After its infamous ‘total recall’ false start, SRAM has significantly re-engineered its second generation disc brakes, and we’ve not had a single issue in a year of working several sets to the ragged edge.

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The tall lever body, reminiscent of the famous Easter Island head statues, gives a super secure ‘hood braking’ position that you can really haul the power on from or just ride rough surfaces – even sketchy cyclocross descents – without worrying about slipping your grip. Reservoir position at the top of the body means they’re also easier to bleed than Shimano’s hydraulic brakes according to our own experience and that of shop mechanics we talked to.

Unlike Shimano they come fully plumbed and ready to use too, so even if you have to thread them through your frame it’s normally only a partial re bleed. You might even

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