We all love to drool over tricked out, top-shelf componentry but when it’s time to go shopping -not window shopping, but real put your money on the table shopping- riders with finite budgets turn their attention to companies like Bloomington, Minnesota’s Rever. Launching at the Sea Otter Classic, newcomer Rever is bringing value priced components with claimed race grade performance.

“In today’s component world, cyclists have come to expect that with high performance comes complexity and a high price tag. We’re here to show that’s not the case,” explains Rever’s Brand manager Tren Blankenship.

Rever’s first product is a mechanical disc brake called the MCX1, a short-pull dual piston brake designed specifically for road and cyclocross bikes. An expanded line of competitively priced parts is planned for the future, stop in for details of Rever’s first offering…

Rever stuck with a mechanical design over hydraulic because they wanted the MCX1 brakes to be simple to set up and maintain, at home or mid-ride. In order to provide good stopping power and modulation, they chose to employ a dual-piston setup. Their basic design provides easy adjustability and the top-loading brake pads can be changed without removing your wheel. The Rever brakes use the same shape pads as Shimano’s G-type (for XT/XTR).

What makes them exciting is they’re only the second modern mechanical brake to move both pads simultaneously. TRP’s Spyre is the other, and these do look similar, but we’re all for more options that bring better performance than brakes with single-sided movements that simply mash the rotor against the fixed pad.

Rever MCX1 mechanical disc brake, rear Rever MCX1 mechanical disc brake, side

The other exciting part? For the price of admission, the MCX1 brake kit includes everything you need for one wheel, except the brake lever. You get the caliper, rotor, ultra-slick cable, compressionless housing, and all required small parts. The MCX1 disc brake is available April 15th for $149.99 per wheel with a two year warranty against manufacturing defects.

Weight: 166g
Caliper Main Body: Forged aluminum
Caliper Actuator Arm: Forged aluminum
Finish: Anodized matte black (caliper body)
Rotor: REVER single piece rotor
Rotor Sizes: 160mm
Pad: Shimano G-type (XT/XTR) pad design, sintered / semi-metallic / resin compounds
Mount Type: Post mount or IS mount with adapter
Special Features: Pad replacement is possible without removing wheels or disconnecting cables

Kit Contains:
1x REVER MCX1 Mechanical Disc Brake Caliper
1x REVER 6 Bolt Rotor, 160mm
1x Ultra-slick Stainless Brake Cable, 2300mm
1x 5mm Compressionless Brake Housing, Black, 2000mm
2x Caliper Mounting Bolts
2x Semi-metallic Brake Pads
6x Rotor Mounting Bolts, T25
1x IS Adapter with Mounting Bolts, 160mm
1x Post Mount Adapter with Mounting Bolts, 160mm
1x Indexed Inline Brake Adjuster
1x Hooded End Cap, Black
2x Lined End Caps, Black
2x Cable Tips, Black
4x Mini Tube Tops, Black
1x T25 Torx Wrench



  1. I would love to see one that allows you to use Shimano’s finned pads and Shimano’s latest generation of Ice-Tech rotors, or something similar. The arm with barrel adjuster where the cable stop stops looks on the slender side. I can imagine it flexing, maybe visibly, if you brake hard. The rotor also looks like nothing special. At 150 bucks a wheel, they’re not really budget, but it’s nice to see another mechanical option on the market. Let’s see how they perform in the real world- hopefully an MTB version will follow!

  2. Nice, TRP finally has some twin-piston competition. The Spyres require you to remove the wheel for pad changes, and the Shimano B01S pads they use aren’t quite as common where I’m from, compared to the G-series stuff these Rever brakes use.

    Will look forward to reviews. Nice to see more choices in the mechanical disc brake arena. The Spyres have been great on my TCX so far; I wonder how these fare.

  3. The Spyre/Spyke are considerably cheaper than this, even considering that they don’t include the cable/housing kit. But choice is good. When is Avid going to make a dual-actuation BB* brake?

  4. “When is Avid going to make a dual-actuation BB* brake?”

    Not before there’s a dual-actuation brake that works better than what they already offer.

  5. craigsj has a good point: Avid BB7s work awesome. People complain about the inferior single-piston design, but it is executed so well that neither braking power nor modulation has ever been an issue for me when using them. I have ridden hydros and come back to my BB7s, and not wished my bike had hydros. (I am not heavy, don’t ride in rainy conditions, and don’t ride long DH trails, so that could be part of why I have never had a problem with them.) So yeah- BB7s are awesome brakes, there’s a reason why they basic design has not changed greatly in nearly fifteen years. If Rever outdoes them- then great for them. Another brake I am interested in trying is the (also highly rated and single piston) Shimano CX77. Would be great to see a mechanical brake shootout.

  6. ” IF YOU’RE A DEALER, our products are distributed exclusively through Quality Bicycle Products.” -www.riderever.com

    More options are still better than less options*.

    *in regards to most things…

  7. I’d love it if BikeRumor could change the way it embeds YouTube videos – no quality control, no volume control, no screen-size control – it’s a real hassle the way it’s currently being done.

  8. Rever and QBP share the same street address, 6400 West 105th Street
    Bloomington, MN 55438. That means it’ll be easy to get and well supported.

  9. Okay…..New guy chiming in. Before the TRP Spyre/Spyke was the IRD Dual Banger. Unfortunately it is now out of production (maybe on their radar for a revision), but was (at least to my 30 years of industry knowledge) was the first mechanical disc caliper to “move both pads simultaneously”.

  10. $150/wheel seems very high.

    I for one don’t really understand why a hydraulic brake is significantly more expensive than a mechanical one. It’s assumed so because its performance is better. The lever is slightly more complex and requires higher tolerances due to the master cylinder, but the caliper seems simpler from a manufacturing standpoint. And hydraulic lines/fittings are dirt cheap. Shimano kind of proved this with the M396 system. Mechanical may offer other benefits for certain riders (like on my touring bike), but cost really isn’t one (and shouldn’t be from a technical perspective)

  11. Are these flat-mount compatible? Most disc brakes will go to shimano’s flat mount…can these work with that mounting?

    • @bikesarecool, theoretically any brake should be flat mount compatible since there are adapters to use regular calipers with flat mount. The incompatibility would be using flat mount brakes on a regular IS or Post Mount frame.

  12. Original Angry A- Yes, those may have been the first to have that feature, but the reviews were all around quite bad. They were supposed to be hard to set up, noisy, and not very powerful.
    The single-piston design is OK, and great when executed well. Ditto for dual piston ones.

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