Best Rim brakes

  • Efficient design with low operating Forces
  • Designed for smooth and quiet stopping power
  • 107 mm arch
  • Symmetrical dual pivot design
  • Twin bearings reduce pivot friction
  • If used with Shimano BC-R680 polymer coated cables, brakes...
  • Efficient design with low operating Forces
  • Designed for smooth and quiet stopping power
  • 107 mm arch
  • Rim: Carbon
  • Attachment Type: bolt-on
  • More linear braking performance - lever force vs. braking...
  • Flash EVO brake pads are designed to fit SRAM Road, Shimano...
  • Engineered for bikes and brake calipers with limited space...
  • The SwissStop Black Prince compound is designed for use with...
  • NOTE: Please make sure your bike brake arm reach is...
  • Material: Forged aluminum arms
  • Pads: P422 Adjustable Angle Cartridge Pads (Included)

Even though the trend for two-wheelers has been towards disc brakes for some time now, the rim brake is still the classic bicycle brake. It consists classically of two brake pads connected by a cable, which are pressed against the rim from both sides when the brake lever is actuated. Two-wheel professionals once again distinguish between different designs of rim brakes – the so-called cantilever brakes and caliper brakes. How rim brakes work, which advantages and disadvantages they offer and which brands and models are recommendable, you can find out in this guide.

Our Top Rim brakes Pick

SHIMANO BR-T4000 Front V-Brake, Black
  • Efficient design with low operating Forces
  • Designed for smooth and quiet stopping power
  • 107 mm arch
  • X-type v-brake
  • Mudguard prevents excess accumulation of mud

Bicycle & E-Bikes: Rim brakes Video Guide

The rim brake is very common on bicycles – regardless of the model. The proven braking technology is used for BMX bikes as well as for city, touring and racing bikes. The design and basic function are identical for all types of rim brakes: two rubber brake shoes are located under the tyres and press against the rims from the outside when the handbrake is applied – usually mechanically, on high-quality models hydraulically. The resulting friction between rubber and rim provides the braking effect

A common form of rim brake is the V-brake, which was originally invented and patented by Shimano, but is now offered by several manufacturers. It is one of the so-called cantilever brakes and consists of two brake arms, each equipped with a brake lining and connected to each other by a brake cable. The V-brakes bear their name from the V-shaped position, which the brake arms assume when not actuated. To save weight, the individual components of the V-Brake are usually made of lightweight aluminium. Only a few manufacturers build the brakes from steel. The advantage of this brake type is that the brake shoes can be adjusted even by a layman and the braking force can be adjusted by adjusting the brake cable. In addition, the power of the brake can be easily adjusted. Today, many manufacturers offer V-Brakes kits for retrofitting as well as a wide range of accessories. The most popular models still come from Shimano. This also includes the bestselling Shimano Deore model, which is suitable for a wide range of bikes but has its strengths in trekking.

The hydraulic rim brake is slowly but surely gaining popularity because it offers a higher degree of safety than the classic rim brake. Their design is similar to that of the V-brake, but in the hydraulic version two brake cylinders ensure that the brake shoes are pressed linearly onto the rim. The design ensures, among other things, that the braking effect occurs faster than with mechanical brakes, that the braking force can be better adjusted and that the annoying maintenance of the brake cables is no longer necessary. Instead, the hydraulic rim brake must be checked regularly for leaks. Despite its advantages, the hydraulic brake is currently only of interest to two-wheeler professionals. Availability is also still low. Currently, Magura mainly manufactures hydraulic rim brakes. However, other manufacturers are also likely to follow in the future.

The advantages of the mechanical rim brake are its low weight compared to other brake systems, the low acquisition costs and the simple installation and maintenance. On the other hand, the brake has a high wear and does not reach the full braking effect due to its exposed position in wet conditions. The latter can be influenced by the choice of the rims. Steel rims, for example, reduce the braking effect more than aluminium rims. Hydraulic rim brakes are somewhat more expensive and heavier. But they also achieve better braking performance and require less maintenance.

TOP 5 Rim brakes Bestseller

SHIMANO BR-T4000 Front V-Brake, Black
  • Efficient design with low operating Forces
  • Designed for smooth and quiet stopping power
  • 107 mm arch
  • X-type v-brake
  • Mudguard prevents excess accumulation of mud
SHIMANO 6800 Ultegra Rear Brake Caliper
  • Symmetrical dual pivot design
  • Twin bearings reduce pivot friction
  • If used with Shimano BC-R680 polymer coated cables, brakes will yield smooth and light operation with excellent modulation
  • SLR-EV design
SHIMANO Ultegra BR-R8000 Brake Calipers Gray, Front & Rear
  • Material: aluminum
  • Type: road
  • Mount Type: center bolt
  • Claimed Weight: [front] 182g, [rear] 178g
  • Recommended Use: road cycling, time trial, triathlon
Swisstop FlashPro (Shim/SRAM Road) Brake Pads - Set of 4
  • Rim: Carbon
  • Attachment Type: bolt-on
  • More linear braking performance - lever force vs. braking force
  • Easier to apply lower braking force - better fine control or 'feathering' of brakes
  • Set of 4 pads for shimano/sram fitment
SwissStop Flash Evo Replacement pads for carbon rims Shimano- Black Prince- Pack of 4
  • Flash EVO brake pads are designed to fit SRAM Road, Shimano Road, Campagnolo Potenza 2016, Campagnolo Athena 2016 and Campagnolo Veloce 2016
  • Engineered for bikes and brake calipers with limited space for brake pads including TT bikes, triathlon bikes, CX bikes, road bikes with integrated brake calipers, and super wide aero wheels
  • The SwissStop Black Prince compound is designed for use with carbon rims
  • Black Prince compound features excellent modulation and wet weather brake performance

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