Shimano Zee M640 mountain bike disc brakes£139.97

Powerful bargain brake

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Shimano's Zee brakes is the ultimate cost-effective stopper. It uses an almost identical four-cylinder calliper to Shimano’s flagship Saint brake, and actually fractionally outstopped its more expensive sibling on the dyno.

ServoWave cam leverage gives outstanding modulation and the extra pad retraction simplifies set-up. While you don’t get finned Ice Tech pads as standard, heat tolerance is still fine and you can always upgrade.

You can add conventional or Ice Tech FREEZA radiator rotors to the £109.99 brake or run your existing kit. Inside-edge hose routing plus Allen key reach-adjust make it uplift tough, and huge power and control plus easy upgrading make the Zee brake a bargain too.

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

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