From a control standpoint, brakes are one of the most important parts of your bike. This means that when buying brakes, you want to be absolutely sure you’re getting a good product… and Shimano’s XT M785 disc brakes are an excellent product. Using only a single finger, you are able to maintain an incredible amount of control over your brakes, making normally rough downhill runs an absolute breeze. The stopping power is just amazing, and the XT M785s handle that power impeccably- Ice Tech finned pads and rotors do a wonderful job of keeping everything cool. The best part? These powerhouses are actually reasonably priced!
Formula R1 disc brakes have a distinctly different feel to most other brands. There’s very little free-stroke, and when the pads contact the rotor, they feel rock solid and firm at the lever. Once fully bedded in, the stopping power comes on thick and fast, and it happens almost as soon as the pads contact with the rotor. Such abrupt power application for minimal lever movement can come as a bit of a shock and modulate these brakes requires some relearning if you aren’t used to the ‘Formula feel’.