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Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake

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Shimano M640 Zee Hydraulic Disc Brake I-Spec B

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 click here .
  • SERVO WAVE lever pivot
  • Shorty Levers
  • High rigidity ceramic pistons for heat insulation
  • Anti-slip dimpled lever blade
  • Radiation fin pad with new metallic compound to improve control and consistency
  • 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
  • Note: Rotor is not included
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Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake
 
4.6

(based on 15 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Modulation (4)
  • Easy to install (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Downhill (5)
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    5.0

    Same Power and Feel As Saints

    By Sub-ROSA

    from In Your Backyard

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Basically Cheaper Saints
    • Excellent Feel
    • Excellent stopping power
    • Excellent Threshold Feel
    • Relatively inexpensive

    Cons

    • Need Tools To Adjust Reac
    • No Saint Tool-less Reach

    Best Uses

    • All Mountainenduro
    • Downhill

    Comments about Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake:

    After installing Saints on my first two Enduro bikes, and on my current DH bike, I decided to save some money and buy the Zees for my current All Mountain/Enduro bike.
    They're basically Saints, but without the tool-free reach adjust, and contact adjustment that doesn't exist on the Saints either, despite there being a adjustment screw(with loc-tite on it..go figure).
    I paid $600 for the Saints with rotors, and paid a little less than $400 for the Zee's with the same rotors(Ice Tech). It's a fricken no-brainer, and I wish I would've bought Zee's instead of my other Saints.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Powerful Brakes for the Price

    By Jonesy

    from Southern Oregon

    Pros

    • 4 Piston
    • Easy To Install
    • Great stopping power
    • Looks good
    • Uses Mineral Oil

    Cons

    • Brake Pads Are Spendy

    Best Uses

    • all mountain
    • Downhill
    • Enduro
    • MTB

    Comments about Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake:

    I bought a set of these brakes to replace a set of Hayes Stroker Trails. WOW, they are awesome! Installation was easy. When bleeding the brakes, you don't have to worry about the oil eating the paint if you spill a drop. When you pair the brakes with the Ice Tech rotors, they are almost impossible to overheat. The only gripe I have is that replacement pads are expensive. Especially the ones with the heat fin.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Great brake for a great price

    By Sean

    from Vancouver

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Install
    • Modulation
    • Stopping power

    Cons

    • Factory Bleed

    Best Uses

    • DH

    Comments about Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake:

    Great brake and a great price, pretty much as good as a saint. Out of the box bleed is pretty weak (my front was stronger than my back) but a proper bleed will fix that. Overall good brake

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    • No
     
    5.0

    Love these brakes!!!

    By Jimmy S.

    from La Verne, CA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 4 Piston
    • Brakes
    • Downhill
    • Freeride
    • Shimano
    • Zee

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Downhill
    • Freeride

    Comments about Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake:

    I bought these to replace Avid Code 5 brakes that came on my Kona Operator. These have a smoother lever pull and once broken in are very predictable and give me that added level of confidence. Unless you want to spend the extra to run Saint's, these are just as good IMO.

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    • No
     
    5.0

    Powerful

    By sanook

    from Fernie BC Canada

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Modulation
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Not light
    • Work Poor With Avid Rotor

    Best Uses

    • Everything

    Comments about Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake:

    great brakes for a great price. Unless you care about grams or something.

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    • No
     
    4.0

    ZEE BRAKES

    By Ivan G.

    from Rutherfordton, NC

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy Installation
    • Firm Lever Feel
    • Good modulation
    • Good stopping power

    Cons

    • Tool Needed Reach Adjust

    Best Uses

    • Agressive Downhill
    • Enduro
    • Super-d

    Comments about Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake:

    Very pleased with ease of installation. Was able to shorten the rear hose and rout it internally without the need re-bleed the brakes, after watching a quick how-to video from Shimano.

    I am 190lb very agressive XC racer, who dabbles in Enduro and Super-D style events on a 29er hardtail at the expert level.
    I was willing to give up a slight weight penalty over the XT's for the abundant quad piston power of downhill brakes. Maybe overkill for my application, but so far I love the worry free stopping power, and quiet operation.

    It did take a little time to get used to the power, as I found myself inadvertantly locking up a wheel from time to time as this was never really an option before coming from Magura MT-S.

    I also found myself wishing the ZEE's had the tool free reach adjust found on the more expensive models, as the pad engagement and lever travel seemed to change (reduce) during use becoming almost too firm during decents.

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    • No
     
    5.0

    All the power I need

    By Dan the Man

    from Logan, UT

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Easy To Install
    • Looks great
    • LOTS OF POWER
    • Plenty Of Cable
    • Smooth

    Cons

    • None so far

    Best Uses

    • all mountain

    Comments about Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake:

    These brakes are awesome. They have plenty of stopping power, but are not sticky as I thought they might be. Easy to apply light, smooth breaking, but if you grab a handful hang on, because they will stop you VERY quickly.

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    • No
     
    4.0

    Great brake for the proce

    By Dizzy d

    from Plattsburgh, NY

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • feel
    • Function

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • DH

      Comments about Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake:

      Work great and easy to install.

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      4.0

      True one finger braking but issue with p

      By BBomb

      from Vancouver, BC

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy Installation
      • one finger braking
      • Same Adapters As Hayes
      • Textured Levers Feel Good

      Cons

      • Cotter Pin Holding In Pad

      Best Uses

      • Downhill
      • Free Ride

      Comments about Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake:

      I recently installed my Zee's on my Santa Cruz Bullit. As mine is an older frame I stayed with the 160mm (6") rotor on the rear and went with the 203 mm (8") rotor on the front. This was the same combo I was previously running and installation was a breeze because Hayes(old brakes) runs the same adapters as Shimano. Unfortunately, my frame is a medium and the 1000/1700 mm length hoses are probably cut for large frames so getting the houses shortened was necessary. Not the end of the world though because the "pre-bled" status from the factory is not the best bleed job (no offence shimano).

      Fast forward to my first day of downhill riding in Whistler, BC, Canada and as I'm bombing down Freight Train my back brake goes squishy. Fortunately it wasn't an uber technical section and I stopped myself on the front brake. Looked at the rear calliper to see the pads had fallen out! I've been riding BC trails since the very first RM Fusion, never once have I had a disc brake pad just fall out. Collected the pads from the trail and returned to the shop in Whistler where the cable shortening and bleed was done and they re-installed the pads. The mechanic told me that they had seen this a bit when using the threaded cotter pin provided by Shimano rather than the pinch pin, which you can bend the ends of to prevent them from backing out.

      Bottom line, there is no way for me to tell whether the tech was telling me the full truth and these threaded cotter pins are problematic or they just didn't install it properly after the bleed. In defence of the shop, it happened late in the day and it was wicked hot, conditions that support the theory that it's a design issue rather than sloppy mechanic work.

      Performance wise though...Awesome! A noticeable improvement from my Hayes Strokers.

      Happy Trails,

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      4.0

      Amazing

      By Ryan

      from Lake Forest, CA

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Shimano Zee BR-M640 Disc Brake:

            After a long hard day at the bike park, these things never had any brake fade, never over heated, and never squealed like my last set of brakes. I mated these brakes with the Shimano Ice Tech rotors (203mm front and rear).

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