Shimano M535 Deore review£60.00

Unbeatable budget disc brakes

BikeRadar score4/5

Shimano’s basic brakes have never had outstanding performance, but they’ve always been dependable. New pricing makes them an unbeatable budget buy.

For a start, they use a proper double-sided calliper design at a price where most brakes are single-sided. They come fully bled and ready to use, too, with a universal mount setup, so consistent performance is guaranteed. They’re adequate in terms of power, and their weight is hefty, but modulation and control benefit from their lack of brutality.

Despite the low price – but probably because of the simple design and impeccable manufacturing standards – we’ve never had a single mechanical problem with any of the scores of Deore sets we’ve used on test bikes. 

They will fade if you really cook them on a long Alpine-style descent, but we’ve run them on olive oil (rather than the recommended mineral oil) in post-crash foreign holiday emergencies. 

You’re pretty much guaranteed back-up in any bike shop worldwide, too – all of which makes them a bargain no-brainer for only £60.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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