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.

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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
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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
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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
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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.

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