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Shimano Brake Levers

edited August 2019 in MTB workshop & tech
Hi Guys,

Hopefully, a straightforward question???

I have recently fitted the Shimano SLX M675 brakes on to my bike and really like them. However, I’ve just seen the XT models and their levers, with the dimples running along the levers. I prefer these as you’ve got a little extra hold/grip.

I have seen replacement levers for the Shimano Deore XT BL-M8000 Lever Member Unit. My query is will these lever easily swap over for my existing Shimano SLX M675 levers?

Thanks in advance

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  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,706
    When was the last time your finger slippers off the brake lever?

    I have XT M785 brakes (no dimples) on my HT and M8000 brakes (dimples) on my FS and can't tell the difference in terms of lever grip.
    I suspect the hassle involved in changing the levers far outweighs any potential benefit.
    “Life has been unfaithful
    And it all promised so so much”

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  • steve_sordysteve_sordy Posts: 2,124
    Get some really rough sandpaper and rub it over the lever where your finger goes. Problem solved.
  • JBAJBA Posts: 2,706
    Or stick some grip tape to the brake levers.
    “Life has been unfaithful
    And it all promised so so much”

    Giant Trance 2 27.5 2016 ¦ Sonder Broken Road 2021¦ Bird Zero Mk1 ¦ Giant Revolt Advanced 2 2019 ¦ Giant Anthem 3 2015 ¦ Specialized Myka Comp FSR 2009
  • Thanks guys, appreciate your views, I may try the grip tape.
  • billycoolbillycool Posts: 833
    JBA wrote:
    When was the last time your finger slippers off the brake lever?

    I have XT M785 brakes (no dimples) on my HT and M8000 brakes (dimples) on my FS and can't tell the difference in terms of lever grip.
    I suspect the hassle involved in changing the levers far outweighs any potential benefit.

    I had exactly the same set-up on my HT and FS and never noticed a difference.

    The dimples make no difference at all!
    "Ride, crash, replace"
  • ed1973ed1973 Posts: 181
    You could get these
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Protector-Anti ... 4663944285
    Guy on a YouTube channel ‘Seth’ reviewed a pair and swears by them
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