SRAM MAVEN brakes - absolute power and control
SRAM MAVEN brakes - absolute power and control

SRAM MAVEN brakes - absolute power and control

22.02.2024

Maven is the absolute most powerful brake we’ve ever made. Usable power for efficiency and tunability. Extreme power for elevated speed and control on ever-more demanding terrain. Maven gives you the power to progress. The boundless power of confidence. The power of more endurance and less fatigue, letting you leverage subtlety and consistency to open the aperture of your abilities. Maven. New powers to go ahead.

More Power 

Maven produces nearly 50% more power than one of the most capable brakes ever, SRAM Code. While focusing on this fact alone is tempting, Maven is about more than brute force. 

Less Effort 

More important than overall power is usable power. With Maven, it takes 32% lighter force at the lever to generate the same amount of power as Code, reducing fatigue and boosting control for rowdy DH terrain, relentless e-mtb laps, and long enduro stages. Ride harder and longer, Maven delivers the best of both worlds.

Power in Surplus 

With four calliper pistons measuring 19.5mm and 18mm, there’s no way around it: Maven calliper pistons are simply huge, providing more force against the pads for more friction with less effort.

Progressive Power for Control 

Optimized for Maven, Swinglink delivers a rate of leverage that changes throughout the lever stroke. The farther you pull along the arc, the more power Maven sends to the pistons. This progressive power delivery offers unrivalled control. As opposed to the binary characteristic of an “on/off” feel. 

Better Ratio 

Huge caliper pistons mean nothing unless the ratio of piston size in the lever is designed to work with them. The relationship between these piston sizes determines power, and Maven delivers a superior optimization of this ratio. 

Four Bolts for Power 

Measure any brake caliper under power, and you’ll find flex. Maven’s four caliper body bolts aren’t just for show. They reduce power loss at the caliper, translating to a solid feel in the lever, befitting its power. 

Familiar Feel 

Reach for a Maven lever, and you’ll find a familiar feel. Pivot point placement, blade length and shape, and reach and contact point adjustments carry over from Code, maintaining tried-and-true lever ergonomics. Brake hoses are managed by a new stealth architecture optimized for a clean cockpit while meshing well with today’s frame routing options.

Tuning

Maven’s surplus power makes it the go-to for the literal extreme of the sport. But with all that power, you can also tune it down. Think of it like volume. More available power gives you more options.

Rotors 

Start small – the smallest rotor size your frame and fork can accept is the recommended starting point when tuning Maven. 

For every 20mm jump in rotor size, the mechanical advantage is 14%. This means that going from a 180mm rotor to a 220mm rotor would boost system power by 28%. 

However, a too big rotor could also lead to not enough heat being generated, and a smaller rotor where the optimal amount of heat is being generated could have more bite on the trail. Paying attention to the colour of the spokes on your rotors can tell how your rotors are performing. 

  • Browned or bronzed discolouring means the size is optimal. 
  • Purple or rainbow discolouring means your rotors are running too hot, and sizing up would be suggested. 
  • No distinct discolouring would suggest they aren’t getting hot enough, and sizing down would lead to optimal performance. 

Choose HS2 rotors for 7% more power and better heat management or CenterLine rotors if less power 
and weight saving is the objective. 

Brake Pads 

Maven’s unique XL pad shape is available in two compounds with distinct characteristics. 

  • Organic brake pads are great for a strong initial bite feel and less noise. They offer the best performance in drier conditions.
  • Sintered brake pads are great if you are looking for the most resistance to sustained heat. They also offer better performance in wet or muddy conditions.

To Beat Heat, Harness Heat

The common misconception is that heat is a brake’s worst enemy. The fact is, heat is essential. For a brake to be powerful and consistent, it must retain enough heat in the system but avoid quick fluctuations between hot and cold. It’s an art. An art where Maven shines.

Smart Thermal Mass 

Maven calipers provide greater performance consistency by maintaining optimal operating temperatures for longer durations. Built for greater thermal mass, they take longer to heat up and keep excess heat at bay yet retain optimal heat so as not to cool down too fast. When the caliper avoids the peaks and valleys of hot and cold, the consistency of performance reaches totally 
new levels. 

