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Two ti­tans wage a war—of slow­ness—as a VER­SUS battle pro­nounces the vic­tor be­tween Code and Saint brakes while se­nior writer Ryan Palmer TESTS Trek’s metic­u­lous up­dates to its Rem­edy 9.9 chun­der-con­sum­ing mon­ster.

bikes than the Saints, is the same rea­son they’re in­fe­rior down­hill brakes—they’re not nearly as strong. That’s right, if you’re look­ing for ul­ti­mate power the Saints have more of it, but I pre­fer the Codes as all-rounders. It’s not just a power thing, but also fit. Even though they look bulkier than the Saints, the Code bod­ies are ac­tu­ally twice as thin, so they in­ter­fere less with other things like shifters, drop­per levers and re­mote lock­outs. The clamps are also more stream­lined, which fur­ther helps them play nice with ad­ja­cent con­trols. Also, the con­tact-point-ad­just­ment fea­ture ac­tu­ally works. It al­lows you to match the throw of the front and rear levers without any pro tricks. I can al­ways po­si­tion the end of that lever blade ex­actly where I want, and that counts for a lot. The one thing I don’t love is the noise they some­times make. Codes come with metal­lic sin­tered pads, which make that an­noy­ing turkey war­bling sound in dry, dusty con­di­tions, that any­one who has ever run SRAM or Avid brakes knows all too well. If you’re us­ing these brakes for ev­ery­day rid­ing like I am, I’d rec­om­mend swap­ping to the qui­eter or­ganic ones.

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