Shimano XTR Trail M988 disc brake review£253.99

Reliable with great feel

BikeRadar score4/5

Shimano’s top XTR Trail brake packs in the technology to create an outstandingly controlled and sublime feeling all-mountain option. Setup is easy thanks to the hinged clamp, tool-free reach adjust for the one-finger lever and the leverage-altering, pad-clearance increasing ServoWave tracking. 

A high-volume version of Shimano’s latest double-barreled master cylinder design, Ice Technologies finned pads, plus Ice Tech steel and alloy sandwich rotors all aid heat management. This creates a cool-running big mountain brake at a cross-country weight.

The smooth control and progressive modulation is fantastic, and long-term reliability of our test sets has been perfect. Modular selling can offset the high complete price and the Ice Tech rotors come in six-bolt as well as Center Lock form.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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