So today after having dismantled and rebuilt my 36er a few weeks ago I took it for a ride.
Realised immediately that my brake lever (XTR BL-9020) was too far forwards but hadn’t taken tools so was just accepting it.
Having not ridden for a few weeks I then proceeded to have a slow speed step-off-the-front UPD, smashing the carbon fibre brake lever into two pieces upon contact the ground
Normally it would have been protected by my bar ends, but the incorrect placement meant it hit the ground first.
So now I need a new one.
(I’ve also had some issues with seal contamination (I suspect) leading to migrating bite-point that recently in storage had got much worse so I’m not looking to replace just the carbon fibre lever part, rather the whole lever assembly. A teardown and potential fix was on my list but I hadn’t got around to it, and now it doesn’t feel worth it.)
Should I try and get the same from somewhere? A 9100? A 9120? Something else? I don’t want one with the stupid plastic guides that break (if they still make those) as that was the reason I ended up with the XTR over the older XT/SLX in the first place.
I don’t care about weight, or i-spec compatibility, just that it’s a nice 2 finger lever one and has servo wave.
My caliper’s a single XT/SLX something or other - it works just fine so I’m not looking to change that right now.