Shimano Deore Mechanical Disc Brake Disc Brake System

3.49/5 (88 Reviews)
MSRP : $159.99


Product Description

Combined with the convenience of being able to use your existing levers & standard cables, and not ever having to deal with messy fluids or leaky seals, the Deore Mechanical Discs are a great upgrade for recreational riders looking for improved stopping power. Fits international standard (IS) disc mounts. For Manitou forks with direct-mount posts, please note you'll need to order the Manitou-specific front brake kit.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Todor

Date Reviewed: March 2, 2013

Strengths:    Price, reasonable stopping power

Weaknesses:    Heavy if you care

Bottom Line:   
Great brake for the value. Stops well in all conditions. Great for urban. Doesn't require any maintain, just the pads.

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by gorg_karlo a Cross Country Rider from Beijing

Date Reviewed: December 13, 2010

Strengths:    Price point. Works as expected. Good performance on wet/muddy conditions. Easy to modulate.

Weaknesses:    Squeals louder than a baby. Adjustment needs Allen key tool. Heavier compared to other competing models in the same price range.

Bottom Line:   
I am a cheapo at heart and would normally run cheapo parts to death before upgrading. But after flirting with another near-accident experience during one rainy day in Beijing, I decided that my ProMax V-Brakes had to go.

My LBS suggested me going hydraulics, but since I was famous for carelessness I opted to have mechanicals - also I did not want to break the wallet. Unfortunately no Avid BB7 - the sort that I am familiar with back in my home country, the Philippines. What they had in stock were the Shimano BR-M495 Mechanical Disc Brakes.

I had these fitted - and never looked back. For the price that I paid and the complement to my riding style, they are great. Excellent for people who still have the V-Brake affair - combined with very good V-Brake Levers they are easy to modulate. Plenty of power even with one finger pull.

My only gripe - it squeals louder than a baby once the bedding process is complete. Are all Shimano brake products like this? I guess this is natural with the resin pads used.

If you are not a weight weenie and would like to have a cheap but very robust mechanical brake system, I highly recommend these.

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Favorite Trail:   Changping Trails

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $115.00

Purchased At:   Beijing Jingshangmao

Similar Products Used:   V-Brakes of all sorts, Avid BB7

Bike Setup:   Giant ATX 7 Frame, 2010 Shimano DEORE Groupset, Mavic XM 117, SR Suntour AXON ELD Fork

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Michaelk a Weekend Warrior from Vancouver, BC, Canada

Date Reviewed: December 4, 2010

Strengths:    Stopping power, easy to adjust, pads wear well.

Weaknesses:    Needs to be adjusted to work well plain looking.

Bottom Line:   
I have the Shimano no name m416 mechanical disc brakes they came stock on my Brodie. If you have these brakes you might want to figure out how to adjust them. Unlike the Avid where you can adjust them with your hand. You need an Allen wrench on the inside of the brake (taking off the wheel helps). A couple of clicks of the allen wrench brings the pad in closer. To adjust the outer pad you can adjust the cable or with the barrel adjuster. The stock pads last a long time.

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Favorite Trail:   around Vancouver

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Mighty Riders

Bike Setup:   2009 Brodie Dynamo.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by lewis a Downhiller from sandpoint id us

Date Reviewed: September 13, 2010

Strengths:    Easy to tune and work with, and very strong. I have been using them on my dj lately. Not hard to find parts for it either.

Weaknesses:    The pads wear down after a few months. They wear down alot after just a week of straight riding. And plus they dont look good.

Bottom Line:   
These are a good brake for somebody who just wants 2 ride xcountry or firtjumping. Not to good for a downhill bike, for down hill i sugjest hayes 5.0 hydraulic.

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Favorite Trail:   fire trail, schweitzer

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $35.00

Bike Setup:   P.2. single speed drive, truvativ cranks truvativ stems and bars. eclat pedals maxiss hookworms and holy tires.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:5
Submitted by frosty a Cross Country Rider from Hampshire, UK

Date Reviewed: August 3, 2010

Strengths:    Price. Ease of set up.

