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
Clark's Cable Systems Rear Hydraulic M2 Brake with 160mm Rotor, Black
  • 2 piston hydraulic brake
  • Mineral oil fluid
  • Lever reach adjustment
  • For rear wheel
  • 160mm disc rotor
BESTSELLER NO. 3
Clark's Cable Systems Front Hydraulic M2 Brake with 160mm Rotor, Black
  • 2 piston hydraulic brake
  • Mineral oil fluid
  • Lever reach adjustment
  • For front wheel
  • 160mm disc rotor
BESTSELLER NO. 4
CLARKS M2 Hydraulic Rear Disc Brake Black 160mm
  • The M2 hydraulic has been designed with the enthusiast rider in mind; it brings high level braking and performance at an entry level price, the 2 piston M2 delivers superb braking performance in all weather conditions that is supported by its exceptional reliability.
  • Rear disc brake
  • 160mm
SaleBESTSELLER NO. 6
CNCMOTOK Rear Hand Hydraulic Disc Brake Master Cylinder Caliper Assembly with New Brake Pads for 50cc 70cc 90cc 110cc 125cc ATV Quad Taotao Sunl Roketa NST
  • Hydraulic rear disc brake caliper system pads 110cc 125cc ATV Quad Pit Pro Dirt Bike Gokart Buggy new E-Moto
  • Compatible with most Chinese made ATV from 50cc to 250cc, such as : TaoTao, Buyang, Coolsport, Kazuma, Sunl, Roketa, AIM-EX etc.
  • Brake hose is 54"; Caliper mounting hole spacing: 2 1/2"; Brake Lever Perch Diameter: 7/8"
  • New brake pads are pre-installed.Produced in strict accordance with the original factory standards
  • Please check the details to make sure this part will fit
BESTSELLER NO. 7
Clarks Shimano VX852C Organic Disc Brake Pad
  • Organic disc pad
  • Compatibility matches Shimano BS01 pads: C501, M525, M945, M475, M465, M416, M415
  • Includes spring
  • Country Of Origin : China
BESTSELLER NO. 8
BUCKLOS MTB Hydraulic Disc Brakes, Aluminum Alloy Right Front Left Rear Disc Brake Levers, Fit for Mountain Bike PM is Adapter with 53.1inch Rears Cable
  • 【Massive stopping power】Bucklos HB875 Hydraulic brakes replace mechanical brakes and the differences are day and night,You barely even put any pressure and you're stopping,It grips stronger on hills. The handle squeeze has a nice solid feel so that you have confidence in your braking. After repeat on trails, they have only gotten better
  • 【Compatible with bikes】 HB875 mtb hydraulic brake is equipped with IS/PM universal adapter, Front and rear brakes are compatible with 160mm rotor. It is suitable for all mtb disc brake bikes(You only need to consider whether the tubing is long enough( 750mm&1350mm) and the use of 180mm, 203mm rotor need to replace the adapter)
  • 【Quiet braking】 The brake pad is made of resin-metal composite material, and the surface is smooth and flat, does not damage the rotor, and does not make any noise when braking
  • 【Easy to install and maintain】HB875 brake has high sealing performance to ensure its durability and easy maintenance. It uses mineral oil(pre bled),Unboxing Ready to install and use. And unlike other low-end hydraulic brakes, you can easily buy professional maintenance tools and pad
  • 【Quick Replacement】 Hydraulic brake set is left-rear 1350mm right-front 750mm. If you are used to opposing left and right, you can check our replacement video to complete the replacement within five minutes;Or you can install them upside down. If you have any questions, please contact us
SaleBESTSELLER NO. 9
RYANSTAR Hydraulic Handbrake Adjustable Ebrake Long Lever Handle Fit for Drift Track Rally Racing Master Cylinder 0.75, E Brake Racing Emergency Brake Vertical Position Ergonomic Handle & Anti-Slip
  • 【About Size】 - 7/16-20 Thread Inlet; 3/8-24 Thread Outlet; 13" Handle Lever; fit for Master Cylinder 0.7
  • 【About Design】 - Simple light weight design and professional machined Handle, perfect for racing car
  • 【About Material】 - Made of high quality CNC aluminum, anti-rust and not fade, feels great in hand
  • 【About Features】 - Allows the rear tires to be fully locked, makes the vehicle parking.
  • 【About Installation】 - Cut the original brake line with professional tools, Connect the oringal brake line with the inlet and outlet of the handbrake
BESTSELLER NO. 10
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!

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