Shimano Saint review

Saint is Shimano's heavy duty DH/ freeride group - not that you'd know it from this slimline stopper. Typically for Shimano, power for a given lever heave is low and, even with a 203mm rotor, it's nearer other brakes with a 160mm rotor.

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £122.42 RRP | USD $149.99
Shimano Saint

Our review

Neat looking brake but low on power and heat resistance for really heavy duty work.
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Saint is Shimano’s heavy duty DH/ freeride group – not that you’d know it from this slimline stopper. Typically for Shimano, power for a given lever heave is low and, even with a 203mm rotor, it’s nearer other brakes with a 160mm rotor. The single-piece calliper gives impeccable control when cool but power faded dramatically once the rotor really started cooking, so it’s not good for dragging down big mountains. The oversized Center Lock rotor only fits Saint hubs, so you’ll most likely use a standard Center Lock or six-bolt (via an adaptor) Shimano rotor. Bleeding is easy, the levers are colour matched and the price is low, even if weight is high.

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Product Specifications

Product

Name Saint Hydraulic Brakes
Brand Shimano

Front And Rear Brakes Sold Separately Yes
Brake Caliper Type Hydraulic Disc
Brake Rotor Diameters 160mm 203mm
Braking System Includes Levers
Brake Fluid Mineral
Road/Performance Compatibility Downhill Extreme MTB Freeride Freeride(lite)
Material Alloy
Brake Lever Type Hydraulic
Rotor Fitting Center Lock
Front Disc Diameter 203
Brake Pad Type Sintered (Disc)
Cable/Hydraulic Lever Hydraulic
Front/Rear Caliper Front Rear
Available Colours Black Silver
Weight (g) 545
Rear Disc Diameter 203
Open System Yes
Mount Compatibility adaptors available included adapter IS Mount Post Mount