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Formula’s R1 is one of the lightest brakes available, but still seriously powerful with fantastic fingertip control. It’s slightly fragile and definitely expensive though.

The skinny master cylinder and crooked lever of the R1 make it a super-light unit but its tiny bolts do need more care than most. The build quality can be temperamental on some sets too. The amount of progressive power and control from the crooked lever is outstanding for its weight. 

Additional feel adjustment comes from the FCS cam and reach adjust is tool-free too. A full bedding-in process is essential, but the sintered pads last well once fettled. While the full set is expensive, you can save money (and potentially weight) by using rotors and mounts from other brands.

article was originally published in Mountain
Biking UK
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