Hayes Stroker Gram disc brake review

Durable and dependable stoppers

Our rating 
2.5 out of 5 star rating 2.5
GBP £210.00 RRP | USD $297.84

Our review

It’s not that light or subtle in feel but it is a super-reliable, and long lasting stopper
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The Gram isn’t that light but it’s as tough and dependable as they come. The master cylinder uses the same overall design as the standard Stroker Trail, but with hollowed-out supports for the hooked carbon fibre lever blade.

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You also get a purple anodised reach adjuster wheel and a white hose to show you’ve spent extra. At the brake end, titanium bolts clamp the two calliper halves together and aluminium-backed brake pads shave a few grammes – at over 400g it’s still not super-light though.

The lever feel is wooden and fine control is limited, which makes them an acquired taste in technical conditions, but we’ve run a set all year on a very high mileage bike and had no problems whatsoever. While power is average, it’s rare to find such a lightweight brake rated for a rotor up to 220mm.

It’s sold without rotor (£35) or mount (£15) to save duplication, but if you do need them they’re expensive. The pads last for ages though, which reduces running costs.

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Also consider: Hayes Stroker Ace, £210, with its more powerful four-pot calliper.

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Product Specifications

Product

Name Stroker Gram (10)
Brand Hayes

Features Available Rotor Sizes: 140 (rear-only), 160, 180(tested), 203, 224 (mm)
Weight (g) 409
Available Colours White