Formula Cura brake review£159.00

Smooth stopping at an affordable price

BikeRadar score4/5

The Cura is the first Formula brake to use mineral oil rather than synthetic DOT fluid and it also has a conventional compression (rather than extension) actuated master cylinder.

Feel is still signature Formula though, with careful set-up required for scuff-free running and early pad contact that won’t suit ‘lever on the grips’ fans.

Power is adequate rather than amazing too (its RO brake is significantly more stoppy) so aggro riders will want a 200/180mm rotor pairing.

The Cura brake uses mineral oil rather than synthetic DOT fluid
The Cura brake uses mineral oil rather than synthetic DOT fluid

A set I’ve been testing on an e-bike in the testing terrain of the Maritime Alps has only been fading slightly on the most crazy and extended descents. It’s also managed 850km on the first set of sintered pads, with no oil contamination either.

My second set, being used back home, has worn faster and I’ve had squealing issues and some slow-return pad drag in really filthy conditions, but the softly squeezed control in slippery situations is impressive.

At 404g (brake, 180mm rotor and all mounting hardware) the Cura is significantly lighter than other stoppers at this affordable price (brake only, £119). That potentially makes it a bargain if you’re looking to save weight rather than add control.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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