Clarks M2 Hydraulic Brake Set Review

The Clarks M2 hydraulic brake set is one of those products that is hard to believe at first. The reason for this is because for only £40.00 you get a full hydraulic brake set by a brand that is pretty much well-known in the world of bikes. In the set, you get two 160mm rotors, two calipers, two levers and required I.S to Post mount adapters as well as the securing bolts for the set. So yes for £40 you get everything you need. If you look elsewhere you’ll find some companies selling just a single rotor for that price.

Not only does the amount of stuff you get here make the price seem weird, the styling does too. The brakes are modern looking with a sleek finish all around. The lever designs are similar to that of products by Shimano and also feature an adjustable bite point, while the calipers are sturdy and well made, complete with a red anodised bore cap that really gives them a premium look and finish. The rotors are rather basic but get the job done.

Clarks M2 Hydraulic Brake Set Review

When it comes to replacing the pads, you’ll be happy to know the set is compatible with Shimano Pattern pads, meaning replacements are never too hard to find at all. A quick look on the internet reveals plenty of compatible pads and your local bike shop is sure to have them in as well.

Installation isn’t that bad, although thanks to a fixed bar clamp, you will need to remove your grips to install the levers. Elsewhere everything else is technically plug and play. The set is self-adjusting so there’s no need to mess around and adjust the pads on your own. The brakes are also pre-bled so you don’t have to worry about that. You may find the back cable is a bit long, so you may need to cut it down and this may also require you to bleed the brake after. Since these are brakes, it may be a wise idea to take them and your bike to a shop and have them professionally fitted if you are unsure about any of the installation process.

The levers have a tangible amount of squeeze, which makes them feel very sturdy, while at the same time reducing the amount of squeeze required to slow or stop the bike completely. They feel just as good as the Shimano levers on my housemate’s bike.

Stopping power is pretty good, especially for basic XC riding, although there are obvious better more expensive alternatives if you require brakes for downhill riding or extreme off-road riding. If like me you are upgrading to these from older brakes, you’ll instantly notice the difference. Several times I have come to emergency halts using the front brake that almost sent me flying over the handlebars, something my last set of brakes was no longer able to do.

Wet weather riding yields some good results in terms of responsiveness, but the level of squeal between the rotor and pads is highly annoying. Don’t get me wrong, disc brakes are known to squeal when wet, but this set provides one of the loudest howls I have ever heard. This is most likely down to the metals used for the rotors.

For only £40 you can’t go wrong with the Clarks M2 hydraulic brake set, especially if you ride on the roads and basic trail paths that XC riding is known for. Stopping power is good enough for basic needs and installation is fairly straightforward if you know what you’re doing.

Pros

  • Unbelievably cheap price
  • Easy to install
  • Stylish looks
  • Good enough stopping power for XC riding

Cons

  • Really loud squeal when the brake surface is wet
  • Fixed bar clamp requires removal of bar grips

