zoom Formula C1 Disc Brake
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The Formula C1 is new for 2014. This versatile brake, with Formula's new cartridge technology, is easy to maintain and provides great performance and value at a weight below 346g.
MCCT (Master Cylinder Cartridge Technology)
High capacity reservoir
Removable handlebar clamp
Flip-flop master cylinder
Hard anodised master cylinder piston
Laser etched logos
C1 Master Cylinder Cartridge Technology
Increased roll back for easier mounting and greater pad clearance
Suitable for small hands thanks to a reduced minimum lever distance from the handlebar
Axial master cylinder for a more progressive feel
Innovative cartridge system for easy maintenance and long life
Increased hydraulic ratio: more power and responsiveness
One piece post mount caliper body with 22mm pistons
Top and bottom vented caliper body for maximum cooling and performance
Top loading pads simplify pad changes
Laser etched logos
ECT (Enhanced Caliper Technology)
Proven ECT (Enhanced Caliper Technology)
Increased rollback of the brake pads
Easy rub free brake installation
Increased fluid capacity
Bicycle disc brakes consist of a metal disc attached to the wheel hub that rotates with the wheel. Brake calipers are attached to the frame or fork along with pads that squeeze together on the disc. The way it is attached to the bike will be either by IS (International Standard) which has two holes facing the disc or Post Mount, which has threads going into the fork. Disc brakes have been successfully used on motorbikes for decades, and are the principal choice there. The primary benefit of disc brakes is that they perform equally well in all conditions including water, mud and snow. This is due to their position closer to the hub and away from the ground and possible contaminants like water, which can coat and freeze on the rim in colder temperatures. The pads are usually made from metal sinters or an organic compound instead of rubber. Water acts as a lubricant to rubber but not metal, therefore disc brakes maintain their stopping power in wet conditions. They also avoid the problem that rim brakes have of wearing out the wheel rims, especially in muddy conditions, as well as the requirement that the rim be straight. Disc brakes offer improved modulation of braking power and generally require less finger effort to achieve the same braking power. The advantages of discs make them well-suited to steep, extended downhills through wet and muddy off-road terrain, common in freeride bicycle riding.
the high technology materials currently used enable the latest models of disk brake systems to be lighter and more compact than conventional systems. Evidence shows that, compared with a V-Brake, the latest models of disk brakes for bicycles have achieved: - a higher braking power, a high modulability, a high and constant level of performance, much higher reliability, no increase in weight, size and maintenance
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Formula's all-new C1 is designed as an all-rounder entry point to the premium Italian brand, and that's exactly what it is.
It's distinctive looking, with the fluid reservoir at the far end of the lever body rather than above it. The lever piston sits in a self-contained (and replaceable) cartridge in the centre, with the hose exiting halfway along the body. It still feels and operates like a conventional brake, and weight is competitive for the price.
Pad retraction is extra wide so it's easy to set up rub-free even in wet and gritty conditions, and it's ambidextrous for easy swaps. The brake is sold separately if you don't need a rotor, and it can also be upgraded with leverage adjusters and a very clever dry break coupling for bleed-free internal routing.
It takes a while to bed in, but once sorted lever feel is smoothly progressive, with a slight squeeze rather than a direct hardness. Power is adequate if not amazing for a twin-pot brake, but modulation is excellent, even on the slipperiest slopes.
While its longterm durability is currently unproven, we've had no issues with fade, overheating or general reliability so far.
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