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Code: BR561
Shimano BR-561 Brake Calipers- 49mm drop - Front & rear set
  • The Shimano BR-R561 road brake delivers a perfect balance of braking performance and affordability.
  • Made from lightweight aluminium it features a quick-release mechanism to enable quick removal of wheel without disturbing brake adjustment plus an easy adjuster screw for finite cable adjustment.
  • 49mm Drop
  • Supplied R55C3 replacable pads


RoyBought these to replace some tektro brakes which were on a secondhand bike I had purchased, I’ve been using Shimano for years, didn’t want to go to the expense of 105 to put on this bike, to be honest, not much difference in the BR 561 to the 105s . Really got a bargain, these were half price in the sale, excellent service as usual from Merlin
Mr LaneI bought the set after reading reviews on the Merlin site. They are a little heavier than the set they replaced but they do work well and are well priced
James TYes, you could spend 1 or 2 hundred more for Dura-Ace components, which are a few grams lighter - but not as light as your wallet will be when you are done.
OllieWasnt suitable for my bike but great value for money (always check drop size)
RowanNice quality brakes and good price (same level as 105 really - just make sure they fit your frame as I actually needed brakes with a longer drop. Will hang onto these until I change frame though.
DannyGreat value set of brakes, done about 200miles on them now and no issues at all
Mr MooreGreat brakes! Bought these to replace some old tektros on a Giant Defy. The difference is day and night. I have Ultegra on another bike and don`t feel much difference at all.
Mr RasmussenGreat price, fast dispatch. The brakes are easily adjustable and have plenty of reach - more reach than the 105 dual pivots from the 90's they replaced.
Mr CookGreat value brake caliper, great stopping power, no difference from Shimano 105's in my opinion
Mr MuirIdeal set of brakes for winter bike that probably sit somewhere just above Tiagra level. Cracking price from Merlin!