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    XT M785 Broken Handlebar Clamp on Brake Lever Assembly. Repair?

    Hey Shimano Forum Friends,
    Ok so I busted both handlebar clamps on my XT brake levers in a crash. Photo attached in case you want to see the actual damage. Due to needing brakes sooner than finding a repair solution; I ordered new set and put them on. Now I've got this great set of XT brakes with busted handlebar clamps. After looking at some online schematics it looks like the only way to repair this would be to buy an entire new lever which is $50-60 per side. If I replace the levers I need to bleed correct? Is there a solution I don't know about? Worth it or should I sell as is to some tinkerer for a few bucks? Thanks for your help in advance.


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    Not a replacable part so youll need a whole new lever.

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    Handy tip. - only tighten the clamps enough to stop them moving in use. They should be able to rotate in a crash. Old tip from moto days which has saved many a busted lever/body

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    Not sure how much of a tinkerer you are and how much you like looks, but if you're a tinkerer and don't mind maybe them not being the "prettiest", then you could try mending that with some JB weld or some such. Also not sure where you're looking for replacement levers, bt CRC has the i-SpecB for under $40 each or you could get 2 Deore levers and just have them as a functioning backup set or for a spare bike You could also just keep them around for spare parts. Me personally would give repairing them a go as I've had good success with modern adhesives.

    As Haggis said, they should only be tight enough to stop them rotating under normal use, but not enough to stop them rotating in a crash.
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    Handy tip. - only tighten the clamps enough to stop them moving in use. They should be able to rotate in a crash. Old tip from moto days which has saved many a busted lever/body
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    Must have been one hell of a crash, those clamps are beefy.

    There's virtually no weight gain if you use deore levers as replacements.

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