Shimano XTR Trail M988 disc brake review

Reliable with great feel

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £253.99 RRP | USD $402.87
Shimano XTR Trail M988 disc brake

Our review

Outstandingly controlled and sublime feeling all-mountain stoppers at a cross-country weight
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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. 

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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.

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

Product Specifications


Name Name, 0, 10, Name, M988 XTR Trail brake (complete) (12)
Brand Brand, 0, 20, Brand, Shimano

Features Features, 2, 0, Features, Average power: 112Nm
Weight (g) Weight (g), 2, 0, Weight (g), 407