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by Shane Stokes
February 2, 2018
Valverde takes emotional victory on stage 2 of Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Carnage in the crosswinds: How a chaotic stage 1 of the Sun Tour unfolded; Laporte seizes stage 2 victory at Etoile de Besseges over embarrassed Coquard; Report: Froome case moves next step towards judgement; Giro race director calls on UCI to clarify Froome situation; New sea-level world record for Glaetzer at Australian track nationals; Brodie Chapman’s journey from unknown rider to Herald Sun Tour champ; Quintana and Henao spearhead Movistar and Sky teams in new Colombian race; LeMond takes up special roles with Velodrome Development Foundation and World Cycling League; Atlantic City set to host 2018 USA Crits series finals; Time Alpe d’Huez climbing bike unveiled; SRAM launches its first direct-mount rim brake, the S-900; Analysing the Strava/secret military instalments fiasco; Video: Netherlands builds highway for bikes
The S-900 will be SRAM’s first direct-mount rim brake, mounted via the increasingly popular two-bolt standard first debuted by Shimano in 2012. The design increases tire clearance to 28mm. Pads are set wide to accommodate modern, wide rims. Weight nudges up compared to standard SRAM Red brakes, to a claimed 326 grams for a set from 262 grams.
The S-900 uses an offset synchronizer (which adjusts the pads for simultaneous engagement) in an effort to reduce splay force. By decreasing the amount of energy dissipated into the frame or fork, SRAM claims that modulation, power, and feel are all improved.
The new brakes are compatible with cable-actuated SRAM brake levers and direct-mount compatible frames and forks. Calipers are sold individually, are both front and rear compatible, and will be available in March.
Price: $125 | €130* | £116