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  1. #1
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    dual control lever replaced with reg. lever blade

    are the lever/shifter combo on the dual control lever compatible with a regular brake lever blade.just want to get rid of the shifter but keep the brakes.they are older xtr st-m965,and the mounting points look close but i don't have a lever to try it with.

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    XTR 965 Dual Controls use Banjo end fittings. If the lever you want to replace it with has banjo-type fluid entry, then no problem. But if the lever is for in-line fluid entry, youŽll have to replace the banjo fitting in the hose for the corresponding in-line one. Just had to do this with mine when decided to get rid of the dual controls and fit xtr 970 separate brake levers. No problem either.
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    I think he's hoping to just replace the lever blade with a standard lever blade from a 965/966 series disc brake lever. Unfortunately there is no tech doc listed for the standard disc brake handle, just the DC, so there's no easy way to check.
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    yes just want to replace the blade,and i guess the way to check will be to try it.i'll post up the results.

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    bump - similar situation?

    wanted to check on the results of this retrofit. i believe i am looking to do the same thing. i have the dual control set up but want to use just the brake calipers. not sure exactly what parts needed to do it. can you shed some light?

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    I made the change from dual control back to regular shifter a few years ago, it never even crossed my mind that I might have only had to swap the blades rather than the entire lever assemblies.
    I'm in a foreign land at the moment and my bike & old parts are in storage half a wold away (literally) so I can't just pull out my old dual controls to check unfortunately!
    Looking at Shimano's tech docs for my generation gear (M765 XT) there's two differences I can see. The reservoir body has a slightly different profile to allow the shifting mechanism to clear the angled bit of the body that ramps up to the master cylinder's lid. Second difference I see is the pivot axle for the lever blade - different mounting hardware. Impossible to tell from the tech docs alone if this is cross compatible.
    Sorry I'm not more help, but I am interested to see how this pans out for you.

    Edit: Just re-read your post bandit - if it's only the calipers you're wanting to recycle they should be compatible with any Shimano lever combination.

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