Shimano Saint crankset review

A hardcore favourite: light but tough

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
GBP £160.00 RRP
Shimano Saint crankset

Our review

Not perfect, but light, lovely to use and more than strong enough for most riders
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Shimano’s original heavy-duty groupset has been around for a while, but the chainset remains a hardcore favourite.


The Hollowtech arms are at the heart of its high performance – they’re stiff as hell but comparatively light. They’re tough enough for most riders, as is the polycarbonate chainguard around the double ring set-up. The pinch bolt secured fitting couldn’t be easier to use and we’ve never had trouble with loosening or unsettling creaks. It’s one of the cheaper hardcore cranks, too.


The loose pedal reinforcing inserts are a pain if you swap pedals regularly though, and the 32-tooth chainring on the double might be undergeared for some. You’ll also need a new bashguard if you get a bigger ring too.

Product Specifications


Name M800 Saint chainset HollowTech II - 175 mm - 32 / 22T
Brand Shimano

Description For heavy duty riding
Features Reinforced pedal and crank arm interface with T-nut style steel threaded bushing
Colour Black
Bottom Bracket Type External
Bottom Bracket Included No
Chainrings Included Yes