The TRP G-Spec Quadiem huge lever and chunky caliper gives off as strong sense they're built to take some serious abuse and dish out some big forces.
All the action with the Shimano XT M8020 disc brake is at the caliper; four ceramic pistons which Shimano claims a boost in power and heat dissipation.
SRAM Guide RE brake is designed to deliver the extra stopping power required by a 20kg e-bike, but it works really well on any regular trail bike.
Once fitted to our test bike, our initial impressions of the SRAM Code RSC disc brake were how noticeably firm it felt as you grabbed the lever.
For £188 you get a full set of Magura MT Trail Sport brakes complete with stainless steel rotors (£25) and adapters (£8.50).
At £175 per end, the Hope Tech 3 E4 undercuts quite a few of the top end brakes but you will still need to add £45 for the two-piece floating
Hayes Dominion A4 is brake with tons of power and modulation. To save you buying stuff you don’t need, it's also available without rotors and adapters.
Sitting at the cheaper end of the SRAM range, the SRAM Level is another brake you'll find equipped on many lower priced mountain bikes.
Shimano Deore M6000 disc brake keeps bumping up the standard of what a budget stopper can really be, premium performance with a great price.
Yep, you’re not reading that wrong – the Clarks Clout1 disc brake is indeed £25 per wheel. And that includes a stainless-steel rotor.
Goodbye Guide, hello G2. SRAM have a new trail disc brake. We've tested the SRAM G2 Ultimate and it has alloy rotors, 'Power pads' and improved consistency.
With its alloy spider, the Disco Brakes Floating Rotor will save up to 30g per wheel depending on what you’re taking off.
The SRAM Guide RS disc brake has a 4-piston caliper and SRAM's SwingLink lever technology that aims to gives more positive pad contact.
Magura MT7 have a clearly defined bite point and maximum power. The new HC lever blade modulates the braking power as desired.
The Shimano Zee M640 disc brake comes with a Servo-Wave brake lever, 4-piston ceramic disc brake caliper, high-power hose and short lever for stiffness.
Hope Race Evo E4 takes the performance of the solid all rounder E4 caliper and sheds a few more precision grams with titanium bolts as standard.
For many world cup downhill racers the Shimano Saint M810 disc brake is standard equipment, proven on multiple occasions it's worthy of a medal or two.
The Hope Tech 3 V4 is their flagship high powered brake and sits just above their E4 when we're talking power.
The SRAM Level TLM is aimed firmly at the XC and trail segment and is one of the lightest disc brakes in our test.
Another bike brand favourite, the Shimano XT M8000 disc brake showcases big performance features for the lowest priced brake in the mid-price category.