Lever feel, consistency, power and adjustment are all top-notch
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.
The £44 rotor and £10 adapter aren’t included, which means you’re looking at £294 per end all in. That said the Code RSC is flagship model and gets reach, Swinglink and Contact Point features, hence the nomenclature.
Reach and Contact Point (Bite point) are adjusted via dials on the front of the lever and Swing-Link is an internal mechanism that results in more positive pad engagement. To reduces play the lever pivots on a cartridge bearing and like all SRAM models, features a split clamp with Matchmaker X compatibility.
To cut weight, the RSC caliper gets phenolic pistons and if you look closely, you’ll also be able to see the new Heat Shield, a stainless-steel deflector between the pads and calliper body to improve heat management. To boost stopping power, two of the pistons are 16mm, which is only an extra millimetre bigger but it does increase brake power by 15%. Also having smaller lead pistons mean the brake can toe-in slightly, making it feel less grabby.
For ease of access the pads are top loading and to speed up the bleed procedure, the Code features SRAM’s Bleeding Edge technology. This is small port on the caliper that accepts a plug-in adapter.
This brake feels rocks solid but with just the right amount of feedback.
The Code RSC is a lump of cash but it’s powerful, superbly modulated and feels great. Meaty enough DH/enduro/all mountain but light enough if you want to mount it to a trail bike.