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.

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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