Shimano Saint crankset review

A hardcore favourite: light but tough

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Shimano’s original heavy-duty groupset has been around for a while, but the chainset remains a hardcore favourite.

The Hollowtech arms are at the heart of its high performance – they’re stiff as hell but comparatively light. They’re tough enough for most riders, as is the polycarbonate chainguard around the double ring set-up. The pinch bolt secured fitting couldn’t be easier to use and we’ve never had trouble with loosening or unsettling creaks. It’s one of the cheaper hardcore cranks, too.

The loose pedal reinforcing inserts are a pain if you swap pedals regularly though, and the 32-tooth chainring on the double might be undergeared for some. You’ll also need a new bashguard if you get a bigger ring too.

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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