Brakes Reviews and News

Review: FSA K-Force and Afterburner disc brakes

FSA invested a ton of time and money to compete and thrive in today’s highly competitive field of hydraulic disc brakes.

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First Ride: Magura MT NEXT 4-piston MT5 and MT7 brakes

Magura showed off their new MT NEXT brakes, including a four piston system. Every brake in the line is more powerful than before and the MT5 and MT7 stoppers are very impressive.

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First Ride: SRAM Guide Brakes

A full revamp of the Avid Elixir brake has resulted in the SRAM Guide brake. Find out what it’s all about how it did on our initial test rides.

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Boothstorming Sea Otter: Shimano highlights new XTR 11-speed group

We take a peek inside Shimano’s booth at the Sea Otter Classic which is—not surprisingly—all XTR 11-speed, all the time.

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New Product: 2015 Shimano XTR 11-speed

Shimano officially announced the long-anticipated release of a new 11-speed XTR mountain bike component group today in both Race and Trail tuned versions.

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First Look: Shimano launches hydraulic road, cross brakes for non-electric group

Shimano has announced the release of their first hydraulic road and cross disc brake system for use with mechanical shifters, the ST-RS685 levers and BR-RS785 calipers.

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Product News: SRAM releases new MTB brake system called Guide

SRAM announces the release of a new, four-piston hydraulic disc brake system called Guide aimed at the trail/all-mountain segment.

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Review: Brake Force One

We’ve had about a dozen rides on this brake system and we are ready to utter a few words about them. Powerful, modulates well, exotic and expensive. End of story. If you want to know more, then read on. Setup The brake lever is one-finger optimized so it is short and needs to be brought […]

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SiCCC Carbon Rotors for Mountain Bikes

Carbon brake rotors are nothing new on bikes. That is, if your bike just happens to be a $3.5 million MotoGP racing motorcycle. A company called Kettle Cycles (kettlecycles.com) has developed a silicon-carbide-ceramic-carbon (SiCCC for short) disc brake rotor for mountain bikes and is currently seeking financial backers through popular crowd funding website Kickstarter. The […]

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Ashima 2013

The Ashima virtuoso Wayne Moore had some tasty tidbits he brought with him from Taiwan, including a new floating rotor, an updated two-piece rotor, and a revised PCB. His minimalist rotors have a cult following, and they are light weight and perform well, and they’re backed up by his long expertise in the braking world […]

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TRP Interbike Booth

Dave Biehler shows us the new mountain bike line for 2013 that includes the TRP Quadiem 4 piston brake with new aluminum center 2 piece rotor that’s designed for freeride and downhill, the Dash

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Magura Interbike Booth

Jude Monica shows us the brake line-up for 2013 that includes the entry level MT2, MT4 with adjustable lever blade options, MTS Specialized brake with special alloy blade and colors, the popular

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Magura MT6 Brake Review

Last year, I spent I long time riding and testing the top of the line Magura MT8 brakes, and I was highly impressed with them, and found them to be the epitome of German perfection. I was very interested to see how their little brethren, the MT6, stacked up against them, since they share many […]

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Jagwire Hydraulic Hose Cutter, Needle Driver and Brake Bleed Kits

James from Jagwire shows us a couple of new tools and brake maintenance kits. Jagwire isn’t just colorful cables any more! Highlighted here are the Jagwire Hydraulic Hose Cutters, Needle Driver and two brake bleed kits. Hydraulic Hose Cutters Cutting hydraulic hose with a straight, clean cut is an important part of properly installing any […]

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2012 Magura – MT Brakes and TS Forks

Once again, Magura USA (aka) hosted a superb press camp in spectacular Sedona Arizona in late-May this year. The invited editors and writers got to test out the Magura Direct products that they distribute, which includes Magura (brakes and forks), uvex (helmets and sunglasses) and Vaude (packs and apparel), and they also were joined by […]

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Shimano 2013 Saint and Zee

New video just added! Saint M820 first impressions from Santa Cruz’s Syndicate, Trek’s World Racing and Team Yeti. Find out what the top racers and their mechanics think about Shimano’s new Saint! Shimano gave a media only shindig for their Saint and ZEE gravity oriented group, before opening the tent door to the general public. […]

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Two New AVID X0 Brakes Take the Trail by Storm

New Four Piston XO and XO Trail Brakes Just Announced! The guys at SRAM, Truvativ, Avid and RockShox have been busy! Following on the heels of the new SRAM 10-speed Grip Shift, SRAM Type 2 Derailleurs and the Truvativ NOIR T40 handlebars, Avid announces the new XO and XO Trail Brakes. Introducing the new AVID […]

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Magura MT8 Brake Review

Magura stunning new MT8 brake is incredibly lightweight (278g w/ 160mm rotor), with great modulation, excellent power and resistance to heat, drag and squeal, which all combine to make it stand out in terms of performance. The high tech works of art use some amazingly innovative production techniques and materials to create a light and […]

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Magura Marta FR Review

Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ When I first saw the Magura Marta FR at 2010 Interbike, I thought that they were a re-designed version of the Marta series, but in reality, it’s just a cosmetic change of the normal Marta, which is fine, since the line has an incredible pedigree. The new changes are the […]

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Magura Louise Carbon BAT Review

Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ I have been using the very sweet Louise Carbon BAT brakes for just over three months, and they have turned out to be my current favorite stoppers. They are powerful, with good modulation, are quiet, fade resistant, highly tunable and have the bling carbon levers. Louise Carbon BAT The Louise […]

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Magura Marta SL Magnesium Review

Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ I have been using Magura Marta SL brakes for many years, and had always been satisfied with the brakes, but I always wanted a tad more power and modulation. Magura revamped the Marta line in 2009, and then sweetened the pot with a lighter version […]

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Ashima AiRotor Review

Reviewed by Brian Mullin aka Gram and MTBR.com Pastajet http://www.gramslightbikes.com/ I have been extremely lucky to have had an exceptionally long term test period with the Ashima AiRotor. They are one of my favorite products I have used, not only because they work excellently, but they are a credible weight weenie disc brake rotor. During […]

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Avid Elixir CR Disc Brake Review

Article Originally Found On Mountain Biking by 198 Review by Robb Sutton Original Article: Avid Elixir CR Hydraulic Disc Brake Review In product year 2009, SRAM has been making a lot of changes and introductions throughout its brands. Truvativ released the Hammerschmidt…the Rock Shox suspension fork line was almost completely updated…and the Avid brake lineup saw the […]

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Avid Juicy 5 Hydraulic Brake Review

Post by Robb Sutton (198) Mountain Biking by 198 http://www.mtbtrailreview.com/ Avid Juicy 5 Hydraulic Disc Brake Review Are you looking to make the switch to disc brakes without breaking the bank? Are you tired of the poor lever feel and performance out of those other “budget” disc brakes? Look no further than the Juicy Fives […]

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