Formula Brakes at Interbike 2010

by Brian Mullin on September 28, 2010

While I was at Sea Otter, Formula showed me early prototype’s of a new fork and wheelset. They are now much further along with the designs, and they have continued with the development, and they had their latest beta specimens on display. The Thirty3 fork is a cross country fork (80/100/115mm travel), that uses 33mm 7000 series Aluminum stanchions (hence the name), QR or 15mm axle, straight or tapered steerer, in comes black or white. The air sprung fork, has a closed cartridge damping unit, with compression and rebound damping adjustment and has a lock out. A future model will most likely have 150mm of travel. Prices, weight and availability are not known.

The Volo wheels are pretty trick, and use 26″ or 29″ Scandium rims, forged and anodized hub bodies, 24 spokes in a 2 cross pattern, with front QR or 15mm, and QR or X-12 for the rear axles.

The 4 pawl free-hub, uses an external bearing technology, which puts the cartridge bearing as outward as possible, for durability and load distribution. Weight hovers at a light 1417 grams. They also have a version that uses a carbon tubular rim. Prices and availability are not known.

The new 2 piece rotor has a more robust center spider, for more strength and longevity.

On a set of ‘The One’ brakes they had the new FCS (Feel Control System) reservoir kit, which allows an adjustment of the lever control contact point. The kit comes in gold or red for $42 each. The IRA (Instant Reach Adjust) knob kit, gives adjustment of the lever throw, and comes in gold or red for $28 each. The adjustment features are handy and will allow a good deal of tuning, but once set, usually won’t be touched again.

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