Formula Announces New CURA X Brake

Jun 20, 2022 at 1:16
by Formula  

Press Release: Formula

CURA X has everything you want to achieve in performance and lightweight at the same time. While the Cura X comes with the same high level of performance as the Cura it has been enhanced with new technologies. With all the tests carried out, together with all the new technologies that could be acquired to meet the needs of all types of riders, from the weekend rider to the world champion rider.

In this new half-collar design, the most prevalent feature visible to the naked eye of this version, is a carbon lever where you can make toolless adjustments without leaving behind the magnificent titanium screws and braided Kevlar hoses that bring the powerful performance of the oil that runs from the lever to the caliper, to achieve maximum grip from the aluminum plate pads. Like the original Cura, the Cura X uses mineral oil, and can either be mounted to the bar alone or with a Shimano or SRAM shifter.


A special manufacturing process made it possible to create titanium hardware on M/C and caliper as well as a lightweight M/C clamp. All these new technologies offer an unmatched global quality.

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It is a fully innovative brake, where the production process has ensured structural quality and absolute reliability with 34g less than the original Cura, bringing the claimed weight down to 325g per brake - including all the mounting hardware, 85cm of hose, and a 160mm rotor.





Pricing & Availability
The Formula Cura X Brake will be available from July, in limited quantities, with more stock due in the following months. Get it in Glossy Black, Polished and Gold colors. Pricing as follows:

BLACK: 255,50 € ($262 USD)
POLISH & GOLD: 261,00 € ($267 USD)


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96 Comments

  • 92 4
 It reads like this press release was translated to English from Engrish.
  • 11 0
 It is fully innovative.
  • 12 0
 My read on that was not Engrish but Deutschlish. Try reading this monster of a run-on sentence with an over the top German accent that replaces "this/the/that" with "zis/ze/zat" and you'll see what I mean.
"In this new half-collar design, the most prevalent feature visible to the naked eye of this version, is a carbon lever where you can make toolless adjustments without leaving behind the magnificent titanium screws and braided Kevlar hoses that bring the powerful performance of the oil that runs from the lever to the caliper, to achieve maximum grip from the aluminum plate pads.
  • 5 0
 it is italian english.
  • 7 0
 @Clod86: You see now why are they so successful with women?

If they can be so passionate and lyric toward common hydraulic thingys, are you even able to comprehend what would they say to your girlfriend?
  • 1 0
 @pakleni: "the most prevalent close to 20 cm ever"
  • 1 0
 "With all the tests carried out, together with all the new technologies that could be acquired to meet the needs of all types of riders, from the weekend rider to the world champion rider.

not a sentence
  • 31 0
 I would be quite happy to ride a bike decked out in full Formula:
- Selva R fork
- Mod rear shock
- Cura brakes
- Linea rims

All in sexy purple please!
  • 12 0
 the ghost riot full party is your dream bike then!!
  • 14 0
 Don't forget cheap hubs from (the completely unrelated) Formula Hubs Inc.
  • 4 1
 That's basically my Forbidden Druid build, minus the rims/hub (went with WR1 and Hydras). I love the Selva R, so supple off the top.
  • 2 0
 I ride both Cura2 and Cura 4 as well as the Selva S and the MOD coil shock, and i'm impressed with all of them!
  • 1 0
 @boozed: haha those things suck! mine has just about 4 engagement points but it won't fail!
  • 1 0
 Ancillotti scarab evo29
  • 21 1
 These were available when I bought a set of standard Cura 2 around 12 months ago.
  • 6 0
 And now you can't buy any Formula brakes anywhere
  • 5 1
 @DC1988: bike24.de has both 2 and 4 piston ones on stock currently. All are even on sale with about 14-25% discount depending on the model.
  • 1 0
 They've been selling the Cura X for more than a year, but they have carbon levers/titanium hardware and are pretty pricy compared to the normal ones, This seems to be a new Cura with aluminium lever and tool free reach, but it has the same name, just to keep you guessing.
  • 1 0
 @pbuser27288:
Seemingly not in the UK...
  • 1 0
 @DC1988:

