Shimano boosts braking power with new XT brakes

Four-piston brakes plus an e-MTB crankset

Shimano is adding a new four-piston brake and an e-mountain bike crankset, both at the second-tier XT trim.

Shimano Deore XT BR-M8020 brakes

A four-piston brake caliper is back in the Shimano XT family
A four-piston brake caliper is back in the Shimano XT family

Shimano is back in the four-piston brake game at the XT level. According to Shimano, the new M8020 brake offers 20-percent more power than the two-piston M8000 series version. We’re hopeful this addition will also provide a wider range of modulation, too.

The M8020 brake caliper is compatible with the existing XT M8000 brake lever.

The BR-M8020 brake system will retail for $200 per wheel for a pre-bled caliper and lever set when it becomes available in December.

Riders with existing M8000 levers looking for more stopping power will be glad to learn they can purchase the calipers separately for $120.

(UK and Australian pricing TBC.)  

Shimano Deore XT FC-M8050 crankset

Shimano has added a burlier XT crankset for e-MTB duties
Shimano has added a burlier XT crankset for e-MTB duties

In addition to more powerful brakes, Shimano is also releasing an XT-level crankset for e-mountain bike riders. This new Hollowtech crankset is more robust and will be offered in a 165mm version to help e-MTB riders minimize pedal strikes when pedaling through technical terrain.

Pricing is yet to be announced. The XT FC-M8050 crankset will be available in December.

Visit http://bike.shimano.com/ for more information.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
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