SRAM Guide Ultimate

Winning our 2016 group test, the SRAM Guide Ultimate impressed us with their silky modulation, ample power and consistent bite point. The Guide Ultimate is SRAM’s top-of-the-line trail brake, like a showcase of technology they feature carbon fibre, titanium, tool-free adjustment of reach and contact point, and the superb SwingLink lever. The shapely carbon fibre blade screams quality and the contact adjuster really works; you can set up the levers to bite exactly how you like. The lever pivot runs on two sealed bearings and results in a very smooth action. Bleeding Edge technology ensures easy bleeds and the CenterLine X rotor looks amazing on the bike. For general trail riding the SRAM Guides offer up good power and deceleration: yes, there are more powerful brakes, but it’s the way that the Guides deliver their power that makes them so usable. On the trail, the bite point is predictably consistent, and feel and modulation is sublime. We did experience the ‘SRAM Guide song’ when the brakes were wet, but overall they are a great brake to live with. However, the SRAM Guide ultimates now face a new challenger in the guise of their burlier brother, the SRAM Code RSC. Adding just 120 g to the weight, the Code offers the same feel and modulation, with a more powerful finish.

SRAM’s top-of-the-line Guide Ultimates are a fantastic trail brake: lightweight, ergonomic and with ample power and modulation for all-round riding. If you need more power the Code RSC would be the better choice.


– Consistent bite point
– Class-leading sensitivity


– Expensive
– Noisy

Price: € 301 (single)
Weight: 446 g (set, w/o rotors)