Video: How EWS Riders Perfect Their Brake Set-Up

Jun 29, 2018
by Enduro World Series  

The Enduro World Series is all about managing yourself and your bike, and key to that is balancing your set-up across the incredibly varied terrain. Round four of this year's championship sees the racers faced with the steep, natural trails of Petzen and Jamnica, where throughout practice, brakes have been coming under particular pressure. Balancing consistent lever feel and stopping power with colossal heat build-up isn’t easy and there’s a variety of approaches to finding the perfect brake set-up. Some more obvious than others…


40 Comments

  • + 66
 Lmao brakes r 4 pussys
  • - 2
 I think I know their secret to perfect brake set up and I think it has something to do with- when you pull back on the brake lever, the brake pads will start to close in on the rotors. Does anyone think that might be the case?
  • + 22
 Argh, now I need to re-enduro my brake levers too. DAMN YOU EWS!!!
  • + 18
 Coward levers
  • + 1
 Bitchlevers™
  • + 5
 Skid Triggers
  • + 12
 Getting carpel tunnel just looking at Oton's lever angle. :/
  • + 7
 All I learned is, brake position is personal preference. Oh, and let your front brakes begin to engage when it hits the bars, crazy!
  • + 3
 He should have asked them why they run their levers flatter than pretty much any top DH racer would at Val di Sole....
  • + 13
 @bonkywonky: So they can relax their hands and arms more which effectively hangs your hand from the bar, rotating your grip rearwards. Saves energy on the longer runs. This means that you need your brakes higher. DH is short so the can run a more attacking position requiring brakes to be lower.
  • + 12
 Because Yoann did it first and he does enduro
  • + 4
 I found that the longer the frame, the higher up the brake levers go. Opposite for smaller bikes too. My dj bike has a lever that's near straight down. Maybe their bikes are too long for them lol too much long low and slack hype and people are riding the right size bike anymore. Can't wait to see the new short, high and steep geo. So new age
  • + 1
 @clarky78: I ride like Damien,very flat levers. I just push the handlebars rather than clamp my hands in it. Maybe is a moto thing,cos you need some precision in your fingers to manipulate clutch and front brake. It´s rare i suffer pump arm from braking,chatter is my big problem. Size of the hands is something to mention.
  • + 8
 It looks like Ines Thoma is wearing a new full face "enduro" helmet from Troy Lee.
  • + 4
 this videos are amazing, but the intro is soooo long. EWS, please make a shorter intro.. save the long one for the race highlits/recap
  • + 1
 For the first time in years, I'm running the same brakes front and rear but I'll always run them differently. I operate the rear brake with my index finger and the front brake with my middle finger. So I run the front brake lever lower and further away so that it doesn't squeeze my index finger. I run the rear brake higher and as close to the bars as possible. But I'm still getting full power before they hit the bars.
  • + 6
 Dude, what? I wonder if another person ever has operated F/R brakes with different fingers. Now thats nutty
  • + 1
 @pargolf8: I used to rely on the front brake for pretty much everything, which stems from the days that I upgraded my front brake to a disc brake but my frame wouldn't accept one in the rear so I stuck with (a pretty useless) V-brake in the rear for my first five year of riding. And I soon started to brake with the middle finger. I think I got the clue from Steve Jones (Dirt magazine UK) and I liked it. It gives me a wider grip (between index finger and pinky instead of between middle finger and pinky). But more recently I started to work on my manuals and was taught to keep a finger on the rear brake to slam it to avoid looping out. But I had trouble gripping the bars tight enough hanging off those fingers while simultaneously keep the brake lever close to the bite point. Because as said, I need to have that bite point quite far away for middle finger braking to not squeeze the index finger. So for the rear brake, I started to learn braking with the index finger, bite point close to the bars. I still need to learn using that brake, neglecting it for so long. But yeah, that's how it comes. Front brake with the middle finger because that's what I like most. But rear brake with the index finger because there are instances I can't use that middle finger properly there.
  • + 1
 Same here. Dislocated my left index finger almost a decade ago so I started using my left middle finger to brake. Until now, my index finger does not have the same strength as my right index finger so I still slow down with the middle finger. And yes... My friends think I am odd too.
  • + 1
 @vinay: interesting. Maybe ill give it a whirl. Think ill start with my back brake though haha
  • + 2
 Huh. That's interesting I always run my rear brake slightly closer to the bar. I think it helps me drag my rear brake a little less
  • + 1
 More interesting for me would have been the tire choice. Mixed/wet conditions and I still see dry condition tires like the minion dhr2 and minion dhf.
  • + 3
 is a lot of people running 4 pistons caliper on Enduro/trail bikes ?
  • + 2
 All the new enduro bikes should come with nothing less than 4 piston brakes (Codes/Saints). Zees are on sale at JensonUSA for $119 per wheel and come with the metal finned pads... well worth the $$.
  • + 2
 anyone notice @ 2:10 in..........look over Matt Stuttard's right shoulder.......
  • + 1
 Nature call!
  • + 2
 think that was shot at the wrong frame rate....
  • + 2
 Pro tip- never touch your brakes, never!
  • + 1
 I always set up my front brake lever to bite further out than the rear one...
  • + 1
 mt5 lever and mt7 calipers.. funky sh*t... well... I have zee lever and MT5 calipers. Im weirder ahahahaha
  • + 1
 What oil are you using? Unlike DOT, mineral oil isn't standardized and they are indeed very different. I think Shimano actually says Magura Royal Blood damages their brakes. Royal Blood actually does have a much lower boiling point than Tektro/TRP and Shimano. Not sure about Formula, they're a bit newer with mineral oil.

As for the MT5/7 mix, should work just fine. I'm just surprised. I thought the entire Specialized gravity crew was on a Magura development program where they were optimizing their brakes for these sponsored riders. Or was it only for the DH team, not enduro?
  • + 1
 @vinay: I also use xt levers and mt5 calipers. Magura oil though. I think Shimano oil would work just fine as well.
Also I have no issues with my brakes even though the manufacturers are mixed. If you want to mix and match just make sure you keep the brake hose and the insertpin of the caliper manufacturer, the olive is shimano in my case.
  • + 1
 @XIVXV: I just looked it up, this was the article I based my statement on:

www.epicbleedsolutions.com/blog/dot-brake-fluid-vs-mineral-oil

Somewhere in the article I quote Nick Murdick, Lead Multi Service Technician - Shimano:
"
Magura fluid will destroy Shimano brakes in a very short amount of time.
"

That said, yes I've ridden with Magura Royal Blood filled Shimano brakes (2004 XT master, 2004 Saint caliper which was basically a tiny XT caliper too back then). They didn't give me any issues but I've only used these until late 2006. I may still have it kicking around somewhere unless it has been devoured by the Blood inside. Gives me the creeps just thinking of it.
  • + 1
 @XIVXV: i have same setup (magura hose and fittings on magura caliper and shimano olive), I think i kept magura oils and did a level bleed with simano oil hahaha. It just works..
  • + 1
 @vinay: Shiguras yeah?
Onebanana off here rides them and they seem to work for him.
  • + 1
 Wonder if avid/ sram calipers work better with hope levers as have some older ones?
  • + 2
 Lever angles?
  • + 1
 This although some racers might have them angled downwards at a steeper angle for DH, I tend to now angle them flatter more so to the bars to prevent nasty wrist, hand pump feeling.

Has noticeable improvement for me Smile
  • + 1
 I'm still trying to balance my wheels....
  • + 1
 Look's like GT's moving every bike towards four bar.

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