This week SRAM officially took the wraps off of two new key products, hydraulic disc brakes and a new 11 speed drive train called SRAM 22.
To test their new hydraulic road disc brakes, SRAM says they sent test riders down the Stelvio wearing 150 pound packs for a total weight, with bikes, of more than 250 pounds. As they told the assembled media at the 22 launch, they did this repeatedly with no boiling or fade. It was also mentioned that if hydraulic brakes ever did boil over, they only fail if you release the lever. SRAM, which has been developing the new hydraulic system for the last two years clearly learned how to avoid some of the most common issues with hydraulic brakes and high speed braking. I imagined in the initial test runs was a bit like the trench run in Star Wars with a call to the headset of the rider that said, “you’re running hot, don’t let go!” Then they re-calibrated and tested again.
Full-meal deal, demo bike
Sending a pack of journalist up into the hills and down the steep canyons above Westlake Village meant SRAM is fully confidant in their new road disc brakes, or in their insurance carrier. I can assure you these work to bring a rider to an on-the-dime stop at a light or on a twenty percent drop before a hard left into S-curves at 40 mph. These are game changers. For decades the biggest developments in bikes has been to go faster and with little development in how we slow, modulate, or control speed. Even the newest brakes, like the EEs on a Venge, are about how light they are, not how well they stop.
An Evo with Hydro is one hot setup