Formula C1 mountain bike disc brake review

Not super powerful, but good modulation

Our rating 
3.5 out of 5 star rating 3.5
GBP £99.00 RRP | AUD $165.00 | USD $159.00
Formula C1 mountain bike disc brake"

Our review

Not very powerful, but light with softly-spoken modulation and neat upgrade options.
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Formula’s all-new C1 is designed as an all-rounder entry point to the premium Italian brand, and that’s exactly what it is.

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It’s distinctive looking, with the fluid reservoir at the far end of the lever body rather than above it. The lever piston sits in a self-contained (and replaceable) cartridge in the centre, with the hose exiting halfway along the body. It still feels and operates like a conventional brake, and weight is competitive for the price.

Pad retraction is extra wide so it’s easy to set up rub-free even in wet and gritty conditions, and it’s ambidextrous for easy swaps. The brake is sold separately if you don’t need a rotor, and it can also be upgraded with leverage adjusters and a very clever dry break coupling for bleed-free internal routing.

It takes a while to bed in, but once sorted lever feel is smoothly progressive, with a slight squeeze rather than a direct hardness. Power is adequate if not amazing for a twin-pot brake, but modulation is excellent, even on the slipperiest slopes.

While its longterm durability is currently unproven, we’ve had no issues with fade, overheating or general reliability so far.

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This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Product Specifications

Product

Name C1 (14)
Brand Formula

Description Power: 98Nm
Weight (g) 406
Brake Rotor Diameters 180mm