Quad Sting Pro disc brake review£129.99

Simple, no fuss choice

BikeRadar score3/5

It looks and feels a bit basic, but the updated Sting Pro ticks all the boxes at a really reasonable price.

The lever uses a contemporary L-shaped flip-flop layout with an inset gold anodised reach adjust roller, and a rotary bite point adjuster similar to that found on the old Formula Oro.

There’s a bit of blade rattle, but the two-piece clamp makes it particularly easy to fit and we found that the wavy rotor shoved any unwanted rubbish out of the way effectively.

Braking power is slap bang in the middle of the pack in both wet and dry, with reasonable modulation as you pull harder.

Bleeding is simple, with either a screw-in syringe kit or a conventional bleed valve on the calliper, and it takes Hope brake pads so finding spares is really easy.

Dry brake test graph

Dry brakes graph quad sting pro:
Dry brakes graph quad sting pro:

Dry brake test graph for all brakes tested

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Dry brakes all:

Wet brake test graph

Wet brakes graph quad sting pro:
Wet brakes graph quad sting pro:

Wet brake test graph for all brakes tested

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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: 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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