Building on the success of the existing Guide brake series, SRAM today announces a new entry-level option called the Guide T, which will sell for £104 per end.
Whereas SRAM’s Level brake range is targeted towards XC riders, and the Code range is designed for downhillers, the Guide brakes are there to straddle the gap in between. Like its more expensive siblings, the Guide T brake will utilise the same S4 quad-piston callipers that feature a combination of 14mm and 16mm diameter phenolic pistons to balance power and modulation. They even get the same stainless steel heat shield that’s designed to suck heat away from the DOT brake fluid.
Compared to the Guide R – the previous entry into the Guide range – the Guide T misses out on a tool free reach adjuster, instead electing for a 2.5mm hex bolt that’s tucked in behind the lever pivot. The lever bodies are still ambidextrous, but the Guide T uses a split clamp for mounting to the handlebar, rather than the clamshell-style mount found on the pricier models. This split clamp is the same type you’ll find on the similarly-priced Level T disc brakes, and it requires a separate MatchMaker adapter for you to integrate a SRAM trigger shifter with the brake lever.
Aside from that though, it’s all very similar to the the current Guide R.
SRAM says of it: “Guide T brings the consistent performance that you have come to expect from our lightweight Guide four-piston caliper. Pair this with MatchMaker for a clean looking bar set-up, plus the ease of use with our Bleeding EdgeTM drip-free bleed port and you have a smart budget minded brake that keeps you in control”
SRAM Guide T Brake Features
- New quad-piston calliper brakes for Trail and Enduro
- Ambidextrous split clamp alloy lever bodies
- MatchMaker compatible
- Stamped alloy lever blade
- Adjustments: Tool-free lever reach & pad contact
- Piston diameter: 14/16mm
- Stock pad compound: Steel-backed organic (sintered metallic available separately)
- Stainless steel heat shields
- Fluid: DOT 5.1
- Claimed weight: 280g per end
- RRP: £104 per end (without rotors and adapters)