Shimano Saint chainset review£189.00

Stepping up the standard, Saint style

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Shimano’s old Saint cranks were the benchmark for easy-use strength. These new ones are light enough to race but still burly. They’re a complete redesign on the proven hollow arm, integrated axle Hollowtech II platform, and use Duralumin alloy previously reserved for XTR and Dura-Ace. 

They feel monumentally stiff and their strength is equally impressive. Ground and ankle clearance is improved too, while deep bearing cups and a permanently fixed pedal insert also boost user friendliness.

Recent Shimano bottom brackets are running a lot longer than original ones, too. This double version has a usefully broad 36/22-tooth range behind a honeycomb bashguard designed to absorb impact shock rather than smashing the spider if you really case it.

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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