SRAM Rival Brake Calipers

4/5 (2 Reviews)
MSRP : $134.00

Product Description

SRAM Rival Brakeset Cold-forged arms, dual pivot design, and a proprietary pad compound providing the needed muscle, SRAMs Rival brakeset gives you powerful stopping power and positive, progressive response.  Lightweight mater...

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User Reviews

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Rafal a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: December 21, 2008

Strengths:    Power of braking. Execution. Mass. Appearance.

Weaknesses:    no

Bottom Line:   
Super! Power of braking exceeds 105 Shimano. In braking very certain. Let's it is possible to rely on. It is possible to feel moment of blocking of wheels simply (easy). Small mass very - only 285gr.

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Favorite Ride:   Beskid Maly/ Poland

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:

Similar Products Used:   Shimano 105. Shimano Ultegra.

Bike Setup:   Scott Speedster alu, fork Cr1 carbon, wcs carbon.

Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by benInMA a Road Racer

Date Reviewed: August 13, 2008

Strengths:    - Appears to have bearings on the main pivots, no sign that they are freezing up, at least after a good cleaning.

- Easy to setup

- Excellent stopping & modulation

- Brake pad is compatible with Shimano pads

Weaknesses:    - The indexed adjustment lever/pivot on one of my brakes *is* freezing up. It appears this can be disassembled so it may be fixable

- Location of the brake pad fixing bolt is inferior to other brake calipers I've used. Rather then placing the fixing bolt on the outside of the brake shoe, it is placed on the top. This causes the tiny (1mm?) allen bolt to fill with dirt & pad material, increasing the risk of stripping the bolt. In addition, this location is inaccessible on the front brake without removing the caliper from the fork. This makes it more difficult to change pads then other calipers.

- Stock pad compound is fairly poor, it seems to contain a lot of metal & will gouge rims fairly easily and has poor wet weather stopping ability. However this seems to be true of all manufacturer pads

- SRAM does not even appear to sell replacement brake pads

Bottom Line:   
A good but not spectacular brake set. I've used these for 7000 miles in both good and bad weather and they are working fine for the most part.

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Favorite Ride:   The next one..

Purchased At:   LBS with new bike

Similar Products Used:   105, Ultegra, DA

Bike Setup:   Serotta, Full Rival groupset

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