Quad Dime review£79.99

Bargain cross-country disk brakes

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The new Dime and Axis brakes launch Quad’s assault on the cross-country scene. The sturdy all-metal lever is the same proven piece as the original Sting brakes but the calliper is a new lightweight unit. 

It’s single piece rather than two bolted halves, which is pretty much unheard of at this price and gives excellent power and decent modulation.

The white Dime also adds reach adjustment, heat resistant phenolic pistons for Alp-proofing, an adjustable banjo for hose angle adjustment and a wavey Pulse rotor to the basic £59.99 Axis brake. 

You might find pads a bit trickier to find than better known brakes so bulk buy.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK
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