SRAM Guide Series Disc Brake System

DESCRIPTION

What’s it going to take to ride that line? It’s steep. It’s rocky. You’ve passed it a hundred times. But not this time. With the all-new SRAM Guide R, you have the power. Proven 4-piston calipers give you smooth, one-finger control. Features like Reach Adjust let you dial it in just right. And Guide perfectly complements other SRAM components and gives you flawless performance on every ride.

 

  Available Models:

  • Guide R
  • Guide RS
  • Guide RSC
  • Guide Ultimate

USER REVIEWS

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[Dec 29, 2020]
SARASR


OVERALL
RATING
3
Strength:

I have the Guide RC on my 2017 Enduro as the stock option, if you like modulation these have it by far if compared to Shimano's XT or even the ZEE, they do have power enough to lock the wheels up if wanted but that comes at the end of the pull of the lever. The application of power is smooth and gradual as you apply pressure. If the XT is one end of the spectrum as being to quick to lock up the wheels my experience would put guide at the other extreme, capable but very different. On the front wheel the gradual build up of force gives me that precise control while pointing down a steep without sending me over the bars.

Weakness:

As someone who likes to charge hard and push my own limits I like to have a solid feel for control over the braking, the guides for my rear brake do not provide enough force soon enough for my liking and I feel like I'm pulling the lever through the bars when you have to stop now.

Price Paid:
n/a
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2017
[Dec 29, 2020]
SARASR


OVERALL
RATING
3
Strength:

I have the Guide RC on my 2017 Enduro as the stock option, if you like modulation these have it by far if compared to Shimano's XT or even the ZEE, they do have power enough to lock the wheels up if wanted but that comes at the end of the pull of the lever. The application of power is smooth and gradual as you apply pressure. If the XT is one end of the spectrum as being to quick to lock up the wheels my experience would put guide at the other extreme, capable but very different. On the front wheel the gradual build up of force gives me that precise control while pointing down a steep without sending me over the bars.

Weakness:

As someone who likes to charge hard and push my own limits I like to have a solid feel for control over the braking, the guides for my rear brake do not provide enough force soon enough for my liking and I feel like I'm pulling the lever through the bars when you have to stop now.

Price Paid:
n/a
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2017
[Dec 29, 2020]
SARASR


OVERALL
RATING
3
Strength:

I have the Guide RC on my 2017 Enduro as the stock option, if you like modulation these have it by far if compared to Shimano's XT or even the ZEE, they do have power enough to lock the wheels up if wanted but that comes at the end of the pull of the lever. The application of power is smooth and gradual as you apply pressure. If the XT is one end of the spectrum as being to quick to lock up the wheels my experience would put guide at the other extreme, capable but very different. On the front wheel the gradual build up of force gives me that precise control while pointing down a steep without sending me over the bars.

Weakness:

As someone who likes to charge hard and push my own limits I like to have a solid feel for control over the braking, the guides for my rear brake do not provide enough force soon enough for my liking and I feel like I'm pulling the lever through the bars when you have to stop now.

Price Paid:
n/a
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2017
[Dec 29, 2020]
SARASR


OVERALL
RATING
3
Strength:

I have the Guide RC on my 2017 Enduro as the stock option, if you like modulation these have it by far if compared to Shimano's XT or even the ZEE, they do have power enough to lock the wheels up if wanted but that comes at the end of the pull of the lever. The application of power is smooth and gradual as you apply pressure. If the XT is one end of the spectrum as being to quick to lock up the wheels my experience would put guide at the other extreme, capable but very different. On the front wheel the gradual build up of force gives me that precise control while pointing down a steep without sending me over the bars.

Weakness:

As someone who likes to charge hard and push my own limits I like to have a solid feel for control over the braking, the guides for my rear brake do not provide enough force soon enough for my liking and I feel like I'm pulling the lever through the bars when you have to stop now.

