Shimano M575 disc brakes review£91.98

Revamped budget braking

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Shimano’s M575 brakes extend the new ‘right angle’ design to the Deore end of their range. Unfortunately the performance of the several sets we’ve tried doesn’t match the contemporary look.

Changing the layout does bring benefits beyond just aesthetics. The levers run left or right, there’s a two-bolt clamp for easy fitting/removal and there’s more space on your bars. At 432g for a160mm setup they’re not too heavy either.

However, they lack power and need a proper ‘grim death’ grip to get anything like reassuring anchorage unless you run a larger than usual rotor.

While the crooked lever shape is nice and secure, brake feel comes off as numb and wooden. And because you’re busy pulling harder most of the time the brake feels even more uncommunicative.

We went through a set of standard issue resin pads on one test set half way through a six-hour ride. This left us working the remaining anchor so hard we cooked the mineral oil and ended up using a dry stone wall as an emergency brake.

Granted, that’s only happened once and aftermarket pads would obviously help, but none of the other sets we’ve tried have really impressed us and it’s not even cheap once you’ve totted up all the bits.

What it lacks in performance it makes up in looks: what it lacks in performance it makes up in looks
What it lacks in performance it makes up in looks: what it lacks in performance it makes up in looks

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.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
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