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SRAMLevel TL Disc Brake

$102.00

Item # SRM00EW

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Item # SRM00EW
Description

Level TL Disc Brake

The only thing better than a strong and well-modulating brake is one that doesn't break the bank and that's exactly what you get with the Level TL Disc Brake from SRAM. While SRAM's hydraulic disc brakes have had somewhat of a checkered past, with the addition of the Guide and Level lines, the performance and reliability have grown by leaps and bounds and while we had reservations about equipping our bikes with them before, we wouldn't hesitate running them now. Welcome to the Level TL shares some technology with the all-mountain and enduro-going Guide brakes but in a more low-weight platform designed for XC use.

Compared to the Guides, the Levels shave weight by omitting two of the pistons bringing the number from four to two and replacing the tool-free reach adjust with a design that saves weight but does require tool intervention. The TL also makes cost concessions by using a two-part body instead of a one-piece design. The difference in performance is, however, that feature is expected on the higher-tier models. Other cost-saving features include the use of good old alloy and steel versus more exotic materials like carbon and titanium. Again, these features are academic in use and only add a few grams over the spendier versions.

Compared to the ill-fated Avid Elixir, Levels aren't nearly as finicky to bleed. Gone are the days of a spongy lever just because you hung your bike vertical on a bike hook, often right after a bleed. Additionally, a new expandable bladder design reduces air contamination by expunging air from the lever and reserving the lines for fluid only. The Level TL uses SRAM's tried and true DOT 5.1 hydraulic fluid. SRAM claims that the latest generation of DOT resists boiling over three times longer than its predecessor, DOT 4, and frankly if its good enough for use in our cars and motos, its good enough for our bikes.

The Level's ability to eliminate air contamination, its revised bladder shape, and DOT fluid all contribute in making this XC-rated brake strong enough to venture into the all-mountain realm and the inclusion of SRAM's new timing port closure design also helps ensure that the levers' power comes on smooth, and with a one-finger operation. The levers are also MatchMaker and MMX compatible, and the PiggyBack Reservoirs let you run the brakes moto-style if you'd like.

  • SRAM Level braking performance at a more attractive price
  • Uses a two-piston caliper to save weight over Guides
  • Direct Link lever design for ergonomic braking control
  • Piggyback reservoir allows for ambidextrous lever placement
  • Expandable bladder better rids air when bled
  • MatchMaker/MMX compatible for a cleaner cockpit
  • Comes with steel-backed organic pads
  • SRAM CenterLine Rotors are not included

Tech Specs
Leverforged aluminum
Lever Adjustabilityreach
ActuationHydraulic
Caliper2-piston
Mount TypePost
FluidDOT 5.1
Pre-Bledyes
Recommended Usecross-country
Manufacturer Warranty2 years
Weight

Actual Weight

Black, Front, Left
272g
9.59oz
Black, Rear, Right
297g
10.48oz

Claimed Weight

Claimed weights are provided by the vendor.

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[direct mount, 800mm hose, 160mm CL rotor] 13.1oz
370g

Actual weights are measured in-house by the Competitive Cyclist team.

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>Rating: 1

Not too good

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Height
6` 2"
Weight
175 lbs

These came stock on my 2020 Santa Cruz Blur Tr. Bought the bike late last summer. Rode a few hundred miles in the fall.. This spring after a ride or two, brakes felt very weak. Had my mech bleed and install new pads. By mid summer this year, started to notice limited power. After reading these reviews, I have to agree, these are not very good. Actually so bad that I just bought a set of XT here. Always have had great performance with XT. Looking forward to getting out with a responsive set of brakes.

>Rating: 2

Trash

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

These brakes came stock on my Specialized Chisel. They are difficult to line up and they squeal in dry conditions and even louder in wet conditions. They also have very limited range so they lock up easily. I’ve had several scary moments when the rear tire nearly washed out on my while coming in hot on a sharp turn. The pad life is poor and I can’t wait to upgrade. I think the cheepo Deore that is on my wife’s Scott Contessa offer better performance. I’m sure Sram’s higher end brakes are solid performers but I can’t wait to buy some SLX or XT 4 piston brakes.

If you are use to shimano bikes then you will hate Sram bikes. Like how I hate any Shimano bikes because I like Sram brakes because that is what I have used and Magura (actually my favorite but a such a pain to bleed). To me your review means nothing because you started off comparing them to not only Shimano XT but 4 piston witch would be compared to the G2 or code line of brakes. Even with in the Sram line the Level feels way different than the code because of 2 vs 4.

>Rating: 5

No Complaints, they stop the bike

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Height
5` 8"
Weight
155 lbs

These came stock on my Spesh Epic hardtail which I race XC on. I did destroy a lever in a wreck but that happens. Otherwise these brakes have been just fine, I currently only own Sram hydraulic disc bikes (Shimano Rim brakes). No bleeds needed in 1500miles of use, just replace pads when needed and keep on keeping on.

>Rating: 1

Not a fan

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Height
6` 1"
Weight
175 lbs

These came stock on my new Fuji Tahoe 1.5. Stopping power is not effective whatsoever and needed replacement within a month. DISCLOSURE: I do ride my bikes hard, therefore certain parts may need premature replacement. However, my Shimano brakes that I ran for years never got to this point.

>Rating: 1

The worst brakes I have *ever* used

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Have ridden for >10 years and used Madura, Avid, Shimano brakes. My old bike was set up with Shimano XT brakes which I love for their modulation, raw power and absolute lack of brake fade. In comparison, these SRAM brakes came stock on my new epic EVO and I could not believe how absolutely horrendous they are. Hitting the brakes feels like gently asking the bike to slow down, their stopping power is pathetic and brake fade is abysmally bad. Honestly I have no clue how anyone could make such horrid brakes. Do not buy these after market. If your bike came stock with these, upgrade. All in all, these brakes are plain and simple aweful.

+1 I have the Epic Evo too and am looking to replace them

+1 Definitely weak af brakes. These came on Santa Cruz Blur and I replaced them asap.

If you are use to shimano bikes then you will hate Sram bikes. Like how I hate any Shimano bikes because I like Sram brakes because that is what I have used and Magura (actually my favorite but a such a pain to bleed). To me your review means nothing because you started off comparing them to not only Shimano XT but 4 piston witch would be compared to the G2 or code line of brakes. Even with in the Sram line the Level feels way different than the code because of 2 vs 4.