EB15: Brake Force One H2O disc brake trades mineral oil for water

Brake Force One H2O hydraulic disc brakes that use water

Brake Force One has completely redesigned their unique hydraulic brakes to use water instead of mineral oil. The calipers still use their two step system to provide near instant engagement before ramping up the power, just in a different configuration. Still a closed system, too, because it’s a high volume lever system that can handle any expansion.

They say water makes the brake more heat resistant because it has a five times higher heat transfer rate, two times the heat capacity and less expansion under heat than mineral oil. It’s also less compressible, which is why many trials riders have used it. It’s also much more environmentally friendly.

Which begs the question, why doesn’t everyone just use water? “Everyone just imported the tech from cars,” they said, which meant a rethink was in order…

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Brake Force One has completely redesigned their unique hydraulic brakes to use water instead of mineral oil. The calipers still use their two step system to provide near instant engagement before ramping up the power, just in a different configuration. Still a closed system, too, because it’s a high volume lever system that can handle […]

Posted in Eurobike, Mountain Bike53 Comments

EB14: Euro-Bytes – Lauf Forks, Brake Force One & Schlumpf Advanced Belt Drive

Following the recent announcement if their new 27.5″ fork, Lauf has revised their already really light short travel leaf spring 29er fork to be a bit lighter and a bit stronger.

The revised lower section around the axle is cleaner looking, and it now holds their own bolt-in thru axle rather than being spec’d with the Rockshox Maxle. It’s just 47g, a considerable drop, and ther are new molded axle guides that the wheel can rest on while being installed.

More weight savings come from the full carbon bump stop, which replaces the alloy one on the original. You’re only goin to hit it when you bottom out the 60mm of travel, which is harder than you’d think.
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Following the recent announcement if their new 27.5″ fork, Lauf has revised their already really light short travel leaf spring 29er fork to be a bit lighter and a bit stronger. The revised lower section around the axle is cleaner looking, and it now holds their own bolt-in thru axle rather than being spec’d with […]

Posted in Commuter, Eurobike, Mountain Bike14 Comments

Interbike 2012: Ibex Sports anounce Brake Force One distribution

Green caliper with purple piston caps and orange fluid? With MyBFO program, why not?

Bikerumor have been following Germany’s Brake Force One for some time, so we won’t go into too many technical details here, but Ibex Sports had several sets on hand at Interbike to celebrate their distribution of the much-anticipated wunderbrake.  Brakes will be landing in the US in October and should be available from both Ibex Sports and Competitive Cyclist by the end of that month.  Hit the jump to see one of the nicest post mount adapters yet and BFO’s integrated Shimano shifter perch…

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Bikerumor have been following Germany’s Brake Force One for some time, so we won’t go into too many technical details here, but Ibex Sports had several sets on hand at Interbike to celebrate their distribution of the much-anticipated wunderbrake.  Brakes will be landing in the US in October and should be available from both Ibex […]

Posted in Interbike, Mountain Bike3 Comments

Brake Force One Updates Closed-System Hydraulic Brakes, Adds Glow in Dark Hoses

2013 Brake Force One closed system hydraulic mountain bike brakes with new colors and glow in dark hoses

Brake Force One is an interesting set up on its own, being a completely closed hydraulic braking system. For 2013, they’ve updated just about everything inside and out. The short list is this:

  • New internals for smoother, easier lever feel
  • Colored parts and brake fluid options
  • Glow in the dark brake hoses
  • Customized laser etching
  • Lighter, sleeker mounts

Now, for the details, along with cutaway images on how the system and the dual stage Brake Booster design works…

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Brake Force One is an interesting set up on its own, being a completely closed hydraulic braking system. For 2013, they’ve updated just about everything inside and out. The short list is this: New internals for smoother, easier lever feel Colored parts and brake fluid options Glow in the dark brake hoses Customized laser etching […]

Posted in Eurobike, Mountain Bike12 Comments

Meet Brake Force One, a German approach to how you stop

Brake Force One Lever

There’s engineering and then there’s German engineering. What sets the two apart? In this case: a few hundred dollars, a unique concept, and unusual brake lever ergonomics. Developed by Jakob Lauhoff, 18, the Brake Force One brakes have a claimed weight of 205 grams (without disc) and retail for 390€ (or roughly $500 USD). Unfortunately, there are currently no American distributors for those with the means.

