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    M775 Caliper compatible with M785 Brake Lever ?

    Hi all,

    Could anybody tell if the new Xt lever m785 will play ball with the old XT M775 caliper?

    I know shimano are all interchangeable, but my question goes to performance of this mixed setup - has anyone tried it or has any info on this.

    Thanks

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    There's always a first for everything. Let us know if it works.

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    my 810 saint levers work well with 800 saint calipers. No issues what so ever

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    M960 Dual Control levers are working with M985 calipers. According to the Shimano website FAQ all disc components are interchangeable.

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    Using the new xtr levers with 775 calipers. Works okay.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiplikestoridehisbike View Post
    Using the new xtr levers with 775 calipers. Works okay.
    Do you notice any difference? Demo'd a bike with m985 brakes and I thought they had more power than m775s.

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    Yes, but I was not using the 775 levers before. The M985 trails offer a lot of adjustment and servo wave is nice. The levers seem a little small for 2 finger braking but they are powerful enough that 1 seems to get it done. I am using shimano metal pads as well. They do have a little stiffness at the initail point of the cam action of the servo wave, but I do not really notice when riding. On the bike stand you will notice.

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    compatibility m775 caliper - m785 lever

    So I am gonna swap out the 775 levers and go for the m785 one finger levers. They have a ripping deal on ebay 38.00 shipped per side for 2012 levers. No problems bolting them on?? Do I need the 2012 bleed kit, or can I use a syringe to push oil up from the caliper to the lever?

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    The bleed funnel makes things easier, and is the Shimano recommended way of bleeding the brakes, but I guess you could bleed them from the bottom up as well. The Avid bleed kit also screws right onto the new levers if you have a set, but make sure to clean the syringes of any residual DOT fluid.

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    just for the record, running a m785 lever with an m810 calliper. Working perfectly
    Alas, that the longest hill
    Must end in a vale

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    THANK YOU!!! You are the first person I have found that has come forward to actually chime in w/ 1st hand experience in 6 months since Ive entertained the pairing.

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    Simple swap of the levers. Bolts right on? No need to by some special 2012 line?/

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    I originally had full m810, with Goodridge lines, but the lever developed a leak so I got an
    m785 lever to replace it. Just threaded it in and bled it, no problems. On the lever end the thread was the same, just a bit shorter. It wasn't so much shorter that I was concerned about it though.
    Alas, that the longest hill
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    Thanks Seadna, very helpful... BT

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    I've attempted to pair new deore levers to old 775 calipers using the new hose, but the caliper hole where the hose enters the caliper on the 775 is singificanlty smaller and has a cone like entry compared to the new deore 2012 calipers, so I abandoned the coupling.

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    Yeah, Ive know the banjo's are different sizes, but the "bolt on" diameter at the lever is the same. Besides, there is no need to rebleed when done at the lever, if you watch the lever swap tutorial on youtube. 1st with the lever, push out the pistons with the pads out, so the caliper recieves and contains the displaced fluid from the old lever reservoir. Remove the old lever and re attach the new one. then squeeze the pistons back in and the lever and reservoir (or lack there of) should push the displaced back up into the lever body. Top off the rervoir and your done with the bleed still in tact. (I havent had need to do but alot of people have done without problems.

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    If you swap the levers only - you are fine, only the connector insert differ, new ones are shorter.

    If you need the new hose, things can get tricky - that is what I commented upon.

    Things can work, but after holding both calipers exposed at hose hole in hand, I opted not to match them since 775 caliper hole was significantly smaller in diameter. I do not doubt that it would work.

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    I tried matching an aftermarket (Taiwan) OEM M755 4 pot caliper with a 1st gen Saint lever and line and ran into the same problem you did.

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    New XT levers, old line, 1st gen Saint calipers here...work fine. Some people say my brakes feel mushy - but they feel fine to me, never change lever engagement, and have heaps of power.
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    How about the 775 Lever paired with the 785 Caliper? Thanks in advance!!!!
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    All the levers are interchangeable. 775 Lever on 785 calipers will work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bryantaber View Post
    All the levers are interchangeable. 775 Lever on 785 calipers will work.
    Thanks! Do the 785's require the new rotor?
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    Quote Originally Posted by willem3 View Post
    Thanks! Do the 785's require the new rotor?
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the-one1 View Post
    Nope.
    Awesome! Thanks!!!
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    Hi.. I found a pair new old stock of XT M775 brake levers..and I was thinking of pair them with M810 of M820 calipers.. has anyone tried this combo?

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