Price Paid:
n/a
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2017
[Dec 29, 2020]
SARASR


OVERALL
RATING
3
Strength:

I have the Guide RC on my 2017 Enduro as the stock option, if you like modulation these have it by far if compared to Shimano's XT or even the ZEE, they do have power enough to lock the wheels up if wanted but that comes at the end of the pull of the lever. The application of power is smooth and gradual as you apply pressure. If the XT is one end of the spectrum as being to quick to lock up the wheels my experience would put guide at the other extreme, capable but very different. On the front wheel the gradual build up of force gives me that precise control while pointing down a steep without sending me over the bars.

Weakness:

As someone who likes to charge hard and push my own limits I like to have a solid feel for control over the braking, the guides for my rear brake do not provide enough force soon enough for my liking and I feel like I'm pulling the lever through the bars when you have to stop now.

Price Paid:
n/a
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2017
[Jun 09, 2020]
kagey


OVERALL
RATING
3
Strength:

Stock on a new bike, but very unimpressed. Only 200 miles or so in them but I just can't get used to the spongy feeling. All my previous disk brakes had a definitive bite point but these are just soft and squishy. If I pull hard enough I can pull the lever all the way to the bar. I guess they like to call it modulation but whatever... They do work well once you get deeper into the contact point but the initial contact point is too soft and vague. I give them 3 stars because they have been consistent and they do stop well and never seem to get too hot or overworked. I just don't like the feel in the lever.

Weakness:

Too soft and vague bite.

Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2020
[May 20, 2020]
norbertriedi


OVERALL
RATING
5
Strength:

I like the Guide Ultimate Series with Centerline 180 mm rotors and cheapest chinese no name brake pads. It brakes very good and – most important on mountain terrain – it's reliable! I ride it on a BOLD Linkin Trail classic 29" bike since octobre 2016. Total elevation gain 755'474 m, 11588 km, 1178 hours. 378'737 m of the total elevation gain is downhill (rough alpine single trails only). I service/bleed the system once or twice a year (disassemble, clean all parts, control/replace pistons & o-rings if necessary). Best bleeding video instructions in my opinion is Park Tool's < https://youtu.be/ITBXxS8qirQ > (How To Bleed Hydraulic Disc Brakes – SRAM® Bleeding Edge). I clean the four pistons external when it's time to replace brake pads. Pads I used last average: Chinese No Name (very cheap), alu/resin, 1800 km; SRAM (expensive), steel/sinter, 600 km; SRAM (expensive), Alu/organic, 500 km; Swissstop (very expensive), alu/resin, 350 km

Weakness:

Expensive spare parts.

Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2016
[Mar 30, 2020]
deputydog2003


OVERALL
RATING
1
Strength:

They look nice

Weakness:

They are terrible brakes. I just bought a Specialized Stumpjumper aluminum comp that came with Guide R brakes. I gave them a good shot, but I opted to pay almost $500.00 to upgrade the breaker on my brand new Stumpjumper. That’s how bad the SRAM brakes are compared to Shimano. I replaced them with the Shimano XT Diore brakes and I couldn’t be happier. Everyone in the bike industry says the same thing... the SRAM brakes are soft and the Shimano brakes stop on a dime. Do yourself a favor and stay away from the Guide R brakes!

Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2020
[Sep 30, 2019]
Lfuerst1300


OVERALL
RATING
1
Strength:

There are none

Weakness:

This is the second set in 2 years, they compress and stay compressed. They break when we are out of town which makes them difficult to get repaired.

Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2016
[Sep 23, 2019]
slj


OVERALL
RATING
1
Strength:

The strengths of the guide R are Good heat dissipation on long downhill rides Good traction on levers during wet weather

Weakness:

Poor performance in hot weather If left in the sun they lock up even after recall replacement Levels scratch easily with minor crashes Accumulate mud and grim on pads which can score discs Long travel until biting point too much modulation Personal experience I’ve had these breaks bled twice and replaced once under the recall period they are just overall not very good for the money. They rub constantly and lock up in the sun. I’ve had to cool my breaks and master cylinder before races because the breaks were locked up. They are also a pain to service they take DOT fluid which is extremely dangerous if handled incorrectly you have to cover the bike up so you don’t ruin the paint. During very minor crashes they get scratched and look awful it’s.

Price Paid:
220
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
2017
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