Clarks M2 Hydraulic Brake Set Review of 2021

BESTSELLER NO. 1
Clark's Cable Systems Front Hydraulic M2 Brake with 180mm Rotor, Black
  • 2 piston hydraulic brake
  • Mineral oil fluid
  • Lever reach adjustment
  • For front wheel
  • 180mm disc rotor size
BESTSELLER NO. 2
Clarks M2 Hydraulic Disc Brake - 180mm, Rear - M2R160BAMUK-O
  • Clarks M2 Hydraulic Disc Brake - 180mm, Rear - M2R160BAMUK-O
  • 2 piston hydraulic brake // Mineral oil fluid // Lever reach adjustment
  • Complies with and exceeds CEN regulations // Bike Compatibility : MTB, Hybrid
BESTSELLER NO. 3
Clarks M2 Hydraulic Disc Brake - 180mm, Front - M2F180BAMROW-O
  • Clarks M2 Hydraulic Disc Brake - 160mm, Rear - M2R160BAMROW-O
  • 2 piston hydraulic brake // Mineral oil fluid // Lever reach adjustment
  • Complies with and exceeds CEN regulations // Bike Compatibility : MTB, Hybrid
SaleBESTSELLER NO. 4
JGbike Shimano MT200 MTB Hydraulic Disc Brake Set for Mountain Bike Bicycle MTB XC Trail, e-Bike, Fat Bike, The Best Upgrade kit for Mechanical Disc Brake
  • 🚴‍♂️- Best Deal, remember it is SHIMANO, please measure your brake hose routing length first for right choice.Whatever for 26" 27.5" 29"er, the completed front & rear set is ready to be installed out of the box. We aim to offer this pair for Front 180mm, Rear 160mm rotors (buy separately in our store), so 4 bracket(adatper) included (addon value >$15) in the package, to satisfy any IS or PM mount from the old bikes;
  • 🎁 - Gift Options, it's in our brand package, almost all brakes originally come with a bike need to be replaced. You may find it a gift option to your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, or gift for your kids' bike for back to school gift, Christmas gift, Valentine's day gift, Mother's day or Father's day gift, thanksGiving gift or New year gifts;
  • 🌟 - Ourstanding Performance, Brakes = Safety, assembled as Left for Front,reach adjustable, including B01S resin pads, alway measure your existing brake hose length for appropriate size. People still using cable mechanical disc brakes,time to upgrade with this affortable Hydraulic Brake, the difference is night vs. day, a customer avoided a 25mph accident with our brakes;
  • 🏫 - We Support Business, We offer business price for bike bicycle shops, schools, rider team, just place bulk order and replace the brakes for your other family bikes, recommend to your community, we love to be your business partners and trusted vendors;
  • 🤟 - Match DIY Options, find rotors or bleeding kits for your brakes, find mtb pedals, cassette, single chainring from store page, even groupset to build your bike. We commit for the most affortable bicycle parts to improve your performance and experience!
SaleBESTSELLER NO. 5
SaleBESTSELLER NO. 6
Park Tool PP-1.2 Hydraulic Piston Press for Bicycle Disc Brakes
  • Resets hydraulic bicycle disc brake pistons when replacing pads, aligning pads, and performing other service procedures
  • Unique wedge-shaped design slides easily into narrow openings of hydraulic calipers
  • Narrow tip is compatible with most caliper bodies including Shimano XTR
  • Durable investment-cast blade with dual-density grip
BESTSELLER NO. 7
BUCKLOS 【US Stock MTB Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Aluminum Alloy Front Rear Disc Brake Levers, Fit for Mountain Bike PM is Adapter with 53.1inch Rear Cable
  • 【Easy Braking】Hydraulic disc brakes for mountain bike, a light single-fingertip pull is all that's required in the wettest conditions on the steepest downhills.
  • 【Easy to Install】Left Rear, Right Front (installation). Two-way brake. Adjust the brake grip by adjusting the screw to find the right touch. Front and rear brakes are equipped with a conversion seat AB column frame for universal installation is more convenient.
  • 【Durable】Brake lever and brake caliper material aluminum alloy,Thickened anti-wear tubing - Hydraulic hoses, unlike cables, are not prone to fraying, rusting, kinking and breaking. It is the reason why hydraulic brakes require far less maintenance and adjustment than cable-operated brakes.
  • 【Three-finger Brake Lever】The three-finger brake lever is designed according to the human body. It is convenient to operate the brake to make the aluminum alloy material strong and durable. Basically suitable for models on the market.
  • 【US STOCK】We will ship directly from the US Stock, it will be delivered to you about 3-8 business days that shipped by USPS.
BESTSELLER NO. 8
Star-Art Front and Back Disc Brake Kit - Aluminum Alloy Calipers, 2 Pcs Stainless Steel 160 mm Rotors & Cable & Brake Lever & 12 Bolts, Freewheel Threaded Hubs Hole Distance of 48mm
  • Used for brake systems of ordinary bikes, mountain bikes and road bikes.
  • Rotor diameter: 160 mm; Freewheel Threaded Hubs, Hole distance of 48mm, an inner diameter of 34mm(approx)
  • Position: Front / Rear. F-160mm/R-140mm. F-180mm/R-160mm. ROTOR MOUNTING BOLTS are included
  • Note: F160 Front Brake: (Also named F160/R140) If installed at front wheel, it fits 160mm rotor, but if installed at rear wheel, it fits 140mm rotor. R160 Rear Brake: (Also named F180/R160) If installed at front wheel, it fits 180mm rotor, but if installed at rear wheel, it fits 160mm rotor.
  • Package Content: Mechanical Bike 160mm Rotor Front and Back Brake Disc Kit x 1
SaleBESTSELLER NO. 9
BlueSunshine Front and Back Disk Brake Kit - 160mm for 80cc Gas Motorized Bicycle - Freewheel Threaded Hubs Hole Distance of 48mm
  • Complete 26" Mechanical Disk Brake Kit, Front and Back - 160mm rotor diameter.
  • Center 6 bolt pattern diameter on rotor is 48mm.
  • This kit comes with 2 mounting adapter, your hub need to either have the same 6 bolt pattern to mount the rotor directly or you can use the mounting adapter on your threaded hub (1.37 x 24 tpi).
  • This kit works best with our motorized bicycle frames and KMB frames.
  • Caliper Holders are NOT included but are required.
BESTSELLER NO. 10
RUJOI Bike Disc Brake Kit, Aluminum Front and Rear Caliper, Full Aluminum Alloy Bicycle Brake Lever, 160mm Rotor, Mechanic Tool-Free Pad Adjuster for Road Bike, Mountain Bike
  • ▲Complete Solution: a whole brake system with 2 aluminum front and back caliper(51mm), 2 of aluminum bicycle brake handle, 2 of stainless steel 160mm Rotors, 2 sets of 6 bolts, & cable
  • ▲Dimension: IMD international dimension, Front caliper for 160/180mm rotor, rear caliper for 160mm disc. Bike brake levers fit installed on 22mm/0.87inch diameter handlebar
  • ▲Easy Assembly: Upgraded tool-free pad adjuster, changing without disassembling the caliper, no need for traditional plum six angle screwdriver. Automatic lever position restoration provides quick recovery from the crash.
  • ▲Ideal Replacement: High quality repair or upgrade part. Out of box experience just for you.
  • ▲Universal Brake Pad compatible : Compliant model Shimano Deore M515/M525/M475, Nexave C601,M375/M395/M415/M446/M465/M475/M485/M486.Tektro Auriga, Auriga E-Comp, Auriga Pro, Draco,Draco2, Draco WS, Gemini, HD330, Orion. TRP HY/RD, Hylex, Spyre, Spyre SLC

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