Shimano M575 disc brakes review

Revamped budget braking

Our rating 
2.0 out of 5 star rating 2.0
GBP £91.98 RRP | USD $134.33

Our review

It’s very rare we say “don’t bother” about Shimano, but these brakes really deserve it
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Shimano’s M575 brakes extend the new ‘right angle’ design to the Deore end of their range. Unfortunately the performance of the several sets we’ve tried doesn’t match the contemporary look.


Changing the layout does bring benefits beyond just aesthetics. The levers run left or right, there’s a two-bolt clamp for easy fitting/removal and there’s more space on your bars. At 432g for a160mm setup they’re not too heavy either.

However, they lack power and need a proper ‘grim death’ grip to get anything like reassuring anchorage unless you run a larger than usual rotor.

While the crooked lever shape is nice and secure, brake feel comes off as numb and wooden. And because you’re busy pulling harder most of the time the brake feels even more uncommunicative.

We went through a set of standard issue resin pads on one test set half way through a six-hour ride. This left us working the remaining anchor so hard we cooked the mineral oil and ended up using a dry stone wall as an emergency brake.


Granted, that’s only happened once and aftermarket pads would obviously help, but none of the other sets we’ve tried have really impressed us and it’s not even cheap once you’ve totted up all the bits.

What it lacks in performance it makes up in looks: what it lacks in performance it makes up in looks

Product Specifications


Name M575 Disc Brakes (Pair) (09)
Brand Shimano

Features * Brake lever features reach adjustment for perfect custom fit * Can be used with the revolutionary Centre-Lock rotor system which fits easily to Centre-Lock compatible hubs; alternatively conventional 6-bolt rotors can be used all in a choice of 160 mm, 180 mm and 203 mm * Opposed 2-piston design reduces leading effect and optimal pad wear increases braking control * Two piece calliper design is both ridged and durable * * The kit also contains resin pads (BR-M575 can be used with sintered), plus spare olives and insert should you wish to adjust the length of the cuttable hoses
Available Colours Black
Front/Rear Caliper Universal
Brake Rotor Diameters 160mm