Previewed: 2009 Shimano Saint M810

Shimano Saint components have been around since 2004 and since that time have become renown for their strength and reliability under extreme use. It’s very exciting then to announce the second generation of Saint. Shimano has given the group a complete top-to-bottom redesign taking into account current riding trends in aggressive mountain biking. Mountain bikers these days tend to be riding more precise and technical lines on shorter travel bikes than five years ago, the new group has these riders in mind as Saint sheds a lot of weight, improves it’s stiffness and can adapt to even more bike build options.

More powerful brakes
The new Saint disc brake system yields 50% more stopping power. The Saint Hydraulic Disc Brake Caliper uses a 4-piston, dual-diameter design that accommodates more oil for better temperature management while maintaining superior modulation and improving pad wear. The new Saint Hydraulic Servo-Wave Brake Lever improves modulation and uses an intuitive tool-free brake lever reach adjustment for on trail adjustments. A redesigned brake lever blade incorporates a more solid ergonomic construction for a more comfortable and confident grip.

More precise shifting
The new Saint Shadow Rear Derailleur uses the same Shimano Shadow low profile design that tucks into the rear dropout to avoid unexpected impacts, but the new Saint design is reinforced using a super-wide link design with a skid plate for a more rigid and durable structure. Spring tensions are revised for added response and controlled shifts while a mode converter allows versatility to fit cogset gear ratios that suit both downhill and all-mountain use. The new Saint Shadow rear derailleur is no longer mounted to the rear hub axle, it mounts off of a standard derailleur hanger, saving 100 grams from the previous M800 version.

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