Quad QHD-7.1 Nano Lite disc brake review£79.99

Cheap and light

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Quad’s latest Nano brakes get a lighter rotor to make them genuinely ‘Lite’ for the money, but the added reach adjust actually detracts from feel and control.

The Nano has been a decent basic anchor option that we’ve had no problems with in long-term use. The Lite gets upgraded with a curved arm and a more cut out ‘XC’ version of the previously chunky Pulse rotor which saves 40g for the 180mm size.

This makes it the lightest brake in the sub-£100 category and a bargain for weight watchers. Less pad contact area means less braking power compared to the £60 Nano though. A reach adjuster knob lets you set up blade distance without reaching for the toolbox but we’re less in love with the bite point adjuster lever. 

This turns the already soft braking feel totally mushy and lets the levers pull all the way to the bars unless you wind the reach right out. Limited pad clearance even with the bite point backed off means a lot of squeak and drag in dirty conditions too.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.

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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