Formula has reached fruition on an ambitious development cycle that began in secret a number of years earlier. The Italian brake maker has diversified with a range of Scandium-rim wheels, and its first suspension fork. In case you are wondering, Formula has not lost any momentum in its core business, as evidenced by the debut of its 361-gram (per side), ‘RO’ brake with an innovative oval-piston brake caliper.
“Why yes. We would love an espresso.” Formula’s family-owned factory is in Tuscany, so it is a tradition to serve guests cafe` or red wine from nearby Montalcino. Alasdaire McLennan photoRO Downhill/AM Brake
Formula RO Brake Details: (clockwise)
Formula’s RO lever assembly is based upon its powerful ‘The One’ gravity brake, with the reach adjustment integrated into the forged lever blade and Formula’s ‘Feel Control System’ hydraulic engagement-adjust dial at the hose fitting • The RO caliper is forged aluminum with top-loading brake pads and a banjo hose fitting • With one brake pad removed, the oval piston is evident. The larger surface area of the piston puts even pressure on the brake pad and produces more squeeze force • A close-up of the integrated lever-reach dial, which is large enough to operate with full-finger gloves. Alasdaire McLennan photoSpeed Lock Brake-Hose Quick Release
Speed Lock is a quick-release brake hose junction that blocks fluid loss when disconnected. The quick release operates with a slide collar in the same manner as a pneumatic hose fitting. Those who disassemble their bikes for shipment, or need to deal with a frame that features internal cable routing, will appreciate how handy Speed Lock could be. Speed Lock can be installed at the brake lever, in-line or at the caliper. We anticipate that Speed Lock will retrofit on other brake maker’s lines as well. Alasdaire McLennan photo Volo Wheels
Volo All-Mountain Wheelset Details: Volo wheels are designed for AM/Trail riders who seek a lightweight, sturdy set of hoops. The rims are 21-millimeters wide (ID), Scandium alloy with 24 straight-pull spokes laced two-cross. Volo 29er wheels weigh 1538 grams a pair, while the 26-inch model weighs 1440 grams a pair. Formula’s forged 7000-alloy aluminum hub features ‘external bearing technology’ similar in theory to Shimano’s freehub design. The right-side hub bearing is placed outboard of the cassette where it can directly support the wheel’s lateral forces, not inboard under the spoke flange like most hubs. Alasdaire McLennan photoFormula 33 Suspension Fork
Thirty Three Fork Details: (clockwise)
Formula’s 33 fork is a 100-millimeter XC design, but we anticipate a long-travel AM slider is soon to follow. The 33 has magnesium sliders, 33-millimeter stanchions and is available with slotted or 15-millimeter through axles, and standard or tapered aluminum steerer tubes • Formula uses a coil booster spring to keep the 33 riding smoothly. Small bumps activate the coil spring and the air-spring kicks in to catch larger hits • The 33’s high-speed compression and rebound damping is handled by speed-sensitive washer stacks • In the Formula tradition, the attention to detail and manufacturing quality on the 33 fork is second to none. Alasdaire McLennan photo Explore Formula’s entire brake and component range and after you are done, give Pinkbike your thoughts about the oval piston concept below.