Shimano Saint disc brake review£109.98

Superb reliability & low price from venerable all-mountain stopper

BikeRadar score4/5

Saint brakes have been around for ages, but superb reliability and low price make even these oldies a decent option. 

The levers are a bit dated and there’s no adjustment except for blade reach, but they sit alongside Shimano or SRAM shifters happily. Lever feel is consistently smooth, even on old sets.

There’s little leverage in the brake by modern standards so 203mm rotors are pretty much essential for proper mountain work. 

We don’t recommend them for drag anchor merchants, because the mineral oil mechanicals can boil up if you really beast them. 

Having to put them together from separate brake and lever pieces is a pain, but once together they have great reliability, which boosts already good value.

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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