SRAM has taken their fair share of lumps with their previous-generation mountain bike disc brakes. Many users experienced extreme gobbling and constant bleeding. While the forums are rampant with haters, the problems were real, but not as endemic as the folks on the local forums would lead you to believe.
As a result, many riders abandoned Avid/SRAM brakes in favor of Shimano XT/XTR. The reduced toxicity of the mineral oil and the consistent function made them an easy alternative.
Now, SRAM is saying “not so fast” with the introduction of their all-new Guide brakes. After a handful of rides aboard the SRAM Guide RSC brakes, I’m sold. Here’s why:
- They are ninja-quiet
- Modulation is fantastic
- Power is off-the-charts
- Lever feel is the best I’ve experienced
Aboard the 2015 Santa Cruz Tallboy 2, the complete rig is dead silent. No gobbling or noise at all — just pure, joyful descending in complete and utter silence.
The final verdict is forthcoming, but the initial testing so far is outstanding.