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SRAM Maven: New super powerful DH brakes with Mineral Oil!

4-piston brake for Gravity disciplines: Maven arrives, successor to the Code, which uses mineral oil instead of DOT.

Jesse Melamed Sram Maven
Sram Maven

"Maven is the absolute most powerful brake we've ever created“, this is the sensational proclamation from SRAM. Maven claims almost 50 percent more power than the SRAM Code: but power is nothing without control, as Pirelli would say, so let's take a look at all the features.

Sram Maven
Sram Maven

Again according to SRAM, with the Maven you need 32 percent less force on the lever to reach the same power value as the Code, with a decrease in fatigue and an increase in control on the steepest and most technical sections. It features a 19.5mm and 18mm four-piston caliper: the Maven's pistons are oversized and provide the pads with greater power for greater friction on the disc and less effort on the lever.

Optimized specifically for the Maven, the Swinglink system offers a leverage ratio that changes during action on the brake lever. The further you pull the lever towards the handlebars, the more power the Maven exerts on the pistons. This progressive variation of power allows for unparalleled control. Exactly the opposite of the characteristic “on/off” response.

SRAM Maven Ultimate lever
SRAM Maven Ultimate lever

Having huge pistons in the caliper is worthless if the relationship between the size of the piston and the lever is not designed to work together. Power is determined by the relationship between piston sizes, and Maven maximizes the optimization of this ratio.

ALL THE ANSWERS TO DOUBTS ABOUT SRAM MAVEN BRAKES

If you measure the brake caliper when it is under pressure, you can see that it flexes. The four screws of the Maven caliper reduce the dispersion of power on the caliper, transforming it into a concrete response to the lever, suited to its power.

SRAM Maven Ultimate caliper
SRAM Maven Ultimate caliper

The ergonomics of the lever is similar to the Code while the hydraulic ducts are developed following the new Stealth architecture optimized to have a clean handlebar, adapting perfectly with the openings and cable passages of current frames.

DISCS

One point SRAM lacks is certainly the discs, an aspect fully developed by the American brand. SRAM states that they have been reviewed and tries to provide information on the choice of disk size. Every 20mm change in rotor diameter leads to a mechanical advantage of 14 percent. It means that by switching from a 180mm rotor to a 220mm rotor the system increases its power by 28 percent.

However, a rotor that is too large could lead to an insufficient operating temperature, while a smaller rotor, when it reaches the right operating temperature, could be more efficient on the trail. By paying attention to the color of the spokes on the rotors you can understand how your rotors are working.

A dark or bronze color means that their diameter is optimal.

A purple or rainbow color means the rotors are getting too hot and it would be best to upgrade to a larger diameter.

If they are not colored it could mean that they are not reaching the correct temperature and it would be better to switch to a smaller diameter to achieve optimal performance.

Jesse Melamed Sram Maven
Sram Maven

For a brake to be powerful and constant in performance, the system must reach a certain temperature and avoid variations between hot and cold. It's an art. Choose HS2 rotors for a 7 percent power increase and better temperature management, or CenterLine rotors if lower horsepower and weight savings are your goal.

sram maven power
SRAM Maven and SRAM Code power comparison

BRAKE PADS

The particular design of the Maven XL pads is available in two compounds, each with its specific characteristics. Organic compound pads are perfect if you prefer a strong initial grip and less noise overall. They offer the best performance in drier conditions.

Sintered compound pads are perfect if you are looking for the best resistance to prolonged heat. They also offer the best performance in wet or muddy conditions.

VERSIONS AND PRICES

STANDARD POST 20P SUPPORT

DB-SPP-A0 (€27)

Support Standard Post 20P
Support Standard Post 20P –

It's a smart support. With a simplified hardware approach, only four 18mm screws are needed, and for the best possible alignment between rotor and caliper two specific supports can cover the four common rotor combinations.

Sram Maven

SPECIFICATIONS

 Maven Ultimate Expert Kit
DB-MVN-ULT-A1    
Maven Ultimate
DB-MVN-ULT-A1    
Maven Silver
DB-MVN-SLV-A1    
Maven Bronze
DB-MVN-BRZ-A1    
Lever materialForged aluminiumForged aluminiumForged aluminiumPressed aluminum
Lever body materialForged aluminiumForged aluminiumForged aluminiumForged aluminium
Caliper materialForged aluminiumForged aluminiumForged aluminiumForged aluminium
Caliper bleed portBleeding EdgeBleeding EdgeBleeding EdgeBleeding Edge
Caliper screwsTitaniumTitaniumStainless steelStainless steel
ColorRed Splash anodizedClear anodizationBlack anodizationBlast Dark Polar anodizing
Contact point adjustmentYesYesYesNo
Reach AdjustWithout toolsWithout toolsWithout toolsWithout tools
Hydraulic fluidMineral oilMineral oilMineral oilMineral oil
Lever pivotBearingBearingBearingbushings
TabletOrganic with steel supportOrganic with steel supportOrganic with steel supportOrganic with steel support
Piston materialPhenolic resinPhenolic resinPhenolic resinPhenolic resin
Pistoni4- 2 of 18mm and 2 of 19.5mm4- 2 of 18mm and 2 of 19.5mm4- 2 of 18mm and 2 of 19.5mm4- 2 of 18mm and 2 of 19.5mm
WEIGHT362g*362g*371g*369g*
The package includesTwo brakes, two MMX clamps, two 20P-2 mounts, one 220mm HS2 rotor, two 200mm HS2 rotors, one 180mm HS2 rotor, hardware
of the rotors, rotor bag, bleeding kit
Pro Mineral, four thorns and four olives,
two pairs of sintered pads with metal support
A brake, MMX clamp, plug and olive, screws
caliper assembly
A brake, MMX clamp, plug and olive, screws
caliper assembly
One brake, MMX clamp, plug and olive, caliper mounting screws
* Rear, Stealth-a-majig, DIR, 1800mm, with pads (without clamps, hardware, spacers, rotors and screws)
SRAM Maven Ultimate disc and caliper
SRAM Maven Ultimate disc and caliper

HOW MUCH DOES THE SRAM MAVEN COST?

