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Brake Lever Upgrade

veagnoxveagnox Posts: 77
edited November 2016 in MTB general
Hi guys. I have a short and simple question. I have Simano BR-M355 Hyrdolic Disk Brake System and I'm so happy with it. But brake levers are so uncomfortable and I want to upgrade to SLX M675. So the question is, can I upgrade my brake levers only and leave everything else as M355?

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  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,820
    You can, but they are getting harder to buy on their own.

    For £120 you can get SLX brake set.
    If you don't want to spend that much then get Deore for £100.
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  • swod1swod1 Posts: 1,639
    You could buy a set of deore m615 brakes these have the shorter 1 finger levers if that is what your after?
  • veagnoxveagnox Posts: 77
    JBA wrote:
    You can, but they are getting harder to buy on their own.

    For £120 you can get SLX brake set.
    If you don't want to spend that much then get Deore for £100.

    Hi and thanks for reply. The links you suggested leads to SLX brake set, not only levers. I want to change levers only
  • veagnoxveagnox Posts: 77
    swod1 wrote:
    You could buy a set of deore m615 brakes these have the shorter 1 finger levers if that is what your after?

    Hi and thanks for reply. Yes, the problem is exactly about 1 finger braking and I want to buy SLX levers each for 35$ (total 70$) from Amazon : https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-lever-assembly-SLX-BL-M675-B/dp/B00DKFGM68/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1476602794&sr=8-1&keywords=slx+brake+lever. And the question is, if I buy these levers, will they work perfectly with my M355 brake system, or am I supposed to change the whole system?
  • RockmonkeySCRockmonkeySC Posts: 14,770
    Yes, they will work fine.
  • POAHPOAH Posts: 3,369
    hose is a different size on the cheaper shimano brakes, for all the hassel I would just buy a complete system
  • kiniookinioo Posts: 776
    veagnox wrote:
    JBA wrote:
    You can, but they are getting harder to buy on their own.

    For £120 you can get SLX brake set.
    If you don't want to spend that much then get Deore for £100.

    Hi and thanks for reply. The links you suggested leads to SLX brake set, not only levers. I want to change levers only

    Well if you read his post again - he says, levers are very hard to get separately, therefore he says you can get a full set of brakes.
  • veagnoxveagnox Posts: 77
    Yes, they will work fine.

    Hi and thanks for reply. That was the answer I was looking for =)
  • veagnoxveagnox Posts: 77
    POAH wrote:
    hose is a different size on the cheaper shimano brakes, for all the hassel I would just buy a complete system

    Hi and thanks for reply. Do you know if M355 and M675 hoses are the same or not? If you could answer this question correctly, surely it will be my answer for topic question
  • veagnoxveagnox Posts: 77
    kinioo wrote:
    veagnox wrote:
    JBA wrote:
    You can, but they are getting harder to buy on their own.

    For £120 you can get SLX brake set.
    If you don't want to spend that much then get Deore for £100.

    Hi and thanks for reply. The links you suggested leads to SLX brake set, not only levers. I want to change levers only

    Well if you read his post again - he says, levers are very hard to get separately, therefore he says you can get a full set of brakes.

    Hi and thanks for reply. Additionally thanks for your attention. I noticed what he says, after replying his comment, I replied to another user with link to levers only, that's why I not included links in first reply also. I mean I found the levers I need, just don't know if they will fit my brake system well or not
  • The RookieThe Rookie Posts: 27,757
    The hose is the same size, at the lever end its a straight fit into the lever.

    On the basis your levers will be almost worthless, consider getting a complete SLX brake and selling yours as complete and ready to use, may work out cheaper than just buying new levers.
  • POAHPOAH Posts: 3,369
    The Rookie wrote:
    The hose is the same size, at the lever end its a straight fit into the lever.

    Brake hose for the M355 has a larger bore than the hose on new SLX brakes, it will work but you'll have significantlly more lever movement to move the pads the same amount. Its not recommended to do it
  • POAH wrote:
    The Rookie wrote:
    The hose is the same size, at the lever end its a straight fit into the lever.

    Brake hose for the M355 has a larger bore than the hose on new SLX brakes, it will work but you'll have significantlly more lever movement to move the pads the same amount. Its not recommended to do it

    Thanks for attention, I will replace it with Deore, which has same hose size and 1 finger brake lever
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