Replacement Shimano lever member unit (blade) for Shimano BL-M8100 brake levers.
- Deore XT BL-M8100 brake lever (BR-M8100 & BR-M8120 brake sets & calipers)
This blade is designed to serve as the sacrificial weakest link that preserves more expensive parts of Deore XT BL-M8100 brake levers. My originals worked as designed during an unfortunate OTB incident which broke one side and bent the other, so I opted to replace both. Front/Left was out of stock so I ordered two Rear/Right and reused the original Front/Left spring since the blades are identical otherwise. I paid extra to expedite delivery from Arizona to Maryland which took only two business days via USPS Priority Mail. Installation was relatively straightforward (back out the clamp screw, pop out the pin through the top, remove blade with spring, and replace), though getting the spring lined up with the lever while reinserting the pin is tedious (there may be a trick that I don't know). No need to bleed the cylinders!
Deore XT BL-M8100 Brake Lever Blade
Everyone knows Shimano XT is a sweet spot for price and durability, and the 8100 series components don't disappoint. That being said, these levers will break when hit in a crash. I'm glad I was able to find this replacement lever without having to replace the master cylinder assembly. The return spring is a little hard to reinstall so have some patience :) Thank Thunder Mountain
Not compatible with SLX 7100 brake levers as hoped and unable to return since attempted install of blade
broke my brake lever blade and was so happy to find this rather than have to get the whole brake lever assembly (which is unavailable for 12 months anyways, yay supply chain..) customer service was great and was able to expedite shipping to make some scheduled rides. thx thunder mountain bikes!