The SRAM Guide R Disc Brake 2016 provides precision at your fingertips. It's flawless and will give you the confidence needed to take the right line efficiently and effortlessly. It features a proven 4-piston caliper that gives you a more positive pad contact and increased braking dominance. The reach adjust feature perfectly compliments other sram components and gives you the performance you desreve.
SRAM Guide R Disc Brake 2016 Features
LEVER MATERIAL: Aluminum
CALIPER DESIGN: 4-piston, dual diameter caliper
PAD: Steel-backed organic
FLUID: DOT 5.1
ADJUSTMENT: Tool-free Reach Adjust, Banjo Adjust
SPECIAL FEATURES: Tool-free Reach Adjust, Piggyback Reservoir, MatchMaker X compatible,
Lever: Pivot Bearings, Bleeding Edge, Heat Shield
TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHT(S): SwingLink, PURE Bladder, Timing Port Closure, Bleeding Edge, Heat Shield
These came on my bike and they do work but not as good as XT's. I noticed on long ride my hands would get fatigued. They need a lot more force and the confidence just isn't there for me. Never had this with XT. They don't feel comfortable to me at the lever. I like SRAM components but they need to do some more work to get these right. Yes, they are the lower end Guide's but honestly they are not worth the price. I thought of going for the Guide Ultimate version (which may be awesome) but in reality, why? I can get front & rear XT including Ice-Tech rotors for almost the cost of 1 Ultimate brake. As mentioned, they will stop you with more effort so it's not like they are junk. XT's are jsut better in all categories of performance, weight, and comfort. In fact, I will be getting the full XT setup including Ice-Tech rotors tomorrow (ordered from Jenson last week) and cannot wait to get them on. Also, the new M8000 XT's are I-spec II and Problem Solvers has an adapter to fit your SRAM shifter. It's the Mismatch 1.2 (SRAM to Shimano). Jenson has this as well. When I get the setup completed, I will review the adapter as I am curious how good it will work.
Hey Tim, I'm a big fan of Shimano's XT brakes but love SRAM drivetrains. I use the Problem Solvers' Mismatch adapter and love it! Super easy to install, great positioning, and clean look. Enjoy the setup! Keep Pedaling.
August 24, 2017
Don't even bother buying, they are total crap, I wanted to give 0 stars but not able. I think my old cable disk brakes work better than these in terms of durability and safety. These were the stock brakes on my bike, piston seized in early july 2017, had them replaced under warranty because they were "defective". Now its the end of September 2017 and the replacements are being sent back for the same problem. To top it off the brakes broke as I was going down the hill! No brakes! Scary stuff, I thought I was going to die! don't put you life at risk, buy anything else!
These brakes worked good for about a year. However, recently the lever is getting stuck and the brakes do not retract fully and are producing drag on the rotor (even after full brake bleed). I now have no braking modulation and they have a completely ON-OFF feel. After doing some on-line research, I have concluded that this is a common issue and results from the plastic lever piston sticking in the lever bore. This appears to be a design flaw. I gave one star because I did like the modulation of these brakes, when they worked properly. I would recommend Shimano XT brakes as an alternative...and they're less expensive!
Used this brake on a 2017 Specialized Stumpjumper Carbon Comp 6fattie (MSRP $4000). The brakes required considerable more force than my previous experience with the Shimano XTs on the Stumpy Experts from last year. This resulted in serve hand fatigue when lapping the bike downhill at Copper Mountain. The XTs also felt more confident, would recommend over these in a heartbeat.
This brake system came installed on a 2014 Yeti 575 Jenson Build. They worked like any other hydraulic brake system for 12 months then 3 of the 4 caliper pistons"froze"in the open or extended position effectively locking the front wheel up. Then after completely rebuilding it and bleeding the system, the brake lever assembly, or more precisely, the lever piston must be sticking because now the brake lever is slow to return into the extended position. No amount of brake bleeding helps. Believe me, I've tried until no bubbles exit the system. And no, I'm not going to rebuild the lever. The R level option in the Guide family is a very disappointing product that I would not recommend buying.
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