Funn Brakes are here..Stop on a Dime, Cent, Penny.

Nov 6, 2008
by Simon Paton  
Stop! Look! Listen! Time to take a break and have a little look at the latest offerings from our friends at Funn MTB with regards to their Drop-In Brakes.

Funn MTB have been making quality parts for longer than most of you have been riding. There products have been the product of choice on many a pro's bike. So let's look at their new disk brake offering.Sam Hill's been running their low rise bar and direct mount Boxxer stem for a few seasons now and Greg Minnaar in his Honda days had the bars spec'd on his bike. Rennie ran the Soljam Viper Pedals when he wasn't even sponsored by them. Plus the Athertons ran most of their range including their signature "AAA" (triple A bars) back in the day.

Now we have Funn's latest product range of disk brakes to tease you with, which is headed up by their DH model the "Drop In" in glorious white!

I personally don't think Carrie Bradshaw from SATC will ever write about these in her New York publication. These levers are never going to win a fashion award. Yes they're in white which ticks a lot of boxes for many of you fashion gimps out there, they're just a little industrial looking. That said they work like a true machine. Smooth, predictable, reliable and maintenance free. These were on my bike for the Megavalanche and worked every time, even in the extreme cold and wet conditions up top to the baking hot sunshine at the bottom. In fact they're still on my bike now, ready for a hard winter ahead.

2 bolt clamp

2 bolt clamp


Changing bars over is an easy job, even easier when the brakes have a double bolt clamp. Thus meaning no need to take off the shifter and grips. Also especially handy at Interbike Demo days at Boulder Canyon. We drive on the left hand side of the road here in the U.K, so that means back brake goes on the left. Why? Because we need to control the back brake when stopping at a junction and turning right. With our right hands waving in the air signaling, then braking would be very difficult wouldn't it?

Weight: 340g

Weight: 340g


U.K uplifts are a disaster (check Diamond Back Decision Race Repo) as we have to stack our bikes together on an uplift on the back of a farm tractor and trailer up a bumpy road. Whilst we are seated separately. Hence plenty of uplift damage with scrapes and scratches to say the least. This is where we might like the hose to be less exposed and terminate on the inside of the caliper, would that make sense?

Caliper - Two Piece forged Color: Are you blind? White! O.K they also come in grey as well.

Caliper - Two Piece forged Color: Are you blind? White! O.K they also come in grey as well.


Two big pads in there. Who needs multiple pads? Even Peaty kept getting ticked off from Hope when he rode his single pads instead of the latest four or six pot ranges.

In summary they work! What else do you want to know? O.K so the hose isn't braided, that's heavy anyway. Fluid? DOT 4.

They work every time and it's up to you to decide whether you like the feel of them or not. I mean how many times have you heard "I love me Avids, Shimano's etc.." whilst the next man inline at the uplift screams, "Oh I hated them, they felt awful.."

Where can you buy them from? Contact your local distributor as listed here: make sure you get some original Funn spare pads (Pads -Sintered metallic) at the same time as ordering them. Not that they wear out quickly, I'm still on the original set! Just note the third party manufacturers haven't yet started making them.

Funn MTB Distributors.

Price in the U.K for one lever, one rotor, six bolts, hose and caliper:
160mm £99.99
180mm £104.99
203mm £109.99

Never, ever clip in..

Si Paton.
www.Descent-Gear.com
THE 2009 Helmets Instock £129.99 incl p&p.


