SRAM's hydraulic road disc brake recall has been well documented on road.cc, the US company issuing a steady stream of updates since the initial recall notice at the end of the last year. They have just released a video detailing some of the changes they have made to the brakes, and outlining their vision for disc brakes on road bikes.
It's clear from this video that SRAM reckon hydraulic disc brakes are a performance improvement for road bikes, saying, "If you believe in better performance, you should believe in hydraulic road brakes."
Of course, SRAM are going to say that, they've got a new hydraulic road disc groupset to sell, but a majority of road cyclists seem to remain unconvinced they're needed at all on road bikes, if comments on any article to do with disc brakes on road.cc is anything to go by.
Now it looks like the Hydro-R disc brakes, which have had design revisions since first launched, are finally on their way, SRAM telling us recently that they started shipping at the end of April. It’s been almost six months since they were first recalled.
As well as solving the issue that caused them to fail in the first place, prompting the recall of 18,000 units, they have taken this opportunity to make some design improvements.
They'll feature the new lever body design we highlighted recently, with a more ergonomic shape. The shifter paddle, SRAM's DoubleTap, is smaller for more finger clearance. Internal gubbins have been updated including easier bleeding, revised master cylinder and a high capacity bladder.
SRAM will have four groupset with hydraulic disc and rim brake options for 2015.
David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.