Formula Cura brake review

Smooth stopping at an affordable price

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £159.00 RRP

Our review

Average power but signature softly modulated, early start Formula feel at an affordable price
Buy if, You want a brake that saves weight rather than adds control at a great price
Pros: Smoothly squeezed, heat resistant, lightweight control with eco-friendly oil
Cons: Adequate rather than amazing power, early bite point won’t suit everyone
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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.

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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
Mick Kirkman / Immediate Media

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.

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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.

Product Specifications

Product

Name Cura brake
Brand Formula

Brake Fluid Mineral