91 Comments

  • + 40
 It just looks like a beefy Hayes HFX-9
  • - 17
flag caine (Nov 6, 2008 at 0:17) (Below Threshold)
 from what i learned they are made by hayes
  • + 18
 funn's gone crazy..
brakes, pink pedals.. what else?
  • + 5
 ya they look like a mix between the nines and strokers
  • - 21
flag vincentallard (Nov 6, 2008 at 6:37) (Below Threshold)
 it's for sure an old hayes caliper... lame
  • - 2
 No, it's a Bengal. I've never ridden either... Bengal Brakes, fellas, not Hayes.
  • + 0
 looks more like a begal. i'll stick to my magura louise carbons
  • + 0
 i dont belive they make ther own brake caine right they must made by hesye or avid or a big brakes company
  • + 3
 well funn descemder rims are made by sun...if the brakes are made by hayes then do funn make any of their own stuff Wink
  • + 0
 The only exceptions are their brakes and rims. the descender is MTX, misfit looks like big mammoth and xlrator looks like it isnt made by sun.
  • + 24
 here's a little secret. just about everything comes the same couple of factories over seas. the same asian welding up your specialized last month, is probably working next to a guy welding up a schwinn, mongoose, or giant today. Unless it's made in the states or europe, chances are it shares most of it's parts with another company, looks and colors will change the function stays the same. Arai and Shoei helmets(600 and 700 dollar helmets) are made on the same production line as KBC and HJC, as well as your precious TLD lids. There are three main helmet producers: HJC, KBC, and Scorpion(who has their own factory somewhere in an asian land). If it works, it works. Point of the story is, most companies don't make their shit, get used to it.
  • + 12
 Anyone can stop on a penny. You just have to strategically place the penny in the right spot.
  • - 6
flag vineet (Nov 6, 2008 at 19:08) (Below Threshold)
 Majority of these things are "Made in China" ... One of my cousin works in China, so there are many factories which are into prodution of things like, telephones, computers, car accesories, etc and also bicycle parts. So what do they do is.. they approach big brands, and all they have to do is put their logo on it. thats how its been going. However expesive stuff or high end stuff is always been designed and developed by the brand itself.
  • + 9
 taiwan bro not china, most bike stuff comes outa taiwan, fuck chineese made crap
  • + 2
 Sun make FUNN rims cause they are a damn good rim maker
  • + 0
 They look just like the hayes 9 brakes.
  • + 2
 white hayes nine! want them though Big Grin
  • + 2
 point made. if it works, it works. where it comes from in inconsequential.

in MTB'ing, reliability is possibly the most important thing to consider when buying...
  • - 1
 so descender is a sunrim? doubletrack? lol. is it a same product? or a different rim made for funn. i ordered a pair Big Grin
  • + 1
 its an MTX so light and stronger than tits.
  • + 1
 tits are floppy, and soft.... not so strong.
  • + 0
 u know what i mean...
  • + 11
 well... the rumour has it... the looks have it... hayes that is? as long as it brakes, not breaks it's ok... with that attitude every component on a bike is good as long as it works, the question is how long will it work... I loved my haye MAG until it lost 50% of its braking power, even though 3 different bike guru's bleeded it, done a cuple of exorcisms and said that they have no idea what's wrong... then I screamed on the uplift: I hate you Hayes!... now I love my Shimano until I scream on the uplift that I hate shimano!
  • + 5
 I mean the Life goes on, U need to buy a new set of brakes every 2 years, that's it... just accept that fact and your lives will be better.
  • + 22
 Never heard anyone get that emotional on brakes.
  • + 4
 then you buy maguras and discover the 5 year leak guaruntee and you are so satisfyed with them you want to "scream on the uplift" that i LOVE YOU MAGURA!!!
  • + 0
 what what what??? i've been buying a new set of juicys every year for like the last 3 years... 5 year leak gauruntee??? wow
  • + 1
 ive had my juicy 7 for three years and still never bled them just changed the pads alot and there still awsome!!
  • + 1
 well some people are lucky with sevens, i broke my seven after 2 rides when they came on my session... and they where fading really bad, i guess i wasn't very lucky. they didn't even make it to whistler! but the magura's are soooo sick, especially with the venti rotors
  • + 0
 my louises are the best brakes i have ever ridden and i have ridden hayes avid etc....
  • + 1
 Disc brake systems are problably the most diversified of the bike components in terms of performance, so saying that these ones are the best is just... peeeep. You can buy exactly the same 2 sets of juicy 7s or Louises and in 90% of cases they will behave differently. Another stupid thing about saying these are the best is that almost each brand provides a different feel, which one might like or not. I personally do not like the spongy modulation of juicys, because i like a strong, significant pad contact, while most of my friends riding avids just love that they can exactly feel when the pads engage.
  • + 0
 sorry if i offended you but I said the best brake that I have ever ridden.
  • + 1
 i agree, EVERYTHING about my lousies is top notch, extremely adjustable, they never over heat, they're extremely light (especially since i have the carbons) the best modulation possible, i have taken mine down some gnarly crashes, they never leak, bleeding them is ultra easy, they even have a pivoted banjo with a radiator design for extra ease and cooling. they have a quick fit. makes taking them off and on a charm. these are the best brakes period.
  • + 2
 Hayes don't make this brake for Funn, Funn used to make Hayes for Hayes. Well actually Funn's parent company used to make them but there was a problem over who owned the rights to the Hayes name in Taiwan. You'll find that the Funn brakes are just modded Nines.
I cant remember the name of the parent company from the top of my head it begins with an M (Muchos maybe). If you have a Banshee scratch check for a sticker on the back of the seat tube it has the name of the Taiwan company that made it those are the guys who made Hayes.
  • + 0
 This is simular what i understand too, check out the new Hayes brakes do they say Hayes or now only HB?

