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    M9000 same as M987 except for clamp?

    Looking for clarification that the "new" XTR 9000 brake is basically the 987 but with a thinner handlebar clamp.

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    Have you got any more intel on the differences between the m987 brake and m9000? Keen to know whether to hold out for the m9000 or not...

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    I don't think it would be worth holding out unless you need the newest kit.
    First Look: All-New Shimano XTR M9000 Race & Trail Brakes, Plus New Carbon Wheels
    It looks like the whole lever(carbon), clamp(thinner), master cylinder(sleeker) has been redesigned, but I dont think the functionality has changed.

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    Well, the M9000 caliper also reportedly uses a new/different material for the piston. This all really makes me wonder about the M987, which was introduced only a year or so ago. For the next few months, however, the M9000s appear to be vaporware. I am building a bike now and am somewhat concerned about using what may turn out to be a non-standard brake that was phased out after only a year (the M987).

    I also don't understand why the new "Freeza" rotors are available in centerlock only. Are they not trying to sell their parts?

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    I'm with Jfloren on the rotors...seems like a bazaar decision given most people fun 6 bolt hubs.

    I wasn't sure if the different caliper material mentioned in the press releases was different compared to the M985/M988 brakes for the M987. If its the M987, it seems holding out for the M9000/M9020 brakes is worth it - just hope the Avid X9 brakes last another couple of months! Loving my XT brakes on my other bikes, just want something lighter and just as reliable for the race rig.

    Thanks for the feedback guys.

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    M9000 same as M987 except for clamp?

    Any further intel? This is strange for Shimano to be releasing a new brake when the M987 is less than a year old...unless there was a problem with it.


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