Shimano Saint disc brake review£225.00

Brutal power, great control

BikeRadar score3.5/5

The closed bar clamp on Shimano's Saint downhill brake slows setup and the Free Stroke bite point adjust is limited but the Servo-Wave leverage change mechanism means plenty of pad clearance for easy setup despite the big four-cylinder calliper.

While a sticky piston on our set meant lower-than-expected dyno power, they’re usually very powerful indeed. They need treating with respect at first, but modulation is excellent once you learn to be sparing with your stopping. 

Their reliability is legendary among our big mountain/bike park feedback groups, which helps offset the high weight and price. Modular selling means you can use existing rotors and mounts too.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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