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SRAM lightens cable disc brake

Published September 10, 2012

CHICAGO, IL (BRAIN) — SRAM has lightened its venerable BB8 cable-actuated disc brake calipers by about 25 grams per wheel. The company also is introducing a new cable set designed to optimize performance with the brakes.

The new BB7 Road SL were made lighter with titanium hardware, aluminum backing plates, and lighter organic friction pad material.

The calipers also have a new "Falcon Grey" anodizing to match SRAM’s road groupsets that much easier. The RSL is available aftermarket with 140 or 160mm HS1 rotor and titanium rotor bolts. 

SRAM's new SlickWire Road Brake XL Cable Kit has reinforced compressionless housing that is 30 percent lighter than traditional wound brake housing. The kit includes aluminum SRAM ferrules, rubber frame protectors and PTFE-coated 1.6mm cables. 

At Eurobike earlier this month, a SRAM spokesman said the company has "no timeframe" for introducing a hydraulic actuated road disc brake and lever. The company showed journalists some illustrations of the hydraulics earlier this year. 

The new brakes will be available in November and retail for $170 per set. The cables also will be available in November and retail for $45.

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