Are Four-Piston Brakes Making A Comeback? Avid Prototype Spotted!

Yesterday rumors began to swirl after SRAM released images of what appeared to be a prototype derailleur with stabilization technology similar to the recently released Shimano Shadow system.   A closer look at the images reveals an unmarked caliper which appears to be four pot. SRAM may be annoucing some interesting new products come Sea Otter in April….

Check past the break for a close up.



Comments - 01/26/12 - 6:53pm

Making a comeback? The Avid Code is a 4-piston brake…

bart - 01/26/12 - 8:43pm

There are no avid washers…

ZachOverholt - 01/26/12 - 9:09pm

Yes, there are quite a few 4 piston brakes on the market- Hayes Stroker Ace, Hope M4s, Shimano Saint, the aforementioned Codes, Gatorbrake 4, etc. Perhaps, not the best title.

Bart – good catch on the lack of CPS washers, it will be interesting to see if the production models lack them as well.

My call is that this will be a special X0 level DH brake to supplement the X0 DH line, as the X0 brake was a standard X0 that just matched the group with the exception of the lever blade.

Dave - 01/26/12 - 9:24pm

Current 2012 XX ditch the cps watchers….

Rich - 01/26/12 - 9:29pm

All the 2012 brakes from Avid that I’ve seen lack the CPS washers. Even down to the elixer 1’s.

The Dude - 01/27/12 - 12:04am

That’s right Dave and Rich. It was reported last May that 2012 Avid brakes would feature a “non-CPS caliper for increased weight savings” as reported by…

Oh, wait…

Jake - 01/27/12 - 9:02am

A “non-CPS caliper for increased weight savings” and for increasing the amount of times I bash my head against a wall trying to set them up. CPS was the easiest system out there. It would be a shame to get rid of it, unless they found a lighter way to do the same thing.

Rich - 01/27/12 - 1:28pm

Jake…It’s not really an issue with the new brakes. They’re just as simple to set up as they were with the CPS washers. I dunno if they managed to make the gap between pad and rotor a little larger on new elixirs, but I’ve been pretty happy with the set up of the calipers out of the box. You may have an issue if your post mounts aren’t faced correctly from the factory…and if they’re not, Park has a post mount facing tool to take care of that.

bart - 01/27/12 - 7:28pm

Hmm had no idea they were ditching the washers…but sure enough looking on the floor Elixir 1…no washers but 3’s and 5’s still have em…as do the Specialized custom versions. I should poke my head out of warranty land sometime and check out the new bikes. And the Cyclus post mount tool faces both posts at the same time for a truly flat surface ….if you can come up with the cash…I for one am glad to see the CPS washers gone.

Jake - 01/30/12 - 3:03pm

@Rich: That’s good to know if I ever upgrade my Elixir CRs. They still have the washers on them.

matt - 01/30/12 - 5:13pm

Finally ditching the Tri-align hardware? Sweet! They must have finally sold the last of their left over V-brake parts!

Rick - 01/31/12 - 1:04am

oh wow. Let me know when Avid introduces their new “4 Rides without Necessary Rebleed”TM technology.

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