Shimano Zee in a new line of gravity components that comes at a friendlier price point than the Shimano Saint big brother. The new Zee hydraulic disc brakes feature a powerful four piston caliper and shorty style brake levers. The brakes come with Ice Technology brake pads that will help keep your brakes running cool even when the downhill course gets gnarly. Zee brakes have One-Way bleeding, for fast and easy maintenance.
- I-spec B
- I-spec "B" type is the newer version, for the older I-spec "A" type
- SERVO WAVE lever pivot
- Shorty Levers
- High rigidity ceramic pistons for heat insulation
- Anti-slip dimpled lever blade
- Super stiff high power 3-layer brake hose for a more consistent lever feel
- One-Way bleed for easy and clean servicing
- 4 piston caliper
- Shimano H03C metallic pads included
- Note: Rotor is not included
Hydraulic Disc Brake Lever
- Short Servo Wave lever
- Ergonomic antiskid lever
- Tool less Reach Adjust
- Total designed rigidity
- I-spec compatible
- Weight: 116.7g
Hydraulic Disc Brake Caliper
- One Way Bleeding caliper
- Funnel bleeding tool
- High power 4-ceramic piston caliper
- Total designed rigidity
- Easy and clean bleeding
- ICE TECHNOLOGY Pad (option): H01A Resin/H03C Metal Lightweight brake pad: D01S Resin/D02S Metal
- Weight: 314g (F&R, Resin pad)
The Zee shifter uses Dyna-Sys cable stroke, which means linear shift effort across the range of the cassette. They get new paddle shapes with their standard 2-Way release and dimpled main lever. Because the group is 1×10, there’s only a right shifter offered…and it’s compatible with the new Saint below, meaning you could add that derailleur to an otherwise full Zee group.
Like any good gravity brake these days, the new Zee hydraulic caliper is a dual diameter four-piston design with ceramic pistons. Front system weight is 311g for the lever, hose and caliper with resin pads. Not sure of piston diameters, we’re looking into it, but they get a wider ICE Tech pads than what you’ll find on the XT and XTR calipers.
The new Saint disc brake takes Shimano ICE Technology layered rotor construction and adds a finned inner ring to improve air cooling. The new SM-RT99 Ultimate Clad rotor is, according to Shimano, “a significant performance enhancement reducing heat by 50 degrees (over their standard ICE Tech rotor), creating 20% more stopping power, eliminating brake fade and increasing pad life.” It’s available in 203mm and Centerlock only. Weight is 173g, which is 21g lighter than the last 203mm rotor – impressive given the added fins, but likely comes from the sandwiched aluminum center section inside the rotor.