Shimano XT SL-M8000-I 2-/3-/11-speed Shifters w/ I-Spec II - black/2/3x11 speed

Shimano XT SL-M8000-I 2-/3-/11-speed Shifters w/ I-Spec II

Item number: 48713

The Shimano XT SL-M8000-I shifters offer more flexibility thanks to I-Spec II

The Shimano XT SL-M8000-I shifter set consists of a left shifter (2x and 3x without mode converter) and a right shifter (11-speed), both of which can be flexibly adjusted in their position and rotation. This is made possible by the I-Spec II design, which allows space-saving integrated mounting on a compatible brake lever. This ensures the greatest possible flexibility and a tidy look on the handlebars. The SL-M8000-I feature ergonomic, differently textured levers and a further improved Vivid Index mechanism - always known for crisp feedback. The set comes with Optislick inner cables, which reduce the effort required for shifting by 20%.
Thanks to Rapidfire Plus technology, the shifters can shift down several gears at once and feature the 2-Way Release function, which allows the shift cable to be released both by pulling with the index finger and pressing with the thumb. Of course, Instant Release for accelerated gear changes and - in the 11-speed version - Multi Release for the fastest possible shifting in both directions are also on board.


Deore XT M8000
Cross Country, All Mountain
2/3x, 11-speed
I-Spec II

Technical Information:

Rapidfire Plus
Body Material:
Lever Material:
aluminium (main lever), composite material (GFRP)/ steel (release lever)
stainless steel (Optislick)

Adjustment Options:

  • cable adjust
  • position adjust
  • shift lever rotation adjust


MTB 2x11-speed:
Front Derailleur:
FD-M9020, FD-M9025, FD-M8020, FD-M8025, FD-M7020-11, FD-M7025-11, FD-M5100
FC-M9000-2, FC-M9020-2, FC-M9020-B2, FC-M8000-2, FC-M8000-B2, FC-M7000-2, FC-M7000-B2, FC-M5100-2, FC-M5100-B2, FC-MT700-2, FC-MT700-B2, FC-MT600-2, FC-MT600-B2
Rear Derailleur:
RD-M9000, RD-M8000, RD-M7000-11, RD-M5120, RD-M4120
CS-M9001, CS-M8000, CS-M7000-11, CS-M5100-11
CN-HG901-11, CN-HG701-11, CN-HG601-11, CN-LG500
Brake Lever:
I-Spec II

MTB 3x11-speed:
Front Derailleur:
FD-M9000, FD-M8000
FC-M9020-3, FC-M8000-3
Rear Derailleur:
RD-M9000-SGS, RD-M8000-SGS
CS-M9001, CS-M8000, CS-M7000-11, CS-M5100-11
CN-HG901-11, CN-HG701-11, CN-HG601-11, CN-LG500
Brake Lever:
I-Spec II


  • max. number of gears per shift: 4 (main lever, rear)
  • ergonomic design for long untroubled riding pleasure
  • 20% easier rear shifting
  • Optislick inner cable with a minimal galvanic coating for more efficient cable routing and corrosion resistance
  • longer lever body: uniformly stable shifting operations
  • non-slip main lever - thumb operation
  • wider operating surface of the release lever - thumb operation
  • improved Vivid Index mechanism (compared to SL-M780)
  • tidy, adjustable cockpit
  • rotation adjustment for better ergonomics
  • 2x bearings
  • painted body and main lever


Rapidfire Plus
Rapidfire Plus is a type of Shimano shift lever construction that has been common in the mountain bike sector since 1985. Two levers, the main lever and the release lever, are used instead of a twist shifter. Rapidfire Plus shift levers, as the name suggests, ensure fast shifting. In addition, depending on the model, it is possible to downshift up to three gears with one shift stroke.

With 2-Way-Release, the shifter can be pressed and pulled to shift to the smaller sprocket or chainring. This allows you to adjust the shifting process to your personal preferences. Most Rapidfire Plus shifters are equipped with 2-Way Release.

Instant Release
With Instant Release, the spring and thus the cable are released immediately when the lever is actuated, which ensures an enormously fast shifting process. The delay caused by a two-step shifting process with click and release is eliminated, so that the gear change is considerably accelerated and improved.

Multi Release
With the Multi Release, which only affects the right-hand shift lever, two gears can be shifted with one actuation of the release lever without loss of shifting speed. This is independent of whether you use a Top-Normal or a Low-Normal rear derailleur.

I-Spec II
I-Spec II describes a variant of the connection between the brake lever and the shift lever on MTB or, more precisely, flatbar gears from Shimano. This type of mount makes for a tidy cockpit as it reduces the number of clamps needed. On some models it is also possible to adjust the shift lever both horizontally and vertically in relation to the brake lever. Then there is 12 mm of adjustment travel in the longitudinal direction and/or up to 15° of rotation - for optimum ergonomic adaptation to your riding style, seat position and anatomy.

Manufacturer Number:



  • 1 x pair Shimano XT SL-M8000-I shifters
  • 1 x Shimano cable, 1800 mm
  • 1 x Shimano cable, 2050 mm
  • 1 x Shimano 1320 mm cable housing
  • 1 x Shimano 1880 mm cable housing
  • 5 x Shimano 6 mm sealed end caps
  • 1 x Shimano long nose end cap


  • black/2/3x11 speed: 230 g (Paar)
  • 100 day return period
  • Online since 1998
  • Trusted Shop 4.85 / 5.00


  • black/2/3x11 speed, in stock

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