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.

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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