Quad Rapide disc brake review£99.99

Gravity focused stoppers

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Quad’s new Rapide brake is an update of the Sting series, adding new features deigned for more gravity-focused riders. At under 500g it’s not too heavy for trail use.

The hooked lever gets a gold anodised ‘tool-free’ reach adjust knob and bite point/power adjustment. The closed, bolted calliper gets an adjustable hose angle for a neat bike fit but pad clearance is very tight. This makes patient and accurate setup crucial for quiet, drag-free running. 

Long and thorough bedding-in is required to get the brake to full potential too, but if you take the time to prep it there’s decent power to be had. Modulation is marred by a very squishy lever feel, making the simpler, £59.99 Quad Nano a much better choice.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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