The question is: are Shimano XT M8100 disc brakes worth the painful bleed regime? We’d say no. We’d go for Shimano’s Deore M6000 series brakes instead.
Just like Shimano didn't rush with the release of their Shimano XT M8100 drivetrain, we haven’t rushed this review. 2,000km of testing later...
The imaginatively named Shimano SH-AM902 is the top model in their gravity range, and this year sees a couple of improvements over the older 901.
The 12-speed Shimano XT M8100 crank profile is derived from the latest Shimano XTR chainset and uses a direct-mount chainring.
Shimano SLX M7100 crank is the lowest-tier crank using Shimano’s top-level manufacturing technology and comes in a swish gunmetal blue or black colourway.
Shimano ME5 SPD shoes are just that bit more comfortable with better fit than their rivals. This iteration is being discounted - more of a bargain!
Shimano EP8 has sufficient power, a refined engagement, improved software and a really quiet operation, all wrapped up in a lightweight, compact package.
Shimano Deore M6000 disc brake keeps bumping up the standard of what a budget stopper can really be, premium performance with a great price.
The Unzen 6 from Shimano uses a unique strap design dubbed the X-Harness to hold the pack stable against your back.
This brand new Shimano AM5 is Shimano’s best value trail and enduro SPD shoe and shares some neat technology and features with pricier models.
All the action with the Shimano XT M8020 disc brake is at the caliper; four ceramic pistons which Shimano claims a boost in power and heat dissipation.
Shimano Saint flat pedals have new, bigger cold-forged platforms, but a slimmer chromoly axle and more sculpting means they’re lighter than previously.
Supple Shimano GR9 feels pretty invisible on your foot, with a planted sole that gives good pedal feedback, but it’s not that supportive or locked in place.
The Shimano GR7 has a new, high-grip Michelin sole and uses laces rather than a tensioning loop system and also has a neoprene ankle collar.
The Athertons' influence is clear to see in the Shimano AM9, with protection and grip to suit harsh riding conditions and the most aggressive riding.
It’s hard to know where to begin with the new Shimano XTR M9100 groupset. Not least because it’s essentially three groupsets in on!
Super slim and refreshingly simple, the E6000 unit can sit happily between your grip and your dropper remote without impeding access to either.
The Shimano Zee M640 disc brake comes with a Servo-Wave brake lever, 4-piston ceramic disc brake caliper, high-power hose and short lever for stiffness.
The Shimano AM7 MTB Flat Pedal Shoes are all-mountain and downhill specific, intended to provide optimum pedal connectivity, rider comfort, and protection.
Barring some small cosmetic differences, the Shimano XT M8020 Trail pedal has changed very little since it was first introduced.