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    Shimano BR-M395 or Shimano BR-M445

    I am in the process of choosing a moderately priced bike for my friend and I have a question about low-range Shimano hydraulic disc brakes.

    I have Shimano BR-M445 on my Cube Analog Disc 2012. I went to the Cube site and saw that the 2013 model range is equipped with Shimano BR-M395. A lot of 2013 bikes from other manufacturers are equipped with Shimano BR-M395 as well.

    On the internet, some people make an assumption that Shimano BR-M395 are the new version of Shimano BR-M445, just named awkwardly. It is believable, but I am not so sure about this. Can someone shed some light on this?

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    They use the same pads and are similar but slightly cheaper looking, I notice the bleed screw on the M395's is different. Not sure if it's as easy to bleed, it looks to be a screw rather than a nipple. I could not find bleeding instructions in a quick search of Shimano. They are both low end, but I'm sure will work fine. If I recall M3XX are Acera and M4xxx are Alivio, but trickle down technology makes them very similar.

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    Okay, thanks for clarifying this!

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