Shimano has made some updates to the XTR brakes, promising better modulation and more power. They’ve also got two versions, one with a four-piston caliper (M9120), and one with a two-piston caliper (M9100). It probably goes without saying that the four-banger is targeted to the enduro crowd, and the two-piston targeted at the XC riders demanding lighter weight (you're on the M9100 model right now). The M9120 offers up a tool-free lever reach adjust knob, as well as the Free Stroke pad contact adjustment. Both of these adjustments are omitted on the M9100 in an effort to maximize weight reduction - however, the M9100 does still offer a tooled reach adjust. The M9100 brake caliper also loses the adjustable-angle banjo on the hose mount, a feature that is included on the M9120 brake caliper. Both the M9100 and M9120 caliper see the hydraulic line routed to the inboard for a very clean look. Bleed parts are top-facing for easy access.
The M9100 brake lever body features a carbon lever blade, again for lightest weight possible. The innards of the master cylinder remain roughly the same as Shimano's previous XTR brakes. The mounting split-clamp has been moved inboard, allowing for more room between your brake clamp and grip.
The Ice Tech Freeza rotors make their return to the new XTR lineup, and they certainly look the part. Very clean and pro look, and Shimano claims they dissipate heat 20% quicker than the previous Freeza rotors.
|Lever Reach Adjust:||Yes|
|Pad Contact Adjust:||No|
|Shifter Compatibility:||Shimano I-Spec EV|
|Reversible Lever Body:||No|
|Reversible Lever Body:||Carbon|
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