SRAM has updated it hydraulic disc brake systems with new flat mount calipers to bring it up alongside similar systems introduced by Shimano earlier this year. The new calipers will make it possible to use SRAM HydroR groupsets with the many different 2016 road bikes that look set to come with a flat mount interface, such as the Focus Izalco Max Disc.
The new caliper design will be introduced across most of the SRAM range, with versions available for Red, Force, and Rival, as well as for the new 1x single ring systems. Handily, SRAM has also used the same caliper design for both front and rear brakes.
In theory at least, the new system should offer cleaner integration into the frame, meaning improved alignment with the rotor, better aerodynamics and easier maintenance. It will also be compatible with both 160mm and 140mm rotors, with you simply needing to rotate the caliper by 180 degree to switch between different rotor sizes.
The system as a whole is comparable with SRAM's existing hydraulic disc brake system, with the Red version weighing 459g with a 160mm at the front, 140mm at the rear, and an 800mm hose, Force weighing 489g, and Rival 496g.
Availability is due for September this year (just in time for the launch of all the new 2016 bikes), with prices ranging from £394 for SRAM Red 22 lever and flat mount caliper, down to £227 for Rival 1 brake lever and caliper.
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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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