SRAM RED 22 Hydraulic Brakes
Monday, April 15, 2013

Why Hydraulic?


Road braking has remained in the dark ages. Sure, they’re shinier and lighter, but rudimentary. While frame and drive train development has been the stuff of modern space exploration, road braking has languished with the likes of horse shoes and buggy whips. Until now.

SRAM, long a leader in hydraulic braking technology with our Avid brand, has reset the vision for road bike braking for the coming decade. Not unlike every other high speed conveyance, SRAM brings hydraulic technology to road cycling for multiple applications. Disc or rim brake, SRAM will stop what you’ve propelled, faster and with better modulation.

SRAM Hydraulic Road Rim Brakes

Hydraulic Road Rim (HRR) brakes still face many of these challenges because we are relying on the same braking surface and friction materials (pads). We can produce more braking force with less hand effort using hydraulics along with a sealed system that doesn’t suffer from cable drag if installed on a frame with tight radii.

SRAM Hydraulic Road Disc Brakes

Hydraulic Road Disc (HRD) brakes take this the next level. We can create more braking power and control by braking onto a steel rotor than we can achieve on any carbon or aluminium rim given the weight constraints of a wheel. No heat is transferred into the tire or tube improving safety. Wheel designs are free from the constraints of accommodating a braking surface.

Master Cylinder and Shifter

  • All new master cylinder specifically designed for road applications.
  • New RED 22 shifter design and ergonomics including reach adjust.
  • Standard & Moto options are available.
  • Lower hand forces required.
  • Open system hydraulic.
  • Fully sealed system.
  • Easy bleed access.

See the full SRAM RED 22 groupset.

Hydraulic Road Disc (HRD)

  • Optimized power & modulation for road & cross.
  • 19mm front/18mm rear pistons.
  • Lower hand forces required.
  • Road specific caliper and piston ratio.
  • Fully sealed system.
  • Quick-disconnect Banjo Option (OEM option).
  • Rotors & caliper mounting spacers/brackets are sold separately.
  • 160mm for pavement, 140mm option for off-road.
  • 449 grams per wheel (Lever, Caliper, Hose and 160mm HSX rotor).

See the full SRAM RED 22 groupset.

Hydraulic Road Rim (HRR)

  • Optimized power & modulation for road.
  • Quick Release.
  • Tools-free contact point adjust.
  • Tire clearance: 28c.
  • Firecrest™ rim compatibility (27.4mm).
  • 387 grams per wheel (Lever, Caliper, Housing 600mm).

See the full SRAM RED 22 groupset.

SRAM S-700 Hydraulic Disc Brake

  • 10 Speed Compatible Only.
  • Aluminum Shift and Brake levers.
  • Steel-backed pads.
  • Stainless hardware.
  • HS1 rotors sold separately.
  • 160mm for pavement; 140mm option for off-road.
  • 493 grams per wheel (Lever, Caliper, Hose and 160mm HS1 rotor)

Full specs of the S-700 Hydraulic Disc Brake.

SRAM S-700 Hydraulic Rim Brake

  • 10 Speed Compatible Only.
  • Aluminum Shift and Brake levers.
  • Stainless hardware.
  • Quick Release.
  • Tool-free contact point adjust.
  • Tire clearance: 28c.
  • Firecrest rim compatibility (27.4mm).
  • 422 grams per wheel (Lever, Caliper, Housing 600mm)

Full specs of the S-700 Hydraulic Rim Brake.


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