Funn Drop Out brake review£129.99

Heavyweight stopper

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The Drop Out uses a big hidden hose calliper for impressive power, but it’s rattley and low on modulation for its price, and spares are rare.

The flip-flop lever uses a two-piece clamp with reach adjust on the blade, but starts to rattle quickly. The big egg-shaped calliper runs on a logoed Fear Factor rotor and uses an inside routed hose for protection.

It provides a lot of power under a medium-strength pull on the levers, but loses modulation as you pull harder. It gets hot too, it’s heavy and the hose isn’t angle adjustable. The massive pads are unique as well.

We’d actually recommend Funn's Drop In brake instead, because it can run Hope pads, it's 30g lighter, £10 cheaper and although it’s less powerful, offers much more progressive delivery.

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Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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