Quad Dime Pro RA disc brake review£99.99

Affordable trail stopper

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Quad’s Dime Pro is heavy but packs in loads of features, potentially making it a great option if you’re into fine feel fettling. It gets the latest radial style lever and combines a lot of features we’ve seen before on other brakes.

The chunky master cylinder and reach-adjust wheel looks like a Hayes Stroker twisted through 90 degrees, while the little radial bite point adjuster is similar to that on Formula’s old Oro brake. Gold anodising on these bits and the calliper bore caps adds a touch of bling.

We’ve been using this brake regularly for months now and the impressive control and power we felt in the filth is backed up by above-average results on the dyno, while the wavy pulse rotor helps keep it running clean in even the worst winter conditions. The pads are specific to Quad but spares are available through any Raleigh dealer – which leaves the high weight of the Dime as our only major niggle.

Dry brakes graph quad dime pro: dry brakes graph quad dime pro
Dry brakes graph quad dime pro: dry brakes graph quad dime pro

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Dry brakes all: dry brakes all

Wet brakes graph quad dime pro: wet brakes graph quad dime pro
Wet brakes graph quad dime pro: wet brakes graph quad dime pro

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Wet brakes all: wet brakes all

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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