Formula T1 Disc Brake System

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Weighing in at 335 grams, the incredible braking power and precise modulation of T1 has earned an excellent reputation worldwide and has resulted in numerous test wins. T1 sets the benchmark for AM/EN riding. New for 2013: Enhanced Caliper Technology (ECT) for higher rollback and easy installation.

User Reviews (2)

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Pieman   All Mountain Rider [May 21, 2013]
Strength:

Power, Lever feel, Build Quality, Durability

Weakness:

Sintered pads take a LONG time to get up to temp when riding in cold temps and have very little bite till they do warm up. Price.

My T1's also came on my Stumpjumper FSR Expert and have been brilliant right outta the box. The first thing you notice is the build quality. While not as slick looking as some of the Avid and Shimano brakesets, you can tell they are high quality units. Lever feel is fantastic and almost as nice as XTR...... i said ALMOST! Nice and solid with good feel. Power is very strong, especially with 203mm front rotor and 180mm rear, yet still has great modulation. I run the Sintered pads and they have a wicked bite which makes the modulation even more important. As mentioned, when riding in cold temps (so below 10oC/50oF or thereabouts) the pads have very little bite untill deep into the lever stroke. They return to normal once up to temp but this takes a while..... or maybe i'm just off the brakes too much! Also in wet conditions they can howl a fair bit.
My only other beef is that the SRAM MatchMaker for them holds the shifter a little too far inboard for my personal liking but thats not a deal breaker by any stretch.
All in all i've run these brakes for about a year and a half now and still on the original pads and have never had the need to bleed them.
So to compare them to the other two brands, i actually like them better than both. While the Shimano's have a nicer, more consistant performance and cleaner appearance, T1's are lighter and i'd say have more raw power. The Avids always look nice and slick (especially the XO Trail's!) and have a great price, but the T1's perform better in all regards, are more powerfull, more durable and trouble free.
Price is a factor though as these are not cheap. But if you want an outstanding brakeset that is not the same as every other person you ride with, you will be very happy with a shiney new set of Formula T1's!

Similar Products Used: Shimano XTR, Shimano SLX, Shimano Saint, Avid XO Trail, Avid XO, Avid Elixr 9, Avid Juicy 9, Avid Juicy Ultimate, Hayes Stroker, Tecktro Draco
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5
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3
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stmarti   Weekend Warrior [May 08, 2013]
Strength:

Looks. Long lever. Matchmaker setup. Free stroke, and other adjustments work fine.

Weakness:

Almost impossible to set the caliper rubbing free. This is with brand new normal rotors, two piece rotors, different pads etc. T1 has a claimed increased pad clearance over "the one", this is not true. Conical washers on the pm 160-180 adapter is a design flaw.

The front bake has a noise (only when light braking) like a junk bike with chromed steel rims. Never heard such a brake noise on different brands.

Toxic dot4 oil.


Brake came as stock on my stumpjumper fsr29 expert. Stopping power is good, but nothing spectacular despite the big hype. Quality is average.
I not recommend this brake, I'm only using it because came with the bike, I will upgrade/downgrade to any shimano brake soon...

Similar Products Used: Shimano xt, dualcontrol servowave xt.
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