Their teenage inventor claims his design, which forgoes a brake fluid reservoir, is twice as powerful as current brakes but requires only half the operating power. The levers have been designed accordingly, with only sufficient space to comfortably rest one finger.

Read on to ogle and learn more…

 

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There’s engineering and then there’s German engineering. What sets the two apart? In this case: a few hundred dollars, a unique concept, and unusual brake lever ergonomics. Developed by Jakob Lauhoff, 18, the Brake Force One brakes have a claimed weight of 205 grams (without disc) and retail for 390€ (or roughly $500 USD). Unfortunately, […]

Posted in Mountain Bike23 Comments

Readers’ Rides: Seb K’s heavily modified 11.1 lb / 5.08 kg mountain bike!

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There are weight weenies, and then there are weight weenies. The emphasis added is what sets apart those that simply buy light weight parts to add to their ride, and those that are willing to potentially destroy high dollar parts just to try and remove a few extra grams. These tinkerers find great challenge and reward in the process of dropping every bit of weight possible, and it’s safe to say that Sebastian K. falls into that category.

These days, you can buy a production road bike that is sub 11 lbs (with enough $$$), but a mountain bike? That’s a bit more extreme. Obviously Sebastian’s mountain bike is fully rigid and single speed, but he still had to go to great lengths to modify it down to a hair more than 11 lbs. Just how do you get a mountain bike that light? Read on for more…

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There are weight weenies, and then there are weight weenies. The emphasis added is what sets apart those that simply buy light weight parts to add to their ride, and those that are willing to potentially destroy high dollar parts just to try and remove a few extra grams. These tinkerers find great challenge and reward in […]

Posted in Actual Weights, Reader's Rides69 Comments

Rohloff gets hydraulic road & trail shifting with new Bpod psh’R

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Last year we saw the introduction of an aftermarket shifting control box made by Gebla to give Rohloff users more flexibility when it came to shifter setups. The 14 speed internally geared Rohloff hub has long been a sought after solution for all types of riding due to its durability and low maintenance, but besides its high price, it has been held back by being limited to a single twist shifter that only works on standard flat bars. The Gebla Rohbox let you use standard (albeit modified) road or mountain shifters, but still pulling a pair of standard shift cables. Now from the relatively young Swiss company Bpod comes a pair of hydraulic alternatives under the new psh’R name. Take an up-close look at the both road drop bar shifters and the trigger shifters, and find out why go hydraulic in the first place…

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Last year we saw the introduction of an aftermarket shifting control box made by Gebla to give Rohloff users more flexibility when it came to shifter setups. The 14 speed internally geared Rohloff hub has long been a sought after solution for all types of riding due to its durability and low maintenance, but besides its […]

Posted in Gadgets & Hacks, Mountain Bike, Road Bike16 Comments

EB15: Haibike Affair Locks In New Tune Road Quick Release Thru-Axle; Plus a Super E-bike and More

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Codeveloped between Haibike and Tune for road applications the new QC12 quick release thru-axle aims to speed up and simplify wheel changes for the shift to road discs. The new axle is exclusively available on Haibike’s new lightweight, high-modulus race bike the Affair for 2016, after which the standard will be opened up to other interested manufacturers.

Follow us past the break for some detailed pics of the top-spec Affair, plus some technical background on the QC12, as well as a new carbon cross bike from Haibike, and their over-the-top road racing, high-speed e-bike…

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Codeveloped between Haibike and Tune for road applications the new QC12 quick release thru-axle aims to speed up and simplify wheel changes for the shift to road discs. The new axle is exclusively available on Haibike’s new lightweight, high-modulus race bike the Affair for 2016, after which the standard will be opened up to other […]

Posted in Cyclocross, e-Bike, Eurobike, Road Bike9 Comments

Eurobike Coverage Review – Week #1: SRAM Red Wireless, ENVE’s Crazy Light Hubs, Magura’s Wireless Dropper, BFO’s H2O Brakes & more!

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Welcome to Eurobike! We went and did all the walking for you, so step right in, grab a Dunkle, Tripel or Weizeneisbock, and review our first week’s worth of Eurobike 2015 coverage…

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Welcome to Eurobike! We went and did all the walking for you, so step right in, grab a Dunkle, Tripel or Weizeneisbock, and review our first week’s worth of Eurobike 2015 coverage…

Posted in Clothing-Gear-Tools, Cyclocross, e-Bike, Eurobike, Fatbike, Mountain Bike, Prototype, Road Bike2 Comments