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The top of the race brake heap for a couple of years, Formula's R1 feels fantastic for a featherweight brake. The minimalist forged master cylinder and calliper makes it possibly the lightest 180mm brake available (by a gram over SRAM XX) and the optional carbon blade can drop the 160mm version to 263g.

The lever is flip-flop for easy fitting, although the tiny red anodised bolts need careful treatment to stop them rounding out when removing/installing. Syringe-based bleeding needs patience to get consistent results and careful bedding in is essential for decent pad life.

Initial power, particularly in the dry, is impressive for the weight and the ?rm feel of the braided hose-equipped brake is superb. There's occasional squeal but otherwise the consistent, smoothly squeezed, ?ne modulation won big points. The big bore calliper means it's not unduly bothered by heat either.

Bigger distribution muscle from new UK importers Silverfish should mean that previous spares availability gripes are reduced. This leaves only the high price as an issue, but separate packaging of brake (£220) and rotor and mounts kits (£35+) makes for financial flexibility.

"Alloy bits need care, but still the most controllable super-light brake for those who can afford it"

Full write up can be viewed over on BikeRadars site: bikeradar.com

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