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Borrowing the powerful 4-piston caliper from Shimano's World Cup dominating Saint, the Shimano ZEE BL-M640 Disc Brake instills confidence into your riding with its brute stopping force and precise modulation. Ideal for trail and enduro rigs, the ZEE Brake resists fade on long downhill sections, thanks to its heat-dispersing 4-piston caliper design and improved pads with a new metallic compound for better consistency and control on the descent.
Featuring Sero-Wave actuation with greater lever travel off the top, the ZEE allows its braking pads to sit farther from the rotor, reducing the chance of nasty brake rub, while providing a powerful bite for fast stopping. Its Shorty levers are almost identical to what you'd find on Shimano's SLX brakes. However, they exchange tool-free reach for a dimpled, non-slip lever surface. This gives you added control when your hands are damp from perspiration, retaining reach-adjustment with an Allen wrench for a customizable trigger feel. Note that the Zee Brake is available in either left or right options. Disc rotors and brake adapters are not included.
- Hydraulic disc brakes with 4-piston calipers
- Shorty levers with dimpled lever blade (reach adjustable with Allen)
- Metallic H03C brake pad
- One-way bleed servicing
- Rotors and adapters not included
- Item #SHI002C
What do you think about this product?
April 30, 2019
wow what a difference good brakes make
November 28, 2018
Crisp and Clean
I’ve ridden XTs RSC Ultimates and these. And these are the ones I like the most. They are slightly heavier than others but the consistency wins the day. I ride uphill only to ride down and the Zees dish out crisp stopping power that is more consistent than my RSC and Ultimates, and more powerful (less pull force required) than my XTs.
June 23, 2018
Tons of power
I swapped out the brakes from XT8000, the have a ton of power and the brake fade that I was experiencing is now a thing of the past. I will say that the lever feel is quite a bit different than what I was used to, but after a few rides they feel normal to me.
December 24, 2017
The Zee brakes have signature Shimano stopping power at a very reasonable price. The Zee has almost all the features of the Saint brakes at a competitive price bracket. Dependable braking on any surface in any weather.
July 1, 2017
Ideally the adjustments for throw length would be a knob you could turn by hand instead of needing an allen wrench, but it's not that often that you need to adjust them after you get things dialed in the way you want. They're relatively easy to bleed when the time comes. I like the shorter lever with grippy bumps on it
June 13, 2017
These brakes are outstanding!! Gobs of power, great modulation, Servo wave Link levers give the classic Shimano feel, and they look great. Small details like the gold accent glitter in the body makes them pop. Add some ice tech rotors with the included Ice tech pads, and you are good to go, or stop. The only downfall is they do not have the tool less reach adjust like Saint brakes do, but a quick turn of an alley wrench is all that is needed. Minimal issue to complain about.
May 26, 2017
Best brakes for the money
These breaks are awesome, they are fairly easy to install if you have the tools to do so. I love that Shimano uses mineral oil for all of their breaks, it is so much easier to work with and creates much less of a headache while cleaning up/ installing. Breaking in the breaks was quick and painless before the first ride and they worked flawlessly on my first DH ride. I installed these on my second bike and ill be buying another pair of these when the time comes.
October 28, 2016
Feel the power at your finger tips
Seriously, these brakes have the power. I like the feel of Shimano brakes when I run the levers in towards the bar. No need to death grip to stop with these, a light pull with one finger slows the wheels with the 4 piston caliper. Would highly recommend these to anyone who likes to ride fast or has a bit more weight to slow down.
June 1, 2016
best brakes for the money
I love all shimano brakes but have a real love for the zee brakes, especially because I am on a budget and cant afford to spend all my money on saint brakes. Zee brakes are amazing, 4 piston not a whole lot of frills but they get the job done and grab really well. 5 star brakes and a 6th star for price
May 17, 2016
ZEE Best Brakes
Zee's are simply awesome. I have owned M820 Saints and will always love those brakes. I mean who doesn't love gold colored things? The Zee's do lack the bling of the Saints. Let's be honest though, when you're going Mach 10 down a chute, to a drop , and then need to slow down and hit your apex before you fall off a 20 foot shelf, the last thing you care about is your bling. The tool less reach adjustment on the Saints is nice for on the fly touches. Its really not a deal breaker for the Zee's though. One alan key later, a couple of turns, and you have got you levers dialed perfectly. I highly recommend Zee brakes. To discuss more wonderful products feel free to reach out to me @ firstname.lastname@example.org
December 8, 2015
Best brakes for the price!
I upgraded both right and left brakes on my Voltage FR and I must say that I don't have to worry anymore about reliability or heating pads/rotors. These brakes give me the absolute confidence to ride faster and more aggressive. The front brakes cable was a bit too long so had to shorten it and blead the brakes again. If you're an agressive rider and don't want to spend money on the Saint, look no further.
May 19, 2017
August 14, 2015
I upgraded from Elixir R and I love them. I've used the Saints M820 on a Pivot Phoenix DH bike and these feel the same, only thing missing is just the lever adjustment. I'd say for maximum power, upgrade to metal pads and quality rotors. Otherwise, if you're coming from any other brake system, you will notice a huge difference.
August 6, 2015
Includes Ice Tech brake pads
These Zee brakes include the finned Ice Tech brake pads
November 15, 2014
I did not buy these on C. Cyclist but still want to review them If you ride AM or DH please look no further and get these brakes. Amazing power, they don't over heat and have good modulation. I have not tested the Saint's, but a friend of mine who runs them tells me the difference is barely noticeable. I have used SLX, Avid Juicy 7, XT's and these are by far worth the extra 50 bucks.
October 30, 2014
Best brake on the market
For the money these are the best brakes on the market! I absolutely love these brakes best ones I have evr ran! I have ridden them over a year and just finally bled them, and only had to change my front pads. Bleeding was easy, pads last super long, I love the 4 piston set up and they last a long time. You will not be disappointed in the performance of these brakes! I have ridden avid XO trail, Juicy 7's and codes, even shimano Saint and XTR and these ones have been my favorite minus the 2006 saint brakes. I love these.
March 13, 2020
Which side is for which brake?
March 11, 2020
What's a J-kit?
February 25, 2020
what does j kit stand for
January 27, 2020
Whats is the difference between: "one color Rear" and "one color Right"
June 30, 2019
Just wanted to confirm these come with h03c pads. It says d01s in description and h03c in q&a.
June 23, 2019
Are the hoses included? If so, are they ready to bolt up and go, or do they need to be filled and bled?
January 12, 2019
Are the options for US, such as the left being front and right being rear?
January 20, 2019
Hi James, that is correct, the right brake is the rear and has a longer brake hose.
April 12, 2018
are these sold as a set front & rear?
May 3, 2018
No Cliff these are sold individually. For a set, you will want to purchase both the "Left" and "Right" sets. If you any further questions on these though, be sure to reach out to me directly at email@example.com and 805-705-7305
April 10, 2018
Does the ZEE brake assembly come with pads?
May 3, 2018
Yes a pair of Shimano H03C metallic pads are included. If you any further questions on these though, be sure to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and 801-619-7479
August 21, 2016
Are these I-Spec B compatible? I have a XT I-Spec B shifter and don't wanna have to buy another one if I can help it.
August 14, 2016
Do these come with brake pads?
August 15, 2016
Howdy! The Zee brakes will include the finned Ice Tech brake pads with them, I apologize for the photo missing that. Give a shout at 801.204.4547 or email@example.com if you have any other questions and i'd be happy to help! Cheers, Connor
December 16, 2015
Are these front or rear brakes (or both)?