Shimano Saint Brakes Review

May 22, 2023
David Sunnyside

One of the most important factors when buying any type of bike, parts or accessories is quality. This is especially true for Brakes. You want to be able to trust that what you're purchasing is going to last, perform well and stand up to the toughest of riding conditions.

Fortunately, this is one area where Shimano really shines. The Saint brakes are a rider favorite, and they've been around for a few years now. They feature a 4-piston design, are simple to install and bleed like a dream. Shimano has also made some improvements to the brakes, based on feedback from riders. The new PD-MX80 pedal is 3mm wider and 8.5mm thinner than the older DX model, while still featuring the same great market proven axle durability. The pins are now adjustable in height via washers, and the calipers have been improved to deliver better modulation.

These brakes are a no-brainer for anyone who wants to step up their downhill game. They're powerful enough to slow you down at World Cup racing speeds, yet still manage to be incredibly durable for the price. They feature shorter lever blades that are designed for one finger use, and they don't interfere with the thumb knuckle like some other levers do.

While they may not be as lightweight as other options, they're a solid choice for any trail or downhill mountain biker who's looking for a durable set of brakes that are easy to install and can handle the toughest of terrain.

David Sunnyside
Co-founder of Urban Splatter • Digital Marketer • Engineer • Meditator
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