The best e-mtb brakes

The best stoppers for your ebike

Words and photos: Steve Jones

Higher speeds and greater weight mean that emtbs need specific stoppers to keep everything under control. At the moment there aren’t too many on the market but these offerings from Magura and Sram are our favourites.

Sram Guide RE

It’s no secret that the Guide RE brake was derived from the downhill focussed Code caliper. In fact one of our favourite brake combinations in recent years has been the Specialized specific Guide RS/Code set up on the Demo downhill bike.

With heavier weights braking on steeper, longer, tracks a heavy duty brake is essential. We even found standard Guide brakes slightly overwhelmed on recent trip to the Alps on e-mtb’s so the new stopper was a welcome sight.

The Guide RE combines the tried and tested Guide R lever assembled with the 4 piston Code calliper. They use a sintered pad, it offers tool-free reach adjust and is Matchmaker compatible. In use we’ve found them to be not only one of our favourite downhill brakes but they have succeeded well on our e-mtb’s. More than anything they are quiet, offer just the right amount of power, and are reliable. Simple things.

Magura MT5/MT7

The MT 5 and MT 7 are two of the gravity range of brakes from Magura. We love everything about this brake but primarily it’s the sensory stuff that this brake is simply so good at. There’s a super sensitive connectivity between lever and disc which no other brake manufacturer offers quite like.

The materials feel right, the lever shape and stiffness/flex is excellent and as we’ve found with heavy e-mtb’s the power delivery is consistent, precise and reliable. It’s all you need in a brake on an e-mtb.

In terms of details, this ‘heir to the Gustav’ which was one of the brands most iconic stoppers, is said to deliver ‘optimum heat transfer, a clearly defined pressure point, with maximum power.’ It has an adjustable, tool free bite point adjust, 4 piston design, with a low weight (375g) and balanced weight distribution. It almost feels like your fingers are on the discs, so sensitive is the feeling. Simply superb.

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