SRAM Red Aero Link Brake Calipers
- Item: SRM0301 Actual Weight:"Actual Weight" means we weighed this item ourselves. 250 g
In a sport where the beauty and efficiency of speed is of the essence, it's no simple task to inject any semblance of sex appeal into a device whose entire role is to defuse that speed. The original SRAM Red Brakes were sleek and attractive enough, but there was little to differentiate between Red and Force, besides the marginal weight savings. The goal of SRAM engineers was to create a clearer definition between their gruppos, while still improving on the original Red caliper. The SRAM Red Aero Link Brake Calipers accomplish this by reducing weight and increasing braking power, while still reducing the front brake's aerodynamic profile as much as possible. No small task, but thanks to SRAM's newly introduced AeroLink Arm with its Force Multiplier Link, the SRAM engineers have hit the mark with flying colors.
SRAM first obtained a patent for that AeroLink arm; a tiny pivot joint that hides behind the svelte calipers and multiplies braking power and modulation. This unique innovation allowed SRAM to greatly shrink the caliper's frontal area, as you can see in the greatly simplified cable routing where the triangular, skeletal caliper juncture once was. From the spring adjusters, to the cable clamp, to the caliper’s overall face, no detail was overlooked in its potential to reduce drag. This is also apparent in SRAM's redesign of the two-position barrel adjuster, where a grippy, soft touch coating takes on a shark fin profile as it meets the wind.
Longer rides in bad weather tend to take a much quicker toll on brake pads. SRAM accounted for this, making the quick-release lever easier to access, and including a four-position indexed release. This essentially removes the adjustment guesswork when it's time to loosen or tighten your calipers to account for respective pad wear. And yes, even the lever points out of the wind, when fully locked.
As an added bonus, the new SRAM Red Aero Link Brake Calipers are perfect for accommodating the wider tires riders often choose for fondos or brutal cobbled classics, as the pad-to-pad width was also widened to 31 millimeters, creating a maximum tire clearance of 28 millimeters. The brakeset's newly designed aero pad retainers ship with SwissStop Rash Pro pads.