Shimano Zee M640 mountain bike disc brakes review£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.

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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