SRAM introduces new Guide T disc brakes

New four-piston disc brake at a budget price

SRAM is adding to its family of Guide disc brakes with the new Guide T. Even though it's billed as a budget-friendly choice, the new disc brake appears to be chock-full of the standard SRAM tech.

For trail and enduro riders looking for a brake upgrade without spending a ton, the new Guide T looks to have the important bits covered. The caliper is the same S4 binder that's seen on pro-level bikes, so stopping power should be on point. 

To lower the cost, SRAM spec'd the Guide T with a budget lever but that might compromise a bit on adjustment and modulation, but not on overall braking prowess.

The calipers still feature four pistons squeezing steel-backed organic pads
The calipers still feature four pistons squeezing steel-backed organic pads

SRAM Guide T specs

  • Dual-diameter four-piston caliper
  • Steel-backed organic pads
  • MatchMaker compatible lever
  • Weight: 280 grams (direct mount, 800mm hose length)

SRAM Guide T technology

SRAM's Bleeding Edge technology claims to simplify hydraulic-brake bleeding through the use of smooth fluid path and adapter plugs that seal the system from fluid loss and air penetration.

The levers feature DirectLink, which SRAM says provides a solid, positive feel to the lever. 

The levers are ambidextrous but do away with the tool-free reach adjust and SwingLink tech
The levers are ambidextrous but do away with the tool-free reach adjust and SwingLink tech

SRAM's MatchMaker pairs brake levers, shifters, dropper post levers, and remote lockouts onto a single clamp. The single clamp is lighter and minimises handlebar clutter.

On the caliper end, there is a stainless-steel Heat Shield between the brake pad and caliper body. SRAM claims this metal piece can reduce caliper fluid temperature by around 20°C.

SRAM recommends pairing the Guide T with its CenterLine rotors
SRAM recommends pairing the Guide T with its CenterLine rotors

SRAM Guide T pricing and availability

The new Guide T discs look to be beneficiaries of trickle-down tech with a price tag of £104 / $105 / €117.

SRAM predicts the Guide T to be available later in January 2018.

Russell Eich

Tech Writer, US
Russell fell head over heels in love with bikes in the '90s, and has been involved in the bike industry ever since. Between wrenching in bike shops, guiding professionally, and writing about bikes, Russell has honed an appreciation for what works, gained knowledge of what doesn't, and can barely contain his enthusiasm for what comes next. His two-wheeled passion continues in the Rocky Mountains high above Boulder, Colorado.
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