BikeRadar Bargains: MTB disc brakes

Seven of the best deals we could find

Hands up who's going trail riding this weekend? Yup, us too. Things are getting a little, well, gloopy now that autumn's firmly here, so for this week's BikeRadar Bargains we're taking a look at disc brakes.

Read on for the seven best deals we could find, starting with affordable anchors and moving up the price scale but without losing the focus on quality.

Related: Best mountain bike disc brakes

Clarks Skeletal Hydraulic Disc Brake (single) - £63.99 £31.99

Clarks skeletal pack in the features for a low price: clarks skeletal pack in the features for a low price
Clarks skeletal pack in the features for a low price: clarks skeletal pack in the features for a low price
These pack in the features for such a low price, with both leverage and reach adjusters built in, while the caliper gets an adjustable angle hose for neat fitting.

Available now with 50% off from Chain Reaction Cycles

Avid DB3 Disc Brake Set £210 £85.99

Avid db3 brakes get 59% off: avid db3 brakes get 59% off
Avid db3 brakes get 59% off: avid db3 brakes get 59% off

A replacement for the popular Elixir model, the DB3 get more negative volume to combat heat expansion, plus powerful larger-caliper pistons. A new bladder material reduces air bubbles to ensure power and consistency on every ride. 

A whopping 59% off from Chain Reaction Cycles

Shimano SLX M675 Disc Brakes - Front & Rear Set - £149.98 £89.95

Shimano's slx m675 give outstanding reliability and control in all conditions: shimano's slx m675 give outstanding reliability and control in all conditions
Shimano's slx m675 give outstanding reliability and control in all conditions: shimano's slx m675 give outstanding reliability and control in all conditions

We said these deliver all the performance you need for any trail when we reviewed them back in 2013. That hasn't changed, but these now have 40% off retail price.

Available from Merlin Cycles

Hope Tech 3 E4 Disc Brake (single) - £150 £134.99

Hope's tech 3 e4 are handmade in britain, and bombproof: hope's tech 3 e4 are handmade in britain, and bombproof
Hope's tech 3 e4 are handmade in britain, and bombproof: hope's tech 3 e4 are handmade in britain, and bombproof

A surefire stopper that's handmade in the UK, these are bombproof – weighty, sure, but they give excellent control, power and adjustability. 

Available now with 10% off from Wiggle

Shimano Zee M640 Disc Brakes - Front & Rear Set - £219.98 £144.95

Shimano zee disc brakes are second-tier, but a top choice: shimano zee disc brakes are second-tier, but a top choice
Shimano zee disc brakes are second-tier, but a top choice: shimano zee disc brakes are second-tier, but a top choice

Aimed at gravity riders and with similar performance to the higher-priced Saint disc brakes, these give outstanding modulation and power, and can be upgraded to Ice Tech pads and rotors for extra heat dissipation should you wish. 

A chunky 34% off courtesy of Merlin Cycles

Formula R0 Disc Brake Set - £478 £238.99

Formula r0 disc brakes are among the best we've used: formula r0 disc brakes are among the best we've used
Formula r0 disc brakes are among the best we've used: formula r0 disc brakes are among the best we've used

We reckon these are among the best MTB disc brakes we've ever used – incredible power, and superb modulation to go with it, in a relatively lightweight package. 

Half price from Chain Reaction Cycles

SRAM XX Disc Brakeset - £540 £269.99

Get sram's xx for half price – an absolute bargain: get sram's xx for half price – an absolute bargain
Get sram's xx for half price – an absolute bargain: get sram's xx for half price – an absolute bargain

Yup, they're crazy expensive, but they give you outstandingly progressive power in a fully adjustable, superlight system. 

Half price from Chain Reaction Cycles

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