SHIMANO DISC BRAKES ARE READY Shimano’s much hyped Deore XT disc brakes are finally ready to hit retailers and we have a set! Early last fall, Shimano produced a few prototype versions of its disc brake system. We rode them and were happy with their performance and then they disappeared from sight (leaving more than a few bike company’s scrambling for replacements) Finally, now that it is early year 2000, the system is here in final production form. Close inspection reveals that all the major features of the prototypes made it to production: it is an open system with dual pistons, braided steel lines, adjustable lever engagement and mineral fluid. There will be one standard system with 160mm stainless steel rotors marking the system targeted for cross-country but applicable for downhill. Since you can?t just go out to the garage and snip the steel lines down to size, Shimano will offer a multitude of pre-cut lengths at the dealer level to get the best frame fit. Weight for the system is 440 grams per wheel and suggested retail will be a comparatively low $360 a set without hubs. New disc compatible Deore XT hubs (in black or silver) will be $60 for the front and $85 for the rear. As of now, we have been riding the brakes and can tell you they are proving to be high quality stoppers. As soon as we get some real mileage on the system we will give you a full feature test.
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