It Starts With The Seals 

In the caliper, Maven’s piston seals use a proprietary material that retains its properties to maintain air-tight sealing regardless of extreme braking heat or low atmospheric temperatures. These remarkable heat-tolerant seals also enable Maven to overcome the past weakness associated with mineral oil and use it to its advantage. Take on the most extreme terrain and longest descents with a consistent feel, run after run, ride after ride. 

Sram Maven Ultimate Expert Kit

The Ultimate Expression of Power

Every course is different. As conditions change, so does the tuning of your brakes. The fully loaded limited-edition Maven Ultimate Expert Kit is designed to provide everything they need to tune their Maven Ultimate brakes for optimal brake performance. Edition 1 comes with exclusive red splash anodized calipers that set the brakes apart from the rest of the collection. 

  • 2x organic and 2x sintered XL brake pad sets 
  • 4x HS2 rotors (1x 220mm, 2x 200mm, 1x 180mm) 
  • 2x 20p brackets 
  • 2x MMX clamps 
  • Maven Ultimate brake set with limited edition Red Splash anodized calipers 
  • Pro mineral oil bleed kit 
  • Rotor travel bag 

Sram Maven Ultimate

Maven Ultimate pairs a sleek high polish lever body to a caliper with machined edges and titanium hardware for a finish worthy of any modern super bike. And for unrivaled ease of customization, features tool-free Reach and Contact Point Adjust. Maven is the expert, but Maven Ultimate is the pinnacle. 

  • 18 and 19.5-millimeter pistons for best-in-class power
  • Swinglink for signature SRAM lever feel 
  • Stiff 4-piston caliper with best heat management and easier bolt access 
  • Organic pads come standard for the best modulation and the quietest ride
  • Stealth lever architecture for a sleeker, more modern ride
  • Mineral oil for low maintenance and performance
  • Designed for use with Maxima Mineral Brake Oil only
  • Ultimate worthy polished lever body and titanium hardware
  • Contact Point Adjust and tool-free Reach Adjust 

Sram Maven Silver

Maven Silver features a bold black anodized finish with stainless hardware. And for unrivaled ease of customization, features tool-free Reach and Contact Point Adjust. 

  • 18 and 19.5-millimeter pistons for best-in-class power
  • Swinglink for signature SRAM lever feel
  • Stiff 4-piston caliper with best heat management and easier bolt access 
  • Organic pads come standard for the best modulation and the quietest ride
  • Stealth lever architecture for a sleeker, more modern ride
  • Mineral oil for low maintenance and performance 
  • Designed for use with Maxima Mineral Brake Oil only 
  • Bold black anodized finish 
  • Contact Point Adjust and tool-free Reach Adjust 

Sram Maven Bronze

Maven Bronze features a Dark Polar anodized finish, and for ease of customization includes 
tool-free Reach Adjust. 

  • 18 and 19.5-millimeter pistons for best-in-class power
  • Swinglink for signature SRAM lever feel 
  • Stiff 4-piston caliper with best heat management and easier bolt access 
  • Organic pads come standard for the best modulation and the quietest ride 
  • Stealth lever architecture for a sleeker, more modern ride 
  • Mineral Oil for low maintenance and performance 
  • Designed for use with Maxima Mineral Brake Oil only
  • Dark Polar anodized finish 

POST BRACKET 20P STANDARD MOUNT

It’s a bracket that makes sense. With a simplified approach to hardware, just four 18mm mounting bolts are required, and for the best possible rotor to caliper alignment, two size-specific brackets cover the four common rotor size combinations. 

  • Maven requires this bracket for 20mm jumps
  • 20P-1 bracket for 160mm and 180mm rotors 
  • 20P-2 bracket for 200mm and 220mm rotors
  • Four 18mm mounting bolts included 
  • Stainless steel hardware 
  • No CPS (concave/convex) hardware required 

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