Formula Oro Bianco review£164.95

The Oro Bianco delivers outstanding control in all conditions. The 180mm rotor power is plentiful and the soft feel is beautifully progressive. It stayed that way right through the dyno cycle, despite some serious smoke and insane temps.

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The Oro Bianco delivers outstanding control in all conditions. The 180mm rotor power is plentiful and the soft feel is beautifully progressive and control rich.

It stayed that way right through the dyno cycle, despite some serious smoke and insane temps. Big 200 and monster 220mm rotors are also available, so you'll have no trouble in the Alps.

The bite point is adjustable via a discrete, but very stiff, knob behind the lever, and the brake and rotors come separately for easy power selection. Formula reliability has always been excellent, fitting is easy and the lever can be flipped left to right. Combined MIXXmaster clamps are available for SRAM shifters but they need juggling with Shimano Rapidfire pods.

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: 44
  • 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 tfhan 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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