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SRAMG2 Ultimate Disc Brake
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October 15, 2020
G2 Brake Broke
- I've used it several times
Indeed, felt solid, great trail brake. I really appreciated no "wiggle" play in the lever. But, first season, had simple uphill wet root slip and the bike, with zero velocity, laid down. And well, the brake lever snapped, right at the hanger where it attaches to the bars. super simple and snaped straight in two.
October 31, 2020
Not saying this is what happened here, but the screw hole represents a “weak point” in some designs and if the clamp had been over-tightened a bit, this could be a setup for a fracture if the lever takes a hit. Whatever the cause, better it happened when it did rather than a technical downhill section...
October 1, 2019
Best Trail Bike Brake Out There
- I've put it through the wringer
The G2 represents the latest evolution in SRAM brakes, and while this is an entirely new model it borrows a lot from the beloved Codes as well as the Guide which has been in the line for a long time. It's lightest 4 piston brake in their lineup. Coming from Guide RSCs, there are a few standout features: Some reviews have billed this brake as a Mini-Codes, and there certainly some similarities. To me the G2 has the same initial bite as the Code, but obviously not the same overall stopping power. This is achieved with a redesigned caliper, with a slightly narrower pad pocket. This is all leads to better lever feel, as you get more initial power and bite. Coupled with the improved lever feel, the braking power feels more consistent all the way through from initial pad contact, to fully locked up. On long, sustained descents the G2 is less prone to fading possibly due to better heat dissipation. Especially steep rides, where you know your brakes will heat up I've noticed these maintain power better than the Guide. Also I find that the G2 has slightly more stopping power than the Guide. So I would say a better moniker is Guide 2.0, vs Mini-code to be more indicative of the amount of power the brakes have. In a world of ever changing standards, and proprietary parts I really appreciate the fact that you can use the existing Guide Brake pads in the G2. Which really adds piece of mind on a vacation, etc where you can walk into any shop and find in-stock replacement pads. They also offer a new organic compound, which they say isn't as quiet as the previous version of Guide pad, but in the real world I haven't noticed a difference. It also has much better wear life. So if you're looking at a new set of Guides, change your focus to the G2. More power, better lever feel, same great modulation, all in lighter/stronger package.
October 16, 2020
Great review. Thanks.
July 3, 2019
Ultimate trail brakes
- I've put it through the wringer
I have run a lot of brakes over my life as a mountain biker. As far as disc brakes go I have run multiple iterations of Sram/Avid and Shimano brakes. Some have been a bust and others have been very reliable. As I have progressed as a biker I have moved to more reliable models that offer more power. To be honest I thought I found my dream brakes in the Hope Tech 3 V4 and they will always hold a special place in my heart for finish and color but I digress. This spring as I was building my new SB150 I immediately chose to put code brakes on the build list. Since those brakes came out people have really flocked to them for reliability and power as well as the modulation that Sram is known for. I am happy to report that they worked flawlessly. The new bleed process using the bleeding edge tool is so easy to make your brakes feel crisp and get a consistent feel at the lever! I do know the codes are meant for mean stopping power and is why you will see it on many a DH bike or enduro machines. I have noticed it is a go-to trail brake for many riders as well I think mainly due to their durability and consistency. However, when I had the chance to have our very loved Sram rep provide me with the opportunity to run the new G2 ultimates and even have him offer to install them himself, you bet your keister I jumped at the chance. Now that I have run the brakes for nearly a month I am willing to admit that I am smitten. Not only did I get the bling treatment with the oil slick hardware but these brakes have an amazing feel at the lever, provide outstanding modulation (if that is your thing), Provide what feels to me nearly as much power as codes, are lighter, come with color options, the contact point engagement dials actually do something and the pad retraction is amazing - no out of the box piston lubrication (yes, I was a mechanic before working as a Gearhead). So my final verdict is this: if you are building a trail bike with us or upgrading your bike put these on. You may have to do some finagling to get the bolts but you might be happy enough with the grey or black colors to choose from.
October 16, 2020
Really good review, thanks. Totally know what you mean about sticky pistons out of the box.