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.
Clarks Skeletal Hydraulic Disc Brake (single) –
Avid DB3 Disc Brake Set
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.
Shimano SLX M675 Disc Brakes – Front & Rear Set –
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.
Hope Tech 3 E4 Disc Brake (single) –
A surefire stopper that’s handmade in the UK, these are bombproof – weighty, sure, but they give excellent control, power and adjustability.
Shimano Zee M640 Disc Brakes – Front & Rear Set –
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.
Formula R0 Disc Brake Set –
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.
SRAM XX Disc Brakeset –
Yup, they’re crazy expensive, but they give you outstandingly progressive power in a fully adjustable, superlight system.