SRAM has been on a hot streak lately it seems, releasing new products almost weekly. About two weeks ago they launched their G2 lineup of 4-piston disc brakes, the G2 Ultimate and RSC. For a rundown on those check out our blog. Now they are back at it again with the launch of the redesigned Level Ultimate and TLM brakes. While the G2 brake is aimed towards the enduro/aggressive trail style rider, the Level is a 2-piston brake for cross country and light trail riding. Although we have yet to try out the new Level Ultimate and Level TLM, we have some early notes on what to expect.
Considering SRAM already had success with the previous version of the Level brake, not much needed to be done to improve upon it. The Level Ultimate is specifically designed for cross country riders looking to maximize braking power while keeping weight as low as possible. The overall look of the brakes remained fairly similar and the carbon fiber lever blade remains as well. As the name implies, the Ultimate is the top tier of the Level range and has been engineered to be as smooth and reliable as possible.
Taking a step down from the Ultimate is the Level TLM, a slightly cheaper variant still aimed directly at cross country riders. The Level TLM brake features an alloy lever blade, DirectLink actuation, and DOT 5.1 fluid, as well as their new two-piston, two-piece caliper. The idea behind the TLM is to create an affordable and reliable set of brakes that can be used by any kind of rider in a variety of riding conditions. The caliper still utilizes SRAMs Bleeding Edge port which makes bleeds quick and easy. From what we have seen so far, the fit and finish look great especially considering the price point.
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