Shimano M535 Deore disc brake review£59.99

They’ve never been showstoppers but Shimano’s Deore brakes boast reliability and fit-and-forget convenience

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They’ve never been showstoppers but Shimano’s Deore brakes boast reliability and fit-and-forget convenience. Unlike other Shimano brakes they come fully bled and ready to fit with a universal mount, which avoids hassle. 

Power is below par for a given rotor size, but you can easily boost it with bigger discs (up to 203mm) if you want, and subtle control is good too.

They can boil up or fade in heavy high mountain use and the original pads don’t last long in winter conditions. They’re a bit heavier than other budget options too. Having used countless sets we know they’re totally reliable. You’ll find bits for them pretty much everywhere, which isn’t always guaranteed with budget brakes.

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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  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
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