Zee vs Saint
Looking at the Zee and Saint rear mech and shifter combinations.
What’s the difference, and how does this translate to reality? Is there a noticeable difference between them?
I know Saint will leave a bigger dent on the bank balance, and that is can be switched between wide and close ratio cassettes, but is there any other difference?Posted 4 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
Zee is pretty basic, it’s a short cage Deore/SLX, I don’t really see anything to suggest it’s tougher than either – Saint is beefed up a lot.
That said, if your mech takes a bad hit, then there’s a good chance it’s a write off, so maybe the cheaper option makes more sense.
My Zee fell apart first day, think that was early quality issues though, haven’t heard of many of them failing since they first came out..Posted 4 years agohonourablegeorgeMember
danielgroves – Member
To be honest, if I have the choice between Saint or a dropper I know which I’d rather take.
I’m with you there. Equally, if budget is a factor, I’d spend on the Saint shifter ahead of the Saint mech.
And the German sites are your friend for Shimano drivetrain.Posted 4 years agostevedeMember
I have a saint shifter and zee mech on my hardtail, mech is a little bent (but not enough to replace just yet), shifter has been ace. Have zee cranks too and apart from looking cheap now that I’ve taking the finish off with heels due to my tardy pedalling style they have been great. All of the above have had a lifetimes abuse already and I’d recommend it all. Combo of German sites and tweeks for my shimano stuff.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
scandal42 – Member
Cant really see the justification in saint on a part that can be wriiten off in one foul move
Obviously not a scientific comparison but my Saint’s taken a proper kicking, as I am a bit clumsy and it’s on a bike with a very solid mech hanger rather than a totally sacrificial one- I really struggled to pay that much for a mech but I’m pretty happy saying I’d have wrecked a Zee by now (having mangled an SLX with far less effort, and killed an X9 in 2 or 3 rides on teh same bike)
It won’t definitely outlive a Zee bt the factor of 2 or 3 it needs to to pay for itself, but it’s definitely possible, possibly likely. (not to mention that busting a mech is annoying, and if you race possibly very annoying- factor in the cost of blown uplifts or race runs)Posted 4 years ago
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