Funn Drop In brake review£120.00

Hefty stoppers

BikeRadar score2.5/5

Funn’s Drop In brake is their cross-country offering with lots of reliable power and easy spares availability. It’s heavy, though.

The basic design is similar to the old Hayes HFX-9 although the master cylinder gets some extra surface detailing and it’s available in a range of colours.

The two-piece bar clamp makes fitting easy, the flip-flop design works either side of the bar and the long lever gives plenty of scope for multi- or fat-fingered winter glove use.

The bolted two-piece calliper has an adjustable hose angle and it can take aftermarket Hope pads – which is a big bonus in terms of spares availability. Lever feel is blunt and power isn’t as dramatic as its Drop Off sibling, but it’s still better than average.

Progression and intensive, high-heat performance is a lot more consistent and the long-term reliability is very good too. It is particularly heavy though, putting it more in the heavy-duty gravity bracket than its intended cross-country billing.

Dry drop in: dry drop in
Dry drop in: dry drop in

All dry: all dry
All dry: all dry

Funn drop in: funn drop in
Funn drop in: funn drop in

All wet: all wet
All wet: all wet

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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