Updated January 13, 2019 by Gregg Parker

The 7 Best Hydraulic Disc Brakes

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Best High-End
Best Mid-Range
Best Inexpensive

This wiki has been updated 8 times since it was first published in November of 2018. Traditionally found only on mountain bikes, hydraulic disc brakes are now seen on a wider variety of bicycles because of their superior stopping power and ability to hold up in all types of weather conditions. Regardless of whether you're an alpine warrior or simply a city slicker who rides for exercise, installing one of these selections will help ensure you don't skid into a car or off a cliff. When users buy our independently chosen editorial selections, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best hydraulic disc brake on Amazon.

7. Hayes Prime Comp

6. Shimano M315

5. TRP Cable-Actuated

4. Tektro HD-M290

3. Shimano XT BL-M8020

2. Tektro HD-M285

1. Shimano XT BL-M8000

Editor's Notes

January 10, 2019:

It's important to note that, in addition to installation, these may require some maintenance. There are bleed kits available if you want to make sure there is adequate fluid after a winter left in the garage. However, it might be smart to consult a professional to make sure they're working properly. The top selections include rotors, calipers, and levers because if this is your first set, you'll need all of those things.


Gregg Parker
Last updated on January 13, 2019 by Gregg Parker

Gregg Parker is a writer and puppy enthusiast who divides his time between Los Angeles and the rest of the world. A graduate of the University of Southern California, his eclectic career has involved positions in education, health care, entertainment, nonprofit fundraising, technology, and literature. A points and miles expert, he's well-versed in all topics related to travel, including luggage and travel accessories. Other areas of expertise include pet care products, teaching resources, kitchen appliances, and anything related to coffee or barbecue.


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