As its name implies, this is the Ultimate brake design for cross-country and light trail use. Sram has taken the same technology used in the brake that Loic Bruni rode to a Downhill World Championship and packed it into smaller, sleeker, lighter-weight and XC-optimized package. The carbon-fibre level blade pulls crisp and clean thanks to pivot bearings and DirectLink™ design. And it maintains that feel throughout the ride because it is matched to Sram's monoblock, two-piston calliper. This calliper’s superior heat management and smooth piston actuation give you braking power exactly when and how you need it, while the Bleeding Edge™ design significantly simplifies fluid maintenance.
- Lever blade material: Carbon.
- Calliper design: Monoblock 2-piston.
- Master material: Aluminium.
- Pad: Aluminium-backed organic.
- Fluid: DOT 5.1.
- Adjustment: Tooled reach adjust.
- MatchMaker™ X clamp included.
- Ambidextrous: Yes.
- Hardware: Titanium.
- Intended Use: XC, Trail.
- Real weight (brake set): 414 g (Black), 417g (Gold).
Bleeding Edge™ technology makes bleeding brakes quick and simple. An updated fluid path and bleed porting make it easier to push fluid through the calliper. A dedicated bleed adapter plugs into the bleed port and seals the system to minimize air contamination and fluid loss.
Sram’s DirectLink lever design produces a solid, positive feel the second you squeeze the lever to engage the brake It offers a no-nonsense solution to give you precise control.
Heat is an enemy of any brake system, so advancements in heat management mean advancements in your ride. Sram has found that in its systems DOT 5.1 takes almost three times longer to boil than DOT 4, thus allowing flawless, fade-free performance in even more extreme conditions.
Sram’s new brake lever design includes a reshaped bladder that helps regulate and reduce air bubbles. The bladder is specifically shaped to evacuate air from the lever and push the fluid exactly where it’s needed. The result is improved back-pressure relief, which produces dependable braking power and consistency.
The stainless steel heat shields breaks the thermal connection between the pad and calliper body, reducing calliper fluid temperature by about 20°C even in the most extreme testing conditions.
Lever Pivot Bearings
Precision sealed bearings at the lever pivot enhance the clean, crisp lever actuation and consistent, light, one-finger feel.
MatchMaker X (MMX)
The MatchMaker X clamp is more than just a clamp. It’s like having Martha Stewart tidy up your cockpit. Since each clamp accepts up to three controls, you can put everything from your XLoc suspension lockout, your Sram shifters and Avid brake levers as well as your Reverb XLoc remote, all on two clamps. Short of genetically engineering longer thumbs, it’s the ideal way to put everything within easy reach. Just like Martha would.
The brake fluid reservoir on Sram’s latest lever design is optimized for both performance and ease of use. The PiggyBack Reservoir offers a simple, failsafe way to manage brake fluid, and also allows for ambidextrous lever placement—so you can switch your levers on the handlebar and run them moto without hassle.
Timing Port Closure
A hydraulic brake’s timing port is the connection between the reservoir and the master cylinder bore. When the lever is squeezed, a cup seal passes this area and closes the port, which pressurizes the system. Sram’s new timing port closure system features durable seals and an ultra-smooth cylinder bore finish, producing dependable braking power and consistency.
- Front brake: Ambidextrous (hose length: 950 mm).
- Rear brake: Ambidextrous (hose length: 1800 mm).
Brake kit is ready to be used with hoses, fluid, pads and accessory kit for hydraulic hose length reduction included.
Rotors and adapters not included.
Requires Bleeding Edge™ bleed adapter.