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.