CODEDESCRIPTIONSUGGESTED PRICE
00.5018.237.000Disc Brake Maven Ultimate Stealth Expert Kit- Red Splash Ano, Front 950, Rear2000 (Includes Bleed Kit, Sintered Pads, Organic Pads, Left And Right MMX Clamps,4rotors,2brackets) A1€699,00
00.5018.237.001Disc Brake Maven Ultimate Stealth – Aluminum Lever, Ti Hardware, Reach/Contact Adj,SwingLink, Clear Ano Front 950mm Hose (Includes MMX Clamp, Bracket) (Rotor Sold Separately) A1€360,00
00.5018.237.002Disc Brake Maven Ultimate Stealth – Aluminum Lever, Ti Hardware, Reach/Contact Adj, SwingLink, Clearano Front/Rear 2000mm hose(Includes MMX Clamp, Bracket)(Rotor Sold Separately)A1€360,00
00.5018.238.000Disc Brake Maven Silver – Aluminum Lever, Stainless Hardware, Reach/Contact Adj, SwingLink, Black Front 950mm Hose (Includes MMX Clamp, Bracket) (Rotor Sold Separately)A1€320,00
00.5018.238.001Disc Brake Maven Silver – Aluminum Lever, Stainless Hardware, Reach/Contact Adj, SwingLink, Black Front/Rear 2000mm Hose (Includes MMX Clamp, Bracket) (Rotor Sold Separately)A1€320,00
00.5018.239.000Disc Brake Maven Bronze – Aluminum Lever, Stainless Hardware, Reach Adj, Blast Dark Polar
Front 950mm Hose (Includes MMX Clamp, Bracket) (Rotor Sold Separately)A1
€220,00
00.5018.239.001Disc Brake Maven Bronze – Aluminum Lever, Stainless Hardware, Reach Adj, Blast Dark Polar Front/Rear 2000mm Hose (Includes MMX Clamp, Bracket) (Rotor Sold Separately)A1€220,00
00.5315.023.031Disc Brake Pads – X-Large Organic/Steel (Quiet) – Stock OE MTB Pad – MAVEN 2024+€31,00
00.5315.023.032Disc Brake Pads – X-Large Sintered/Steel (Heavy Duty) – Maven 2024+€31,00
00.5318.007.009Post Bracket – 20 P 1 (For Use With 160mm And 180mm Rotors Only) (140 To 160 Or 160 To 180), Includes Stainless Bracket Mounting Bolts€27,00
00.5318.007.010Post Bracket – 20 P 2 (For Use With 200mm And 220mm Rotors Only) (180 To 200 Or 200 To 220), Includes Stainless Bracket Mounting Bolts€27,00
00.5318.031.004Pro Mineral Oil Bleed Kit (Includes 2 Premium Syringes, M4 Fittings, Bleed Blocks, Torx Tool,
Crowfoot, Bleeding Edge Fitting, Maxima Mineral Oil) – DB8/Maven
€137,00
00.5318.031.005Pro Mineral Oil Bleed Kit (Includes 2 Premium Syringes, M4 Fittings, Bleed Blocks, Torx Tool, Crowfoot, Bleeding Edge Fitting) – DB8/Maven€127,00
00.5318.031.006Standard Mineral Oil Bleed Kit (Includes 2 Standard Syringes, M4 Fittings, Bleed Blocks, Torx Tool, Crowfoot, Bleeding Edge Fitting, Maxima Mineral Oil) – DB8/Maven€79,00
00.5318.031.007Standard Mineral Oil Bleed Kit (Includes 2 Standard Syringes, M4 Fittings, Bleed Blocks, Torx Tool, Crowfoot, Bleeding Edge Fitting) – DB8/Maven€69,00
00.5318.031.008Bleeding Edge Fitting (Works With V1 And Standard V2 Mineral Brake Bleed Kits) – Mineral Brakes
With Bleeding Edge Caliper Fitting
€25,00

ALL THE ANSWERS TO DOUBTS ABOUT SRAM MAVEN BRAKES



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[email protected] I am a fan of everything that has 2 wheels: at a young age I practiced road and track cycling (Italian Allievi champion). At the age of 18 I passed into the cross country competing at national/international level as an Under23. Past Elite, I made the choice to take things more lightly from a training point of view, and my love for gravity disciplines was born, training me as an FCI MTB instructor and guide. Now I have made passion my profession by managing 2 MTB centers on the island of Elba (Bike Center Elba and Elba MTB), creating the FANTAmtb and telling in an ironic but professional way everything that revolves around MTB thanks to 365mountainbike and 365TV (YouTube'PULITI dentro BIKER fuori').

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