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Interbike 2009 – Formula Brake Revamps Line, Adds New Models

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INTERBIKE 2009Formula Brakes has redesigned virtually their entire line and added two new models, the RX and The One FR.  Besides the levers and calipers, they redesigned their rotors, too, and all are now 87g for 160mm steel in a 6-bolt design.  Another across-the-line change is the removal of all pad-contact adjustment dials, and all master cylinders now have eight ports to improve fluid transfer and heat dissipation, which helps prevent fade.  Formula has discontinued the Oro line in favor of the new models.

Shown above, the RX is their new entry level sub-$200 (per wheel) hydraulic brakeset for cross country / trail riding.  They weigh in at 351g (front, post mount) with a 160mm rotor.  It has a cast radial master cylinder with cast one-piece caliper.  The bar mount is a two-bolt flip/flop design, so you can run the levers moto-style if you want, and you don’t have to remove the grip and shifters to swap them around.

Hit ‘more’ to see the full line, including the redesigned The One and Mega…


The RX’s caliper is cast in a one-piece design.



The only change to the R1 is the lever is now forged aluminum rather than magnesium.


While it doesn’t have “FR” anywhere on it, the matte black “The One” is the new Freeride model.  It combines the RX master cylinder with The One’s caliper to offer a less expensive option than the original DH-oriented The One.  It’s 346g / wheel and will cost $280/wheel.


The One FR caliper above and below.



The big change for The One is that it now uses the R1’s radial master cylinder with a forged aluminum body and lever blade.


There’s no change to The One’s caliper body.  It’s $330/wheel.


The Mega is the entry- to mid-level DH brakeset from Formula, and for 2010, it gets the same master cylinder as the RX, meaning it’s now a radial cylinder design.


The Mega carries over its same two-piece caliper with 24mm piston from 2009.  MSRP is $244 and it weighs 363g/wheel.

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