Bike Brakes

Last Updated on May 25, 2023

Disc brakes, rim brakes, V brakes and others are some of the options you have when getting new brakes for your bike. This is a really important decision because you want the best ones for your money and there are a lot of options out there. It’s all about stopping as fast as you can when you need to brake. The wrong brakes could end up sending you on a painful flight and this is the reason you are here today.

In this post we are going to share some of the highest rated bike brakes on the market for 2018. We will talk about what makes them rated so highly as well as getting into some of the features that make them popular. We hope that by reading this it will make your decision a little bit easier when you decide to buy your own set of bike brakes

Check out our list of some of the highest rated bike brakes this year!

Origin8 Classic Road Caliper

If you don’t care about the brand names and just want something that is affordable and works well, then the Origin8 Classic Road Caliper is a great option for you. Simply said, they are quality brakes at an affordable price and if you aren’t into serious cycling, these might be the option for you. This is why they are so highly rated. They are compatible with any short pull lever, they are easy to install and the pads are solid. You could compare them with the Shimano 105 but to do so, you are going to have to buy them and check them out


– Anodized colors will vary from batch to batch and may not match exactly.
– 165g each
– SHIMANO Equivalent BR-R451, 105

Shimano Mountain Bicycle V-Brake – BR-T4000

If you are looking to upgrade your brakes for your mountain bike but don’t want to spend a fortune the Shimano Mountain Bicycle V-Brake T4000 is a really popular model that you should try. The stopping power is great on these brakes and they are really easy to install. It’s also very affordable and comes with a new rubber boot as well as a 90 degree noodle.

One of the negatives of a V-brake vs a disc brake is that it doesn’t perform quite as well in the elements because dirt and water are more likely to affect the braking power. So, if you are mostly a nice weather rider, these brakes could be the right set for you.


– V-Brake X-type
– Arch Size: 107mm
– X-type, w/S65T Shoe, 16mm Fix bolt

JGbike Shimano M315 Hydraulic Disc Brake Set

What sets these hydraulic disc brakes by Shimano apart from other V-brake style brakes is that instead of the cable that runs from the lever to the caliper, these have a hydraulic hose that runs to the caliper with hydraulic fluid within. This is known to give the rider a little better feel and braking power.

This brake set is a little more expensive and comes in at around $70 but you are getting a better setup for better braking performance. The functionality on the Shimano M315 brakes is amazing and performs at a level of some other hydraulic brakes that would usually cost three times as much. They are also really easy to install so we suggest giving these a whirl if you are ready to step up your level of braking in 2018.


– This is a customized M315 set by JGbike & Shimano for DIY replacements and upgrades
– You get 1 pair JGbike brand metal pad and four adapter fixing bolts of 18.7mm
– Left lever controls back brake and it is about 1400mm or 1450mm;
– Right lever controls front brake and it is about 800mm or 850mm;
– If you would like to switch them to the opposite side, that is easy too

AFTERPARTZ NV-5 G3/ HS1 Bike Disc Brake Kit

Now on to some disc brakes are loved by a lot of riders. Here comes the Afterpartz NV-5 G3/HS1 Disc Brake Kit. If you are looking for a simple upgrade to your brakes, you will not be disappointed with the braking power offered here. These brakes are great for mountain biking and for stopping in almost all conditions.

The Germany TüV certificate high-quality brake caliper and the aluminum alloy build allow for great durability and heat dissipation. This model has Red copper and resin fiber BB5 replaceable pads. This will increase the area for the brake-block friction which means it can stand up to 650 degrees Celsius without losing any of that braking power.


– Germany TüV certificate high quality, mechanical disc brake bike kit.
– 12Cr13 martensitic stainless steel with 160mm 6 bolt Standard 44MM & 22MM pitch-row disc for smoothness and perfect flatness.
– Cold forged double bent lever blade with 85mm front and 145mm rear brake stainless steel PTFE coated cable.
– Fits very well and really easy to install and adjust. There is no need to have a professional come in and instructions are included.

Shimano XT BL-M8000 Disc Brake

Now we are moving up in price and quality with the Shimano XT BL-M8000 Disc Brake. This new brake offers some understated changes for a sleeker look and reduction in weight. These brakes will also allow for more space on your dashboard because of a slimmer clamp. This model will also come with a new lever that has a great black finish and an integrated master cylinder.

The modulation is incredible on the model and installation is extremely east. Even though these brakes are labeled as two finger, you will only need one. These are just some of the great features on the M8000 that will have you ready to hit the road in no time. Even though these brakes hover at around $100 for one brake, you will not have to buy anymore for a long time.


– Material: aluminum
– Type: hydraulic
– Adjustability: tool-less reach
– Recommended Use: mountain bike
– Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years