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Launched in conjunction with the new, more affordable GX T-Type drivetrain are the SRAM Bronze Stealth Brakes for Code and Level models, with a matching Dark Polar anodized finish to complete the aesthetic. Like the high-end options in the Stealth range, a new master cylinder is positioned flush against the handlebar to give a sleeker looking setup that routes hoses closer to the bar.
SRAM Bronze Stealth Brakes for Level and Code
Stepping up as a budget-friendly alternative to the Stealth Ultimate and Stealth Silver brakes launched earlier this year are the new Stealth Bronze brakes for Code and Level. There are no updates to the calipers, save for the Dark Polar anodized finish – it’s the lever bodies that are of concern here. Even then, there is no major functional update, only the more streamlined cockpit setup that results from the master cylinder positioning against the handlebar.
Worth mentioning though, is the fact that the pivot on the levers of the Stealth Ultimate and Stealth Silver brakes run on a bearing, while the Stealth Bronze levers pivot about a bushing.
The Stealth Bronze brakes are the most affordable brakes in SRAM’s lineup that get a lever body positioned so neatly. Caliper and lever bodies are made of a forged aluminum, while the lever blades are stamped aluminum. Meanwhile the Silver Stealth and Ultimate Stealth brakes are made of lighter weight materials, especially the Ultimate which sees a carbon lever blade and titanium hardware.
The Stealth update is not only beneficial for bikes where the cables are routed through the headset. SRAM ship the Stealth brakes with stem clips for use with stems that have a specified gap between the stem body and face-plate on the two lower bolts; these will help keep any rattling to a minimum.
The most powerful of the Bronze Stealth brakes launching today is the Code variety, a 4-piston brake utilizing Swing Link technology in the lever for a progressive braking feel. The lever sees a tool-free reach adjustment, and the calipers come with the longer-lasting metallic pads.
Next up is the Level 4-piston, positioned as a brake that offers power worthy of trail riding, but in a more weight-conscious package for XC riding. Last but not least is the Level 2-piston offering that is the least powerful, but most lightweight of the lot. These too see a lever body with tool-free reach adjustment.
While the Code and Level 4-piston offerings get the Bleeding Edge port, the Level 2-piston brakes get a threaded bleed port.
Of course, these are budget-oriented brakes – if you want the same power in a much lighter weight package, then you’ll want to take a look at the more expensive Stealth Silver and Stealth Ultimate options.
Pricing & Availability
SRAM Stealth Bronze Code brakes retail at $185 USD per end, as compared to the $265 USD MSRP of the Code Silver, and the $300 USD MSRP of the Code Ultimate.
Similarly, the SRAM Stealth Bronze Level offerings are significantly cheaper than their Ultimate and Silver counterparts, retailing at $165 USD per end for the Level 4-piston, and $108 USD per end for the Level 2-piston. Full details on pricing, including hose lengths and clamps, can be found in the below image.