Formula Oro K18 disc brake review£112.95

One of our favourite all-round anchors

BikeRadar score4.5/5

The basic version of Formula’s Oro still has the key features that makes it one of our favourite all-round anchors. 

The organic-looking design doesn’t get the FCS bite point adjustment of pricier Oros but stopping power is arresting once bedded in. 

Lever feel and modulation are marvellous, while pad life is good and it’s immune to any heat build up you’ll see in real use. This all inspires complete confidence.

Despite all this it’s still a very lightweight unit, even by cross-country standards.

There’s also the option to go a rotor size smaller than most brakes while retaining ample power if weight really matters to you. Pricing and reliability are excellent, with great event back-up from UK importer Propel too.

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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