Brakes

2nd Look: SRAM Guide Brakes

2nd Look: SRAM Guide Brakes

The SRAM Guide Brake offers great power and modulation at a competitive weight and a reasonable price.

Magura MT5 Next Brakes

Magura MT5 Next Brakes

The MT5 delivers a tremendous amount of controllable power at a reasonable price for a high-end brake.

FSA Afterburner Disc Brakes

FSA Afterburner Disc Brakes

UPDATE: the price for the FSA Afterburners is now $90 lower, and we’ve added to our review a note on the brakes’ durability. If you’re looking for fantastic lever feel and great stopping power for an XC or trail bike, read this.

SRAM Guide RSC Brakes

SRAM Guide RSC Brakes

In 2.5 months of testing, the SRAM Guide RSC brakes have been reliable and powerful, while providing outstanding modulation.

Avid Elixir 9 Trail Brakes

Avid Elixir 9 Trail Brakes

The Elixir 9 Trail brakes maintain the elements we liked about Avid brakes in the past, but also offer some important improvements.

2012 Hope Tech Evo M4 Brake Set

2012 Hope Tech Evo M4 Brake Set

The Hope Tech Evo M4 brakes are ultra reliable, stack up extremely well against the competition, and are at home on nearly any ride—from a general-purpose trail bike to a true downhill race bike.

Shimano XTR Trail Brake

Shimano XTR Trail Brake

The Shimano XTR Trail brake is a solid option to save weight without compromising stopping power. And after a season of testing, our reviewer has yet to experience any fade.

2011 Avid XO Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

2011 Avid XO Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

Avid’s XO hydraulic disc brake set got put through its paces, and impressed at every step.

2010-2011 Formula THE ONE Brakes

2010-2011 Formula THE ONE Brakes

THE ONE brakes by Formula are some of the lightest and best performing brakes out there. (Especially with one highly recommended, relatively expensive upgrade.)