Shimano Saint HTII bottom bracket review£45.00

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BikeRadar score4/5

When it comes to bottom brackets that actually spin well for a whole downhill race season, Shimano are in the hot seat everytime.

The updated bearings and seals in the Saint unit are the same as in XT/SLX bottom brackets, which means they last just as well if you’re putting the miles in.

However, the longer driveside bearing cup means there’s more thread left in the frame once you’ve clamped an E-Type (non-ISCG) chain device into position.

This also makes them more suitable for singlespeeders or other transmission tweakers who need to lock a guide in place.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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