After introducing the newest mechanical disc brake for road and cross just before Sea Otter, Rever (pronounced like revere) was on hand in California for us to get a closer look. Clearly, one of the biggest calling cards of the new MCX1 is the fact that both brake pads are actuated by the lever arm. That makes this one of the very few on the market that offer true dual piston braking in a mechanical package.
Above and beyond the actuation, Rever has built in at least one extra feature that should leave rider happy when it comes time to replace the pads. More details and actual weights, next…
Due to the location of the brake cable and the geometry of the caliper bore, the MCX1 allows users to remove the brake pads without needing to remove the wheel. The design also allows for increased air flow around the pads and the rotor for improved cooling. On a bike, the Rever MCX1 instantly feels different than any mechanical disc brake you’ve tried before. What it lacks in initial bite it makes up with in a huge amound of modulation. Riders who find most other disc brakes too “grabby” on the road may find these to be just right. We’ll have to get some real road miles in to tell for sure, but the MCX1s are very intriguing.
On the scale, a caliper with pads but without hardware checked in at 165g. The 160mm rotor weighed in at 133g. As originally reported the brake will be sold with all necessary hardware, rotor, adapter, and high quality compressionless housing and a stainless brake cable for $149.99 each.