For 2013 all Formula mountain bike disc brakes get the new ECT program, called (Enhanced Caliper Technology). They also have changed the durometer of the Q-ring piston seals and made the pistons surface rougher for increased friction between the piston and the o-ring. The mountain disc brakes also used to have 0.33 inches of retraction distance from the disc rotor, but they increased that measurement to 0.55″, making disc alignment a lot simpler. It has also been reported this new design from Formula makes the bike ride quieter as well. They also have accounted for plenty of hydraulic fluid movement with using the existing brake levers, for pushing the brake pads that extra little distance.
Formula has also changed up to a new brake fluid that will maintain over a larger temperature range, and better consistency of the fluid viscosity. This will both help for better performance with colder temperatures, but super hot days as well. The new hydraulic oil is high-end Shell Donax Ultra used with the Formula 1 racing industry. It will be quiet a bit more spendy and not as easy to locally source, but it’s thankful mountain bike disc brakes don’t require much. And to finish out their updates for 2013, they have more machine work to save more weight.
It’s not displayed here, but Formula also has a new disc brake feature that is a switch to shut off the electronic motor on E-bikes, when the brakes are applied. It adapts to any of their disc brake models.
The new Formula T1 Disc Brakes which used to be called The One, have a completely new caliper that changes the positioning of the hydraulic line that enters on the inside closest to the wheel, to clean up the appearance and save a few grams of weight.
They also will have a limited edition T1 brake model to celebrate the Formula 25th anniversary, that utilizes new enviro sound Physical Valor Delosition, it’s an alternative hard glossy outer coating that appears to be dark chrome and will resist disc brake fluid shown and below.
The Formula R1, and R1 Racing Disc brake models have a new semi-metallic brake pad compound that falls somewhere between sintered and organic. The backing plate on the brake pads is designed bigger with a curved shape to completely cover up the piston, which aids to dissipate the heat. These new pads will retro fit the older Formula disc brakes, except for the Oro models.
It has also been reported with earlier news with Colnago , that Formula’s newest hydraulic-electronic brake levers are holding out till the Shimano 11-speed parts are available so Formula can make changes to the system for the E-tube wiring.
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