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Gear Review

5 5

Great brake

I am a bike fan of the SRAM Avid brakes, great stopping power, low maintenance and light weight.

Until recently I would have said these are the best brakes on the market, but Shimano has really stepped it up in the lastest generation XT and XTR brakes, which have insane stopping power and the icetech rotors are impossibly good at shedding heat. I still think the Avid Trails are a five star brake and I am happy to see Shimano and SRAM pushing the envelope of what is possible. If I was building up a bike today I am not sure which brake I would choose, it would likely come down to a cost decision.