Weaknesses:    Looks. They're hideous

Bottom Line:   
After having sooo many problems with the Mono Mini I went for the X2 but they just weren't compatable with the XTR gear shifters (flip flop levers too big). Needed a new set in a hurry and all the shop had were these Deores. Not sexy but so easy to set up and worked perfectly from the off set. No noise, easily bedded in and plenty of power for XC use. They are a bit on the heavy side so I will be changing for the XTR soon but in the mean time these are fine. Great for anyone on a budget!

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Favorite Trail:   Peak District

Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $130.00

Similar Products Used:   Hope Mini Mono, Juicy Five, Hope Tech X2

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC SE, Sid forks, XTR drive train

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by reeler a Weekend Warrior from Van Nuys, Ca., USA

Date Reviewed: April 6, 2010

Strengths:    inexpensive; good design; well made; very durable

Weaknesses:    big and heavy; squeaky when wet; pricy pads

Bottom Line:   
Good value, bulletproof brake setup for general MTB use.

These are the M515 model - got both on sale for $50 each.

Been riding for over 7 years on them and am just now replacing the pads.

Brakes work great untli they get wet, and then they are fairly useless - and loud.

But they dry off quickly, and recover their power fully.

Otherwise, I set them up and that was it; few adjustments were required, only cable take-up for pad wear.

Much better that rim brakes for mud and water crossings - which is why I bought them in the first place.

They are bulky, but they are indestructible.

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Favorite Trail:   Balboa basin

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   none

Bike Setup:   Raliegh M50 with everything upgraded

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by choyinosante a Weekend Warrior from cebu phils

Date Reviewed: December 15, 2009

Strengths:    Well! It's cheap compared to other famous American Brands. Works fine for regular biking and it looks good. Maintainance is smooth! This brake set can handle the job without punishing your pocket. Shimano, did a great for this one!

Weaknesses:    The pads... you need to replace it after a few months... Also the noise is quite annoying compared to other mech disc brakes...

Bottom Line:   
Shimano just realized the word VALUE... I live in a third world country and it's not also practical to spend that much.. Aslong you enjoy riding with your pals and buddies it's enough. Brakes really matters but, it also depends on how you take care yourself. If you are a member of the Philippine TEAM or the elite bikers society.. Why not??? More speed!

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Favorite Trail:   local trails / visayas island

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $55.00

Purchased At:   YKK Cebu

Similar Products Used:   Avid BB... Shimano XT.. V brakes (Alivio and Deore)

Bike Setup:   Just for cross country that can stand rough roads.. (KHS with mix Shimano parts and FSA)

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by debusama a Cross Country Rider from Spokane, Wa

Date Reviewed: March 29, 2009

Strengths:    They will lock if you squeeze hard enough, low maintenance (no bleeding)

Weaknesses:    They don’t really have the stopping power that a disk brake should.

Bottom Line:   
I have XT rotors that came with my new wheelset when I upgraded. I’m not sure how much difference it makes. I find the stopping power to be similar to quality v-brakes that I’ve used. You won’t get the stopping power that you might get from a hydro brake, or even an Avid BB 5/7, but you do get the benefit of not having your breaking surface covered in mud if you go through a puddle. I’ve had no problem locking up the wheels, but I do have to squeeze pretty hard to do it, which gets tiresome on long descents.

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Favorite Trail:   Riverside State Park

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Hayes Sole, XT v-brakes, avid BB5.


Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jxcrider a Weekend Warrior from CA

Date Reviewed: January 19, 2009

Strengths:    grabs through rain or shine

Weaknesses:    i have the previous model which arent different other than looks and the pads are easy to wear away at need constant adjustment

Bottom Line:   
if your just looking to find sturdy brakes quick and you need 'em fast i reccomend these

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Performance Bicycle

Similar Products Used:   none


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by MArtinGC a Cross Country Rider from Mexico

Date Reviewed: December 16, 2008

Strengths:    cheap, better than low level Vbrakes, easy setup and alingment

Weaknesses:    for long downhills it's hard to hang the handle, but is the same with V's

Bottom Line:   
I'm 158p, so no big deal for this brakes I'm gona up to hidraulics, but set this on other Vbrake bike

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Favorite Trail:   Las LLantas, Chiluca

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $50.00

Purchased At:   transvisionbike

Similar Products Used:   Deore V's

Bike Setup:   Alubike 0.2, Marzocchi 44 Tst2, Deore LX and TX dereauliers

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Ktse a Weekend Warrior from Ontario, Canada

Date Reviewed: August 20, 2008

Strengths:    Brakes work in rainy and muddy conditions far better than the typical rim brakes. Good consistent modulation in all conditions. Very smooth operation, no gritty feel while on the muddy trails.