Geometron bikes uk has stock
  • 1 0
 Yes and no. That was a pre-release Cura-X that didn't have all the same upgrades as the final Cura-X becoming available now with the official release of the Cura-X. This is the first Cura brake that ACTUALLY has a tool free adjust. The other models look like they have a tool free reach adjust but they don't.
  • 11 0
 Formula Cura brakes are the best I’ve ridden in over twenty years of riding. Loads of power, modulation, lever feel and price are all outstanding AND they run on mineral oil.
  • 6 0
 Agreed, by far the best ones. No useless adjustements, a lot of power and pretty nice too. Would swap my 4pistons XT for some Cura2 anytime
  • 2 0
 @Whipperman: Which has useless adjustments?
  • 3 0
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: shimano free stroke screw
  • 3 2
 @gspottickles918: Gee how did I know you were going to say that?
Not Shimano's fault so many people don't understand how it works.
This might help:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0uSTtDWbI8&t=8s
Works perfectly as designed.
Can't blame you though, even the guys on PB that get paid to know this stuff have wriiten that it does nothing in articles
  • 2 5
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: between wandering bite complaints and the free stroke nonsense, people seem to just not understand how to use/maintain shimano brakes. More for me
  • 4 0
 @Tracefunction: så you've got working shimano brakes,lucky you.
  • 1 0
 Yup, agree with you also...
  • 2 0
 @TheOriginalTwoTone: Also Sram brakes. I don't understand the trend of tool free reach adjust : you set it once, if the brake works well no need to be changing it every two minutes. Same for bite point. That's why I love the Cura : set it and forget it. Shimano XT are ok, but the constant need for a bleed get annoying.

Cura aren't perfect, my main complaint would be : no banjo fitting at the caliper (because of the quick connect) which make some awkward brake line routing on some frames.
  • 1 0
 @Tracefunction: Freestroke nonsense- hmm so anything you don't understand is nonsense?
That's no way to go through life son.
  • 12 0
 That was the most underwhelming video I’ve ever watched.
  • 1 0
 Thought the exact same thing lol I mean she didn’t even ride with her finger over both levers. Geez wtf
  • 2 0
 She scared me at 0:21 going over that rock. She got squirrely and almost went down. LOL
  • 1 1
 I actually love the shaky-cam...reminds me of Kranked somehow
  • 6 0
 The 2's are incredibly powerful and hard to tell they are not a 4 piston brake. The only thing I've noticed is on steep prolonged descents (like over 10 minutes) without rest-points, they do start to fade and chirp versus the 4's. As soon as you give them a brief off-the-brakes section, they rebound quickly. I think this could easily be resolved by bumping up rotor size to 203. Honestly, the power versus the Cura 4 is pretty similar, but with the 4 you gain consistent lever feel and more modulation due to the added power.
  • 9 0
 Finally putting a hydraulic QD on mtb brakes. The future is here.
  • 6 0
 They first did it in 2013 or something...been around for ages, but still relatively unknown. Cool feature, but needs a big enough internal routing hole to fit it through
  • 1 1
 Nope mate. They put “Contents Hot” on a coffee cup for idiots, how many idiot's going to f**k his up? It’s going to be a good story.
  • 1 0
 @NZRalphy: we'll enjoy the Darwin awards...
  • 1 0
 @Tambo: no, the diameter of the brake line is no bigger than a normal brake line so will fit through any standard brake line hole. Only thing that was missed is that the Speedlock is an optional ugrade.
  • 1 0
 @Santacruz817: yeah, but the diameter of the connector is significantly larger than the line, so you may not be able to fit that through the internal routing guides/holes.
  • 8 0
 Get some trickstuff pads, Magura 220mm rotors and pair of this brakes and thank me later
  • 3 0
 Is this press release not new? I thought these were on the Formula site when I was looking a week or 2 ago. That said, I'd love a set of these with the 4 piston calipers for maximum bling. (Or 4 and 2, like Magura Trails)
  • 1 0
 Yeah, these were just officially released... Just buy the Cura 4's they are great brakes. You can ugrade the CURA 4's with any of the CURA-X specific features like the kevlar lines for a slightly firmer bite point.
  • 2 0
 I am confused. I'm pretty sure these were all the time available and are nothing new. I remember reading somewhere that they were working on a new/improved version of the 4-piston Cura calipers as well as levers, that were due to be announced earlier this year. Or maybe it was only my wishful thinking. Anyway, I have two sets of 2-piston Cura's and another two sets of 4-piston ones. By far the most reliable brakes I ever had. Fantastic power and modulation too. The only thing that annoys me is the lack of free-stroke adjustment on the Cura4. Their free stroke seem to be higher than on Cura2 and the bite point is a tad softer. And if you are after custom cnc'd levers in various colors and with sealed bearings, check @rgbikecomponents on Instagram.
  • 1 0
 could you run these new lever bodies with the Cura 4s?
  • 1 0
 @shredddr: yes the 2 and 4 have the same master cylinder
  • 2 0
 Yeah, this is just the offical release. The only thing new on these brakes is that they are the first CURA brakes that actually have a tool free reach adjustment. The mechanism looks the same, but the tool-free bit is inside. The tool-free reach adjustment can be upgraded on any cura that doesn't have this by upgrading the lever to the carbon one and the pushrod mechanism. There is a new lever in the pipeline for the CURA4's with more adjustment, but you can upgrade it to any existing CURAA brake. Other than that there was only a small update in the caliper just after the CURA4 was released that provided better andmore consistent roll back. If you want a slightly firmer bite point in the CURA4, you can always upgrade them to the kevlar brake lines from the cura-X.
  • 1 0
 @Santacruz817: Those are some good tips and insights! Cheers for that!
  • 2 0
 Really loved my 2 Pot Cura’s. best lever feel and power. But I always had trouble with noise. Dry, wet didn’t matter. Also tried 3 different pads and 2 types of formula rotors (newer and older style)
Anyone got any ideas?
  • 2 0
 I also had noise issues with Formula monolith rotors and various pads. Last year I moved to Galfer rotors and pads and I had zero problems since then. Even in wet conditions they stay noise-free when you get them warm. The pads are not the cheapest, but you get what you pay for - silence and great performance.
  • 1 0
 Same thing, had the first gen rotors (with round holes) and the new ones : both were really noisy with all brake pads. That's a minor inconvenience though for a brake that works well.
  • 5 0
 Love my Curas if anyone is looking for some confirmation bias.
  • 2 0
 The bleed thing makes sense, I have always wondered why manufacturers never use them for brakes. I wonder if you could buy the threaded fittings like them at the hardware store and replace your caliper bleed bolts with them?
  • 1 0
 been using Formula Selva S fork for a year, and Cura 4 Cura 2 brake setup for over a year. I am pretty confident with them like the prformance of all Formula stuff. Also a big point is serviceability. I bought the cura 4 heavily used, piston rings started to fail, and let oil mist out, fucking up a brake pad, easy fix and cheap parts, I ordered the 4 rings, swapped them out and happy days! Still flawless since then. Sometimes tricky to equally set all 4 pistons to center, but after the initial setup they work as they should. The rear I tried not to bleed for nearly 7 months, and it worked perfectly. Hardly any bubbles were in the system. Defintitely need to be considered if you are after some reliable and powerful brakes. They forks are also top notch..
  • 1 0
 Love my curas! Such a solid performing brake! I've ridden most brakes on the market, and the curas are perhaps the most balanced. Greay power for such a lightweight brake, super reliable, good modulation, quick bite. Great product!
  • 4 0
 $5 more for GOLD? Sign me up
  • 1 0
 Last time i asked in a store if they could get hold of a Cura 4 they had to wait for 19 months... so im still riding my #avid Codes from 2011
  • 1 0
 They are available over her ein Australia - go get some ;-)
  • 1 0
 The article text says these have carbon levers, but the specs list says they're aluminum...
  • 1 0
 It is still rather early where I am but I didn’t figured out what was M/C…
  • 1 0
 I think it's master cylinder
  • 1 0
 POLISH & GOLD: 261,00 € ($267 USD)

