eeCycleworks Direct Mount eeBrakes In Production, Stopping a Bike Near You Soon

eeCycleworks direct mount eeBrakes

With Fair Wheel Bikes hanging prototypes on an Interbike showpiece and Parlee’s new ESX calling them out as a spec option, we checked in with eeCycleworks founder Craig Edwards for details. Not only did we get some great info, but he sent over pics of these prototypes on his own Trek Madone.

The new DM eeBrake uses a two-bolt mounting design with an outboard stiffening arch to prevent frame/fork flex during brake actuation. Even with all that, they actually come in 20 grams lighter than the already feathery standard eeBrake, tipping the scales at just 175g for the set…with brake pads and all hardware. That’s just 80-90g per wheel!

All of the parts are in production now. Edwards say finished product will likely be available by the end of the year. Flip past the break for more pics and options…

eeCycleworks direct mount eeBrakes

Two versions will be offered: The extended mount shown here for bikes like the Madone that have a “beak” protrusion from the head tube, and a lower profile mount for normal bikes and rear placement. He’s also working on an optional composite aero arch to improve wind flow over the brake.

eeCycleworks direct mount eeBrakes

The set will retail for a hair more than $600, about the same as the standard eeBrakes, and can be ordered as a mixed sets for bikes that use one traditional and one direct mount (dual bolt) brake.

eeCycleworks direct mount eeBrakes

Comments

Tom - 11/14/13 - 12:11pm

there is tremendous scope to aero-ize these brakes – a carbon shroud that plugs into the mounting post holes, or perhaps a hole in the stiffening arch, would tuck these away nicely

Alex - 11/14/13 - 12:17pm

I think it’s funny that we’re still trying to improve the rim brake.

Greg - 11/14/13 - 1:40pm

How do you center these things?

Jack - 11/14/13 - 1:54pm

Guy needs to de-grease his chain! Pretty groovy though.

Michael - 11/14/13 - 2:22pm

That drivetrain is shameful!!

Fred McWeightweenie - 11/14/13 - 5:27pm

More dirty bike porn please. Seriously. I love shots of test/review bikes looking like they actually get ridden. Although that rear brake is suspiciously clean…

Psi Squared - 11/14/13 - 10:12pm

I think it’s funny that people think that rim brakes will suddenly disappear. They’ll be around for a long time to come, even with the emergence of disc brakes on road bikes. The switch from one dominant technology to another does not go like a Heaviside function.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heaviside_step_function

David1 - 11/14/13 - 10:55pm

Wow road bikes are now coming out with BMX brakes and 20 year old brake boosters. “Move along move along nothing new to see here”

Argh - 11/15/13 - 8:34am

@Alex

why not, there are new basalt breaking surface for rims.. so rim brakes actually will exist much longer

Psi Squared - 11/15/13 - 1:03pm

Brake boosters? No, that’s pretty mud what the standard EE brakes look like, except for the whole post mount thingee. It’s a probably a good time to read about EE brakes before making more assumptions about them.

Ejprez - 11/20/13 - 11:37am

Looks like a winner to me, especially if you are running Campy or Sram, The DM shimano brakes work great but if you are not a shimano user then you have Zero options.

djconnel - 07/20/14 - 2:55pm

Good luck matching the weight of this system with a disc… lighter, cheaper, simpler, and no problem stopping at the traction limit.

There’s nothing new about direct mount brakes: see the old Mafac Racer. And there’s nothing particularly new about the EE design: Jan Heine’s done an extensive review of brake designs, including the EE. But these are likely the best weight/performance brakes available right now. Direct-mount saves weight and improves stiffness: win win.

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