Shimano LX Disc Brake review£74.95

LX is Shimano's workhorse brake. The two-piece calliper means the lever feel is softer than Saint/XT and others, but it's consistent and controllable. The brake comes as a ready-to-ride front and rear lever and calliperset for £120.

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LX is Shimano's workhorse brake. The two-piece calliper means the lever feel is softer than Saint/XT and others, but it's consistent and controllable.

The heat fade and low overall power we got from the 160mm rotor can be offset by choosing a 180 (£17.95) or 203mm (£19.95) rotor instead. Rotors are also available for Shimano's Center Lock splined system. The brake comes as a ready-to-ride front and rear lever and calliper set for £120, then you buy your choice of rotors and adaptors for the set.

There's no split clamp on the lever, but the post mount callipers are easy to fit and the brake is compatible with Dual Control shifters. It's a reasonable weight too, although you will need bigger rotors to compensate for lower power.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
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