The Saint M820 Disc Brakes may be the unsung heroes of the Shimano's pro-proven DH groupset, tweaked to perfection by their top level athletes across downhill, enduro, and freeride. In fact, Shimano's initial unveiling of the group was delayed slightly so the Japanese company could continue refining it according to the feedback from their elite racers, and the result is a shorter Servo Wave arm that modulates better than it's punchier predecessor, feeling more like XTR and allowing for more finesse while tempering speed to ensure you carry precisely as much momentum into techy corners and rock gardens as you want.
The Saint BR-M820 Brake Caliper implements four ceramic pistons which net the full-halt stopping power necessary to slow you down before entering particularly heinous rock gardens. Paired with the updated Saint Brake Lever, you’ll enjoy the reshaped lever, and updated Servo Wave technology which improves modulation. Servo Wave gives you more lever travel off the top, allowing the pads to sit farther away from the rotor and reducing rubbing. When you get deeper into the stroke, and the pads engage, Servo Wave acts like a cam, developing an incredible amount of power despite the lever’s even stubbier profile, and is responsible for Saint's unrivaled lock-out capabilities.
For some, the Saint brake's key difference with the less expensive Zee — tool-free lever adjustment — is an unnecessary luxury; however, for everyone from racers to aggressive freeriders the world over, the ability to quickly dial stopping power is priceless. The brakes are finished with one-way bleeding for ease of servicing and ship with a reinforced brake hose that resists deforming to keep brake feel consistent throughout the run.
- Shimano’s most powerful brake caliper for gravity riding
- Added space in the caliper improves power and reduces pad rub
- Ceramic 4-piston design for powerful braking on long descents
- Tool-free lever reach allows quick on-trail adjustments
- Refined Servo Wave action for better modulation and control
- One-way bleeding for ease of servicing and clean bleeds