£199.99 (+ £49.99 ro­tor)

Hayes bring their A-game

Mountain Biking UK - - FIRST LOOK -

The all-new Do­min­ion A4 marks Hayes’ re­turn to the high-end brake market. With a pow­er­ful four-pis­ton de­sign, the brand’s stiffest cal­liper yet and a chunky weight of 504g per end (brake, 180mm ro­tor, bracket and hard­ware), it looks best suited to en­duro, down­hill and e-bike du­ties. It’s got some neat fea­tures, in­clud­ing a dual-port bleed sys­tem, glide rings for smoother pis­ton move­ment and grub screws for has­sle-free cal­liper align­ment. Hayes have also placed a lot of em­pha­sis on lever feel. The brake has been de­signed to have the short­est dead stroke (lever throw be­fore the pads start to move) pos­si­ble and a crisp bite point, and the blade piv­ots on car­tridge bear­ings for a lighter feel. Could this be the stop­per that ends SRAM and Shi­mano’s dom­i­na­tion? www.hot­lines-uk.com

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