Diatech Anchor review£80.00

A rock-solid bargain disc brake option

BikeRadar score3.5/5

Diatech’s budget brake – with its jolly anchor painted onto the white or black finish – has been a rock-solid bargain option for years.

This is the heaviest brake on test, but we’ve had sets running fine in the Peak District for six years, so you can’t knock them for reliability. We’ve dyno tested them to comically high temperatures before they blew, too, so they’ll be absolutely fine – even in worst-case drag-brake Alpine situations.

The 180mm front rotor option adds welcome power to an otherwise slightly limp stoppage, and control is fine, if not outstanding. The twin bolt lever clamp means you don’t have to fiddle around much with the grips to remove them – unlike most budget brakes on the market.

The recent price drop and the fact they now come as separate brakes – not a front and rear set – means they’re still a great budget option.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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