SRAM HydroHC – The best of both worlds?

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SRAM have been offering hydraulic disc brakes as part of their drop-bar line up for a number of years now. While the debate still rages about the need for them on the road (and their safety in the peloton), they are now a mainstay of ‘cross, even in the pro ranks.
SRAM HydroHC, etap, red
So, when SRAM unveiled their eTap wireless electronic road shifting last year, while it might have left roadies giddy at the new tech, us off-roaders had less to cheer as it was only offered with a road rim brake option.
In steps SRAM HydroHC. Available as an option for the top-end SRAM Red eTap groupset, it combines wireless electronic shifting with hydraulic disc brakes. Looking at the information released at the moment, the braking builds on SRAM’s current drop bar range, but also brings in bite-point adjust, as found on their mountain bike stoppers as well as easier bleeding.
The brakes will be available in either post or flat mount, and available from October 2016. We have limited other details at the moment, other than that the formal launch will be at Eurobike in August. Pricing will be revealed then as well.
SRAM HydroHC, etap, red
Realistically, it’s likely that the main drive for this technology has come from SRAM’s road product requirements. Despite the hiccups this year, it seems likely that disc brakes will make their way into the peloton over time, and it is a rapidly growing consumer market. That’s not to say it won’t potentially benefit us, and we can’t wait to try out the groupset when it hits.
SRAM HydroHC, etap, red
In the meantime, here’s the full marketing hyperbole from SRAM:
Control. It’s what makes speed possible. The less time you spend slowing down, the more time you can spend enjoying your hard-earned speed. Hydraulic road disc brakes (HRD) offer the ultimate in braking modulation and control under any conditions—allowing you to descend faster, safer, and with more confidence.
Introducing the SRAM HydroHC™ hydraulic disc brake platform, found exclusively on SRAM RED® eTap®. SRAM HydroHC™ builds on the successes of our HydroR™ and Level™ brakesets. Regardless of hand size or brake setup preferences, HydroHC™ levers are custom tunable for a perfect fit and confidence-inspiring control. The platform offers SRAM’s renowned Reach Adjust™ and new, independent Contact Point Adjustment™, allowing complete customization of your braking. This adjustability is paired with the most ergonomic hoods available to deliver class-leading comfort, fit, and braking performance. All in the name of true advancement.

  • Available exclusively on SRAM RED® eTap®
  • Compatible only with SRAM RED® eTap® derailleurs
  • SRAM Road 11-speed crankset, chain, and cassette compatible
  • Available in both post and flat mount caliper options


  • Improved ergonomics including a smaller diameter hood for more finger wrap and Reach Adjust™ for better control
  • Contact Point Adjustment™ lets you custom tune when your levers engage—a first for HRD
  • Bleeding Edge™ technology for quick, simple bleeds
  • Complete SRAM RED® eTap® HRD product specification including MSRP available at Eurobike 2016.

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