This model does look like a modified Nine caliper but i have seen teh Drop Out model and it looks like nothing else i have seen before..
  • + 2
 I think I'm getting pair in next season, but is it possible to change calipers & levers - LH lever to the front brake and RH lever to the rear one? What do I need to do this?
Mrs from ChainReactionCycles told me that this brakes are comming with 'bleeder kit' - is that true?

I'm only sad that they aren't avaible in orange version... do you think F2 models are much worse? I'm going to use it mainly 4x/dirt...
  • + 0
 I have a set in my shop and they in the box is a spare set of pads and a bleed kit, so if you buy a front and a rear brake you get 2 spare sets of pads and 2 bleed kits...
  • + 5
 replace every 2 years. My magura gustavs I have had for 5 years and they work as well now as they did when I bought them.
  • + 4
 yeah! I bought my louise FR's second hand and they're flippin excellent.
  • + 2
 ha same, magura is the sickest
  • + 5
 ARe they going to be making these in those mad colours like the bars n stems
  • + 6
 who needs brakes anyways
  • + 1
 fleuris, Si Paton (the guy who wrote that article) always puts that at end of reviews/reviews etc he does...check out www.descent-world.co.uk and you should understand. He doesn't like clip-in pedals basically! lol

The brakes look and sound fine, something simple that just works! Buuuut, I would have to stick with shimano. I've had my Hone brakes for about 4 years now and they are still sweet after a wee bleed here and there, and their new Saint stuff looks very promising too!
  • + 0
 these look like a set of CLARKS hydro brakes i purchased from ebay, these came with 185mm rotors. they may have been cheap but man theyre good. these are identical. i only paid £60 + £5 postage. TIDY
  • + 0
 Maybe they are making them for Clarks too?
  • + 0
 maybe still good budget brakes tho
  • + 1
 Dirtbagscracth you know your shit! Muchasos is the name you were looking for?
  • + 0
 Those are the guys! Cheers Smile
  • + 0
 never tried hfx 9s, heard they suck, but I'm still running a 2000 vintage set of champagne mags on my dh bike. If they could get that quality back I'd buy for cheap.
  • + 0
 or pick up a deore (insert whatever number goes here i forget) hydro witch is better than any (new/old) hayes nine. for cheaper.
  • + 0
 they are dia-tech anchor brakes. Made by a company you can find on E-bay . They also make brakes for Shimano . They are also the same as the halfords bikehut brakes.
  • + 0
 hygia are the company that make them
  • + 1
 Do you think Straitline levers will go on Hygia's?
  • + 1
 Alright enough of the jibber jabber, go ride n have some FUNN!! lol
  • + 0
 white is so hard to stay white, it turns yellowish a bit after a season unless they put good quality clear coating on it.
  • + 0
 Those brakes are mounted on a mountain cycle, I can tell for the drop outs! lol good job Funn!
  • + 1
 wow there mint and cheap
  • + 0
 it'd be sick if they turned their brakes sick colours
  • + 0
 I hope they are better than Hayes, they look sick
  • + 1
 i would role with those.
  • + 0
 2008 Shimano XT hydraulic baby !!
  • + 0
 i don't think this would beat sh, avid or hayes...
  • + 0
 just get Elixir CR's, much better option.
  • + 0
 cool
  • - 1
 thos are prity cool i like them
  • + 0
 r they single piston??
  • - 1
 looks like a hayes 9 modified
  • + 0
 Yes modified improved and better price
  • + 0
 ^^^louis111 must have stocks in FUNN!
  • + 0
 just sell it in my shop with no complaints, over the years have had a bunch of problems with brakes but none with these...so far
  • - 2
 buy a hope set up , they look good , feel good and work good , nuff said
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