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Old 01-12-18, 06:25 PM   #1
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Shimano vs. Sram hydraulic brakes

I currently have 6800 hydraulic which I'm pretty happy with. Thinking of getting Sram 1x. How are their hydraulic brakes compared to Shimano's? I've heard they can be noisier. But the Shimano ones are also noisy in the rain or muddy conditions. Are there any differences in braking modulation and lever throw?
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I'll answer my question. Had a chance to ride a Sram Force 1 bike today. Brakes seem to engage earlier into the lever travel, but the initial bite is definitely not as good as Shimano.

I went in open minded and hopeful of settling on Force 1 since it'd be simpler and maybe cheaper than doing what I wanted with Shimano, but I didn't like the shifter action at all. The worst was maybe the shifter size. They are huge compared to Shimano hydro. They're bulkier than my previous gen Ultegra RS685 shifter and there's no comparison to the new 8020. The 8020's still carry a little extra height compared to cable brake shifters, but the profile in the hand has become so svelte. On hydro, Sram has been standing still while Shimano has evolved the product.

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Too bad Magura does not make a road lever any more .. their Hydro Rim brakes are excellent.
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Funny enough I had the opposite reaction. Shimano DA 9120 hydro super bulky feeling and not any better than previous gen, and Force1 felt great in my hands with the yíall hoods, so went with Sram. FYI Iím trafitionally a DA/ultegra fanboy.

I do like the initial bite on the DA a little better at first but have gotten used to it. Also switched to the newest DA rotors for Fx1 which helped give it a more shimano-feel.
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Yea I know at my LBS the wrenches get a grin on their face when they work on Shimano discs....someone comes in with SRAM brakes to either work on or build a bike up with, they aren't smiling as much.
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They both work very well. People have preferences for one or the other based on a variety of factors. Asking a group of people which is best will get you a variety of opinions, mostly based on which one they have. Often something different than what you are used to will be interpreted as not as good, but I find that after a short period of adjustment, the new thing becomes just as natural. BTW, every disc brake bike I have ridden was noisy in rain and in soupy mud.

I have owned a couple of bikes with SRAM hydros and have ridden many with Shimano hydros. I would tend to make my choice based on which shift levers I prefer or derailleur characteristics more than the differences I have experienced with the brakes.

I would wager that the Campagnolo hydraulic brakes are also very good.
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Iíve standardised on Shimano hydraulics because I prefer dealing with their oil than DOT fluid. No other real reason. Not sure if thatís important to many people though.
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I pretty much agree with everything in #2.
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