SRAM launch their most powerful brake ever with the Maven.

SRAM launch their most powerful brake ever with the Maven.

Today sees the launch of the new SRAM Maven, the most powerful brake they have ever produced and likely the new benchmark in high power brake systems of any kind.

While the headline figure will be the huge 50% more power at maximum pull than the existing Code brake, there is much more to the new Maven than simple brute force. Along with the extra power, the brakes feel has also been refined, now needing 32% less effort at the lever to generate the same power at the rotor. That lighter touch means less fatigue, a more relaxed grip for more control and as a result, the ability to simply ride your bike for longer.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the well established and much liked feel and ergonomics of the SRAM levers, with pivot points, lever length and reach / contact adjustments all carrying over from the Code and G2 brakes.

SRAM Maven brake levers

The new calliper isn’t just visually bigger, the pistons have grown to 19.5mm and 18mm for more contact and friction, with the piston volume to lever ratios re-optimised to make the most of the increased size.  A 4 bolt construction minimises flex and the calliper as a whole is designed to be thermally stable, preventing spikes and drops in temperature for consistent performance.

Perhaps the biggest change the Maven will now allow is that the extra power now on tap means that riders will no longer need to spec the biggest rotor possible just to get enough bite from their brakes. Rotor size and type can now be used like a volume control for the brake to get individual riders into the correct temperature and power window for their own weight and riding styles; with more than a 28% difference in power and heat distribution between 180mm and 220mm there is huge scope for adjustment. 

SRAM Maven brake on HS2 rotor

Often overlooked, heat management is a huge factor in brake performance. Too cold and brakes will lack bite, while overheating can result in glazed pads and rotors or degraded fluid. The improved power, combined with the range of rotor sizes now means that the Maven can be optimised for every eventuality, so that from the smallest to largest rider, everyone can choose the correct rotor size to keep their brakes at an optimal temperature without having to compromise on power to do so.

SRAM Maven riding in Squamish

As you’d expect, the Maven will be available in a range of options, with perhaps the most interesting being the Ultimate expert kit. A limited edition run, the kit comprises a set of Ultimate brakes with custom red splash callipers, four rotors spanning 180mm to 220mm, brake mounts and a pro bleed kit giving a huge amount of flexibility in a single package. 

The individual brakes come in three spec levels, with every brake using the lever swing link and featuring stealth lever architecture for improved cable routing. All Maven brakes use Maxima Mineral Brake Oil.

Maven Ultimate features a high polish body, Ti hardware, tool free reach and contact point adjustment. 

Maven Silver has all the same adjustments, but uses steel hardware in place of the Ti bolts of the Ultimate level brake and is Black Anodised.

Maven Bronze maintains the full system power but forgoes the contact point adjustment for  a simpler, value minded system. 

We’ve been lucky enough to get hold of some of the first Maven Ultimate expert kits, arriving with us next week, which not only give access to a one off colour but are actually cheaper than a regular set of Ultimate brakes! Stock is very limited on these so get in touch to reserve a set. 

SRAM Maven brake in action

Get in touch to reserve yours...

☎️  01896 831429


SRAM Maven Ultimate expert kit: £599

SRAM Maven Ultimate Brake: £320

SRAM Maven Silver Brake: £285

SRAM Maven Bronze Brake: £200


  • tweedvalleybikes

    Sorry all. We sold our whole pre-launch batch almost instantly and the kits were a one-off for the new brake. The regular stock is due any time now.

  • Paul Williams

    Hi do you have the sram maven expert kit in stock

  • Ozzy

    Hi is it possible to reserve a new expert kit please?

  • Steven Purvis

    Hi, if still available, can I please reserve the new SRAM Ultimate Expert Kit brakes.

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