reach.
    The new "shorty" levers are great.
    Go to a bike store and play with some of the XT brakes on the display bikes or ask a fellow rider on a trail or at the trailhead to check them out.
    XTs are everywhere

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norman Clydesdale View Post
    Lots of adjustment in the 785 reach.
    The new "shorty" levers are great.
    Go to a bike store and play with some of the XT brakes on the display bikes or ask a fellow rider on a trail or at the trailhead to check them out.
    XTs are everywhere
    Actaully, I don't see them that often, which is why am asking here.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    I have the same problem. I have small hands and have no problems with reach and contact. Just for reference, my previous brakes were Avid CR's so I could adjust reach and contact. The Shimano's are as good as far as good ergonomics even with my small hands. You'll definitely find an improvement in ease of braking compared to the BB7's. I have BB7's on my commuter and it is incredible how much more effort it takes to pull the levers and modulate the braking.

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    Thanks. Just ordered a set. Got a pretty good deal on the whole package, including the adapters and ICE tech rotors. I find that my bb7's generally feel a lot better than almost anyone else's I have tried, so I hope that these really are that much better. I don't often upgrade stuff that is not broken, but after 10 years, it is becoming apparent that these bb7's are just never going to die.
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    kapusta: I'm curious for your thoughts on the M785s with Ice Tech rotors compared to the BB7s you rocked for all those years.

    I rode a 26-inch hardtail with BB7s front and back for several seasons. Great, simple brakes--more powerful when properly set up than they're given credit for.

    My new 27.5-inch squishy came with basic Shimano hydros, but I'm staring at a great deal on a set of m785s with RT-86 rotors ... so I'd like to know what you thought of them.

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    I have the 785's and there is a lot of adjustment to bring the levers closer, HOWEVER, 785's are know to have more dead space than others. I was in the opposite here, and actually adjusted the levers more forward.

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