Weaknesses:    These are weak in comparison to rim brakes in the dry possibly due to the resin pads. The brakes have no catch and are require a lot of effort to slow down. I cannot get these brakes to lock up on the front brake and will often result in brake shudder under threshold braking. I have bedded and adjusted the brakes correctly, but the results are still disappointing.

Bottom Line:   
Not a true substitute for good V brakes unless you intend on riding in wet or muddy conditions a lot. On typical rim brakes I can easily lock up the front and tip the bike forward because of the catch; these brakes lack the power to do such things in the dry.

Save your money and buy Avids if you want good mechanical disc brakes.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Purchased At:   Came with the bike.

Similar Products Used:   Avid BB5's, generic rim brakes

Bike Setup:   Stock 2008 GF Wahoo Disc

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by jim from NSW, Australia

Date Reviewed: May 4, 2008

Strengths:    Robust, durable, low maintenance, multiple adjustment points, good modulation for mech brakes, stylish, cheap

Weaknesses:    Heavy, less-than-easy adjustment due to unimaginative design - they require an allan key through the spokes to raise/lower the pads from the INside, compared with Avid BB7s which have a tool-less dial on the OUTside.

Bottom Line:   
I've commuted 1500km on these and they're still good. Overall Avid BB7s are better because they weigh less and don't need tools to adjust. Otherwise they're much the same, with similar braking power, modulation and multiple adjustment points.

These are good mech brakes for the AUD$60 I paid for them.

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Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Avid BB7

Bike Setup:   XTR frame, Spinner Aeris forks, LX cranks, SRAM X7 shifters & mechs, Avid 7 levers

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by O2 a Weekend Warrior from Canberra

Date Reviewed: September 6, 2007

Strengths:    Cheap and effective. Need shimming to set clearance.....clamp breaks onto a few sheets of paper and then tighten the tension screws. Simple and they stay good for weeks. Tension adjustment fast and no bleeding ever needed.

Weaknesses:    hmmm well thats a tough one

Bottom Line:   
These are great. 3000 km on set #1 pads and they work fine. Use a decent low friction cable liner so they release with a snap. How can you complain about these...set them up and they work a treat.

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Favorite Trail:   stromlo

Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Purchased At:   supplied on Merida

Similar Products Used:   done with v's

Bike Setup:   Merida with Deore groupset.

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jeff Pendergraft a Weekend Warrior from Colton CA, 92324

Date Reviewed: July 8, 2007

Weaknesses:    Brakes have almost no stopping power

Bottom Line:   
When I bought these brakes on ebay the price seemed too good to be true, and it was. They have no stopping power. I put them on and thought that they needed adjusting or to be broken in, but they still wouldn't stop right. Spend the extra money on Avid or Hayes, I am much happier now with the Avid BB7.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $60.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Avid BB7

Bike Setup:   GT i-drive pretty much stock

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by aventado69 a Weekend Warrior from the Inland Empire

Date Reviewed: November 15, 2006

Strengths:    these brake are simple so they last with an adjustment or two every so often

Weaknesses:    none specially for the price

Bottom Line:   
so now i've had them with the same pads for four years and i ride hard for a few hours on the weekends and bike to school to take my daughter for excersize in the mornings for a few miles at 6' 2" 300 lbs and they work just fine. they were a little weak but now i just replaced the pads and got adaptors for 203mm 8" rotors and if they stopped before with 6" rotors they have incredible stopping power with 8" discs. it was hard to get used to them, they brake so hard they almost threw me over a few times!! there is also less stress on them with an eight inch disc and could lock em' up with one finger!! for the price they beat the competition by $-hundreds-$ with the same result!

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   came with bike

Similar Products Used:   brand new juicy 7s for a week then the thing leaked eveywhere so back to mechanical

Bike Setup:   surly instigator orange sm with deore eveything, hubs, cranks, the whole package salsa bar and psylo fork with rhino lytes now with haro escape frame L

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