What does the Polish version look like?
  • 5 0
 Says "Kurwa zajebiście!" every time you jump
  • 1 0
 @ice29: my Code Rs say “kuuuuuuuurrrrrwa” whenever they’re wet
  • 2 1
 Don't know why they are promoting these as new, I swear they have been available for multiple years.
  • 1 0
 only some small batches of pre-official-release brakes. They are now available in their final version with the newly developed tool free reach adjust.
  • 1 0
 Is that new carbon lever shorter?
  • 1 0
 Released a month ago on BikeRumour.. not bad!
  • 3 1
 Kurva!
  • 1 0
 Or maybe not... pic shows a carbon blade, spec says aluminium.
  • 1 0
 Cura 4's are the best brakes I've ever used faultless
  • 1 2
 Do we need speed lock or is it just scary to ride with brakes cables which are so easy to detach?
  • 2 0
 its not that easy you need a pick, to release the springs, and they are in a channel so they don't come lose on their own
  • 1 0
 I've used it and it works well ... but they are an optional upgrade so they won't automatically come with these brakes.
  • 5 4
 No four piston no care
  • 2 2
 Spot on @mm732 ! Shave off 5 grams here, 10 grams there and reduce stopping power by 50%
  • 1 0
 @amirh1: read up the 2018 Enduro-mtb.com brake review, 20 brakes compared .. the Cura2's pull up better than many of the 4-pot brakes... amongst the best 5 power wise in a field of predominantly 4 pots... worth a read.
  • 1 0
 @Santacruz817: force-to-friction curve aka feel is hard to quantify. brakes that go 0-100 suck. as do brakes with limited surface area and pad mass to act as heatsinks. no thx.
  • 1 0
 Global quality? Ok…..
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