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The Shimano Saint Assembled Hydraulic Disc Brake Set uses a dual-piston system for increased power and modulation when it really matters. Years of R&D and testing by pro freeriders like Thomas Vanderham have led to a totally dialed system. These breaks provide up to 50% more power over older Saint versions, so you won’t worry about arm pump when you drop into the steep. Whether you’re pinning a DH race run or need something to stop your big freeride bike, you can count on this pre-assembled system.

Tech Specs

Lever Adjustability:
reach, pull, modulation
Caliper Adjustability:
Mount Type:
IS, post
mineral oil
Claimed Weight:
312 g
Recommended Use:
downhill, freeride
Manufacturer Warranty:
3 years

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5 5

Powerful Brakes

These are the most powerful brakes I have ever used. The modulation of them is unmatched and the lever and pad contact adjust-ability is top notch. Saint brakes inspire confidence and give you the ability to brake later into corners, but also shed just enough speed to navigate through techy lines. If you are building a DH rig or looking for an upgrade for your current ride you will not be disappointed.

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Will the saint calipers work with 2012 Xtr...

Will the saint calipers work with 2012 Xtr levers

5 5

If you don't know now you know.

Starting at the levers, they’ve been reworked and are quite different then the new XT/XTR style mid/high pivot location and feature aluminum reach adjustment as well as an free stroke screw. . I’m not sure if I personally like the way the lever travels upon actuation but the feel of the Shimano Servowave technology is quite impressive. Looking at the lever more, you can see that there are a good bit of screws as well on the lever in general and the one piece clamp means you’ll have to remove your grips to install or remove them. The one piece clap means it snaps when you crash/bail rather then having a screw or a back side clamp fail. Keep them lightly tightened so they will move out of the way rather then snap off. Overall the brake system worked near flawlessly outside of some ambient squealing they seemed to develop after getting broken in. The calipers come with metallic pads and these are typically louder than organic pads but I didn't really hear anything since I now have the confidence to go full speed and knowing I will be able to stop on a dime. While some squealing can often be felt in the lever itself as a shuddering gobble, the Saint brakes did not feel this way which was good. Brakes are one of the key parts on a bike and the Saint brakes instill confidence. The brakes felt best under heavy braking (or last minute braking) but didn’t feel like they lost too much modulation in the slower sections that required a bit more finesse. It was easy to feel / predict the power of the brakes (especially at speed) and that is something a lot of brakes often lack. Power and a feel that no other brake can beat, I will never run another brake. Thank you Saint.

If you don't know now you know.

I am currently running Avid Code 5s w/ 203...

I am currently running Avid Code 5s w/ 203 rotors on a Giant Reign X1, will the avid 203 adapter work?

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No. All brake manufacturer have slight differences in their sizing. If you run Shimano then you should use Shimano adapters, they will fit perfectly and your pads/rotors will last a lot longer. I ran some Avid's on my bike for a little while and when I got my Saint I was so pumped that I just slide it on and forgot to install the new Shimano adapter. Once I tried to get the wheel on the rotor wouldn't clear the caliper. So I put my Shimano adapter on and it lined up perfectly.

4 5

The Benchmark For Brakes

These brakes help set the standard for the DH/Freeride brakes on the market! They are still lightweight enough they don't hamper that uber light DH race build but burly enough they can still be counted on the put a halt to that failed attempt at the 30 ft Road Gap you sissied out on. So whether you rally the Garbanzo DH or huck down Upper Oil Can these brakes are the stuff!

Great adjustability for reach and pad contact plus great modulation, none of that on/off braking.
Brakes I have owned in the past: Magura Gustav(the OG yellow ones), Hayes Nine, Shimano XT(older style), All the Avid Juicy brakes, and even a few sets of the old Magura HS-22 on my old bikes.

hey, what type of rotors should you have...

hey, what type of rotors should you have with these brakes? will hayes stroker ryde rotors work?

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Any rotor will work with these brakes save for maybe some of the older Magura rotors which were slightly thicker than the standard rotor of today. The only compatibility issue you will have to worry about will be the size of the rotor and the mounting interface.

do i have to have the saint hub to run the...

do i have to have the saint hub to run the saint brakes?

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No any hub will work
The hub will dictate the type of Rotor you need
and make sure you buy the right adapter for the size of rotor.

5 5


I bought this for the front and hayes stroker carbon for the rear. HUGE difference! I expected this and this is why I put the hayes on rear to counter locking. I love the Saint setup. Definately command your wheel with ease of reach and modulation.

5 5

the best yet

These brakes blow every other competitor out of the running. I've had avid 3,5,and code5's, but these are so much better.

They have unbelievable power and modulation, but probably my favorite thing about these brakes are how they setup on your bars, they just have a great feel. IMO the ergonomic lever has the perfect draw and the on-the-go lever reach adjustment has really come in handy on the trail. Setup is a breeze, took me less than fifteen minutes and the factory bleed is supeb.

What does this include, exactly?

What does this include, exactly?
Lever, hose, rotor, caliper, pads?

I'm assuming it's sans-rotor.

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Beware, I purchased an "assembled" Saint brake off the site for the front and I was shipped a caliper, no hose, no rotor, no lever. BC said they were going to change the verbiage but...

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The brake should include what is pictured, a complete, pre-bled brake without a rotor. That is how mine were shipped to me. Rotors a purchased separately so you can decide if you need 6 bolt or center lock.

crb2679009 sounds like you just bought the caliper, not the item listed above.

hey everyone,i'm deciding between the...

hey everyone,i'm deciding between the saints and the magura gustavs...i'm using hayes now ,and hate them !!!!!!!(on a cannondale judge team dh rig)..any feedback would be helpful.....

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Shimano will be much easier to locate parts, pads, and service for than Magura.

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Magura's are one of the worst bakes out. I would rather have a BB7 then a Magura. Saint all the way!