SRAM announce new Code brakes

Today SRAM revealed their latest brake offering for gravity riders. The Code brakes are based on the Guide platform but have been beefed up to meet the needs of more progressive riders.


At the same time, SRAM has added a new TLM model to the Level brake line-up. Read about the new brake products in the press release below.


The impeccable combination of power, modulation and consistency introduced in the SRAM Guide brake series has made converts of some of the world’s best downhill racers. But there’s an increasing need for more power and more control, as the definition of “possible” continues to change.


The all-new Code brake is purpose built for high performance, heavy-duty applications. Based on Guide architecture, Code’s fluid reservoir and pistons are bigger.


The new Code is designed to deliver massive power, predictable modulation and incredible heat management for braking control on the longest descents and under the burliest loads.




Braking has many different meanings, but for Code it means being fast enough to win a downhill World Championship, or tackle the biggest alpine descents. Or shred a piece of singletrack uphill thanks to the new possibilities offered by E-MTBs. Code is the means to slow down for all those riders that like to ride harder, faster and with more intensity. It uses proven SRAM Guide design and technologies with a larger PiggyBack reservoir and 4 bigger diameter pistons in the caliper to provide consistent and reliable power for all heavy-duty applications. Bleeding Edge technology keeps maintenance as easy as it can be.


Code RSC

Code RSC is built from the elements that made Guide a benchmark in contemporary brake design and performance, and delivers an extra 15% power to shine in all heavy-duty applications. SwingLink and Lever Pivot Bearings ensure a smooth and progressive feel at the lever, while the additional 30% positive fluid volume ensures consistent performance even when braking harder, more frequently or with a heavier mass to slow down.





  • Larger fluid volume for consistency.
  • Powerful four-piston caliper with 15 and 16mm diameter phenolic plastic pistons
  • Full featured: SwingLink, Contact Point Adjust, Lever Pivot Bearing
  • Proven Guide technologies optimized for heavy duty applications
  • Bleeding Edge provides easiest bleed process



  • Bleeding Edge
  • Contact Point Adjustment
  • DOT 5.1
  • Expandable Bladder
  • Heat Shield
  • Lever Pivot Bearings
  • MatchMaker and MMX Compatible
  • PiggyBack Reservoir
  • Reach Adjust
  • SwingLink
  • Timing Port Closure
MSRP Price: $244 | €270 | £229


Code R

Sleek, easy to use, yet immensely powerful. Code R packs a winning punch with a reliable DirectLink lever mated to Code’s new oversized four-piston caliper. SRAM’s signature ergonomics are supplemented by the tool-free reach adjust for a fit to each rider’s needs, to unleash Code’s superior braking power, consistency, and modulation.




  • Larger fluid volume for consistency.
  • Powerful four-piston caliper with 15 and 16mm diameter aluminum pistons
  • Tool-free reach adjust
  • Proven Guide technologies optimized for heavy duty applications
  • Bleeding Edge provides easiest bleed process
  • Bleeding Edge
  • DirectLink
  • DOT 5.1
  • Expandable Bladder
  • Heat Shield
  • MatchMaker and MMX Compatible
  • PiggyBack Reservoir
  • Reach Adjust
  • Timing Port Closure
MSRP Price: $154 | €170 | £144


SRAM CODE Brakes technologies

Bleeding Edge
Bleeding Edge technology makes bleeding brakes quick and simple. An updated fluid path and bleed porting make it easier to push fluid through the caliper. A dedicated bleed adapter plugs into the bleed port and seals the system to minimize air contamination and fluid loss.


SRAM’s DirectLink lever design produces a solid, positive feel the second you squeeze the lever to engage the brake It offers a no-nonsense solution to give you precise control.


Expandable Bladder
SRAM’s new brake lever design includes a reshaped bladder that helps regulate and reduce air bubbles. The bladder is specifically shaped to evacuate air from the lever and let the fluid move to exactly where it’s needed. The result is improved back-pressure relief, which produces dependable braking power and consistency.


Reach Adjust
Brake lever fit and feel is a personal thing. Riders have individual positioning preferences, as well as unique hand sizes and finger lengths. Reach Adjust makes it easy to adjust your lever for maximum one-finger control for everyone.


Squeeze a SRAM brake lever and you notice it immediately. Less deadband. More positive pad engagement. A cam system requires less lever throw to push the pads toward the rotor. That’s great, but there’s more to perfect braking performance than just power. You need control. Many brake systems minimize deadband—but at the cost of modulation. SwingLink solves that with its special cam shape. When the pads contact the rotor, power is modulated, avoiding that “on/off” brake feel. It’s the perfect balance of power and precision.


Contact Point Adjustment
Some people like the instantaneous power of a short lever throw. Others prefer the feel of a longer throw. With Contact Point Adjust, you can pick the position you want your fingers to be in when your brakes are engaged. It’s a quick and easy way to customize the feel of your brakes without having to move the pads. It’s also a way to balance both brake levers to feel exactly the same.


PiggyBack Reservoir
The brake fluid reservoir on SRAM’s latest lever design is optimized for both performance and ease of use. The PiggyBack Reservoir offers a simple, failsafe way to manage brake fluid, and also allows for ambidextrous lever placement—so you can switch your levers on the handlebar and run them moto without hassle.


Heat Shield
The stainless steel heat shields breaks the thermal connection between the pad and caliper body, reducing caliper fluid temperature by about 20C even in the most extreme testing conditions.


Lever Pivot Bearings
Precision sealed bearings at the lever pivot enhance the clean, crisp lever actuation and consistent, light, one-finger feel.


Timing Port Closure
A hydraulic brake’s timing port is the connection between the reservoir and the master cylinder bore. When the lever is squeezed, a cup seal passes this area and closes the port, which pressurizes the system. SRAM’s timing port closure system features durable seals and an ultra-smooth cylinder bore finish, producing dependable braking power and consistency.


DOT 5.1
Heat is an enemy of any brake system, so advancements in heat management mean advancements in your ride. We found that in our systems DOT 5.1 takes almost three times longer to boil than DOT 4, thus allowing flawless, fade-free performance in even more extreme conditions.


MatchMaker and MMX Compatible
Save weight and clutter on the bar with Matchmaker. It holds SRAM levers, SRAM triggers, and various RockShox controls, all with one tidy, light, clamp—a dream come true for handlebar component footprint conservationists the world over.


Meet Level TLM Black

It has a championship-winning pedigree, and is ready to take all of the punishment you want to give it. Level TLM puts proven SRAM braking performance and consistency at your fingertips, in a sleek, lightweight design optimized specifically for cross-country and light trail use.




  • Same proven lever technologies as Guide—piston, seals, reservoir and bladder.
  • Compact lever body with DirectLink.
  • New detent design for reach adjust.
  • New, 21-millimeter, 2-piston monoblock caliper for superior heat management, consistency, control and feel.