Interbike 2015: OutBraker brake regulator

Good engineering but flawed concept

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Each OutBraker is $150 for one brake.

Each OutBraker is $150 for one brake (click to enlarge).

Interbike is always a fun event for the wild, the wacky and the WTF and there was no shortage of these at this year’s event. One booth that garnered a lot of attention was the OutBraker booth from a Korean aftermarket company.

What they came up with is a hydraulic pressure regulator capable of limiting the maximum power of the the front or rear brake. The rider can set the the maximum desired hydraulic pressure delivered from the brake lever with an add-on to the hydraulic line. No matter how hard the brake lever is squeezed, the system will limit the pressure delivered to the caliper. The setting is adjustable, thus the rider can set the max level based on trail conditions or rider experience.

The intent is so the rider will not go over the handlebars when used in front or skid when used in the back.

Adjusting the max power of the brake is performed with a proprietary wrench.

Adjusting the max power of the brake is performed with a proprietary wrench (click to enlarge).

The system does what it’s designed to do as demonstrated by pressure guages measured before and after the OutBraker device. The light, $150 device allows the rider to set the max braking force of each brake. So for $300, the rider does not have to master the skill required to modulate brakes.

We asked the crew at OutBraker why they created this device. They explained that beginners have difficulty modulating brakes and they have a tendency to go over the bars or skid.

Continue to page 2 to learn more about the OutBraker and to view a full photo gallery »

About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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