In 2019 our Dominion A4 took home the Design & Innovation Award by ENDURO Mountainbike Magazine. Just two years later we are proud to say that we have done it again, this time with the Dominion T2.
The T2 follows the Dominion family philosophy of a low-effort system with predictable, progressive ramp-up and a crisp bite point. This is achieved in part by a combination of an added glide ring on the master cylinder piston and sealed ball bearings at the lever blade pivot to reduce overall friction and provide a featherlight lever feel. To keep the feel consistent no matter the lever reach we have developed our Stable Rate Linkage (SRL) that delivers a consistent lever ratio regardless of lever position. Featuring a Reynolds designed and in-house produced carbon-fiber lever, titanium hardware, composite reservoir cover, pads with aluminum backing plates, and precise weight-reducing machining, the T2 is 50g lighter per brake (254g) than the Dominion A2.
You may be thinking, well does it still feel like a Dominion with all these weight savings? Read what the Design & Innovation Award jury had to say about it:
"Hayes have managed to create a particularly lightweight braking system with the Dominion T2 without compromising on performance. Weight savings on critical parts often lead to losses in functionality – not so with the Hayes Dominion T2. The two-piston brake convinces with plenty of power for MTB use, yet is light enough to be of interest for weight weenie mountain bikes. On top of that, it offers a sensitive response and progressive power delivery, meaning you need little effort to produce massive braking power. The brake remains quiet in all conditions and the Crosshair alignment system is designed to effectively prevent rubbing pads. Despite its low weight, the brake still features Hayes’ innovative Dual Port system for easy bleeding. The Hayes Dominion T2 convinced the award jury with its performance and good reliability."
-Design & Innovation Award Jury
About the Award
The Design & Innovation Award is both a seal of approval and the benchmark achievement for the bike industry’s highest-performing products. The Design & Innovation Award is more than just a title-giver or a round of applause for brands. It’s the definitive award that decisively tests products in the real world, assessing them in their entirety and reaching considered verdicts. This year once again saw select international journalists, professional test riders, and industry experts invest more than 6,000 hours of their time to partake in the DI.A process.