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SRAMForce Brake Calipers

Sale 19% OffCurrent price:$119.95 Original price:$148.00

Item # SRM0266

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Item # SRM0266

Force Brake Calipers

From afar, Force looks like Red's twin, much in the way Rival used to look like Force's twin. The big change is that the arms that support the brake cable-housing stop look thinner, more graceful. From the side, the cutouts are bigger. They call it a "skeletonized" design. The differences that separate these Force calipers from Red start with the color. The finish here is a nice grey anodizing, called Zephyr Silver, rather than polished like Red. The brake shoes don't have the cutouts that the Red shoes have, and while you may not be able to see it, Force doesn't have the titanium bolts and such that Red calipers have; instead, they rely on stainless steel parts. Like Red, the Force calipers use cold forged aluminum for the arms.

In terms of function, Force is nearly identical to Red. There is a hex-head spring tension adjusting screw on the side to adjust the feel of the squeeze. There is also a hex-head screw atop the calipers for easy centering. The brake shoes come with SwissStop pads manufactured to SRAM's all-weather spec.

The SRAM Force Brake Calipers come two to a set. The quick release is indexed for precise opening and closing, and there's a micro-adjusting barrel against the cable housing. The brake pads are replaceable with any Shimano/SRAM-compatible pad. The claimed weight of the SRAM Force brake calipers is 280g per set.

  • Dual-pivots add braking power and enhances progressive feel for more precise modulation
  • Skeletonized design eliminates extra material for lighter weight
  • Fully adjustable for a customized feel
  • Cold-forged arms and stainless steel pivots will last for years
  • Indexed quick-release provides quick, precise settings

  • Two brakes per set
  • Skeletonized arms
  • Stainless steel hardware

Tech Specs
Typeroad caliper
Recommended Usecycling

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What do you think about this product?



Are these compatible shimano 105 5800 series sti levers? I've seen these have better tire clearance than the 5800 series brakes. Potentially up to 32mm tires.


Do these calipers work with the older Force 10 speed shifter/levers? I know Shimano has some compatibility issues with newer calipers and older shifters.


Will these (or comparable Red calipers) fit wider Zipp 404 Firecrest 27.5mm rim width?

Hi Bret, these calipers will be plenty wide for those rims.


will these sram force calipers have enough clearance for a 28mm continental grand prix2 tire? Bought the tires discovered that the current brake set up is fine on the front but very tight on the rear rubbing tire under stress sooo any clue if this brake set up has the range for 28mm's with a little space for breathing room? thanks Alex

>Rating: 4


I've put it through the wringer

Awesome looking group and functions perfectly. I prefer Sram over shimano, and this group is worth it. This group isn't much heavier than Red.


Are the SRAM FORCE BRAKE CALIPERS dual pivot or single pivot?

Hi James, these are dual pivot brakes.


What rim width do these accommodate? Same as the Red 22 Aero brakes?

Hey Brian, these should accommodate the vast majority of road bike rim widths currently in the market. Send me an email at with further questions.

>Rating: 5

I Got the Power!* *to stop

I've used it several times

Let me tell you about the brakes I used to have: no trust. In the circle of trust, they were lightyears beyond, somewhere close to drivers texting while passing cyclists, or my dog around a dinner plate (bye, burgers). These brakes are crucial! No more am I strengthening my grip as I try to control speed through switchbacks down canyons! Nay! Rather, I am able to feather the brakes as needed and cruise on through the corners, confident I'll be able to stop when I need. These have have such an impact in my riding. I'm more confident and able to crush or cruise, depending on the day and the soundtrack.

>Rating: 4

Good brakes for single-speed frame

I've used it several times

I bought these for my ten year old Specialized Langster set up as a single-speed commuter. I wanted to upgrade it to good quality dual-pivots. Shimano 105 calipers didn't have enough clearance between caliper arms and the seatstays, but these fit pretty well. I got to try them out on the first ride since a big SUV almost cut me off and I had to do an emergency stop. These are much more powerful stoppers than my old side-pulls and possibly saved my behind! Good modulation too.


are these a bright silver like in the picture? or the normal dark gunmetal grey color?

>Rating: 4

It just works!

I've put it through the wringer

Reliable, easy to install and solid modulation. What else can you ask for at this price point? The gun metal anodizing is pretty nice too! I used these on my 2nd bike, My set of brakes has about 3k miles them and zero issues. I would say, I neglect them more than my main ride so the durable finish is appreciated! Only minor qualm, the chisel look was unique at first but now it's not so hot.

>Rating: 5

Excellent performance

I've put it through the wringer

I was a diehard Shimano Ultegra/DA fan until I bought a bike with full Force. These brakes have better feel and modulation than even my older DA or new Ultegra brakes. Great stopping power, and love the adjustor for squeeze tension. One more note: SRAM's Doubletap levers ensure no braking feel is messed up by the brake also functioning as a shifter. I'm a SRAM convert.


Are SRAM Force brake calipers compatible...

Are SRAM Force brake calipers compatible with Ultegra 6700 shifters?

They should work without a problem, I'm running the "Red" on Sora shifters



>Rating: 5

Crisp modulation!

I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These are great in a nutshell. Love the finish as well. Lightweight and positive stopping without all the mushiness some brakes can give you regardless of what you do to remedy it. Well worth the money and make your bike blingish!