Formula R1 Brakes Pro Review

Pro Reviews

The one failure of the predecessor the Oro Puro was pad wear. Pads did not last that long and they weren’t cheap. The R1 brake pads are much bigger and pad wear is much better as we observed in our test. Having to change pads less often is a big bonus not just in expense but also in useability.

– awesome power
– great modulation
– excellent brake pad longevity
– attractive
– when the lightest is the best performing, then it is the best

– carbon lever and upgraded rotors are options and not part of the price
– the base price of $720 per set will stop most in their tracks
– there is an occasional high-pitched squeal


The lightest brakes are usually full of compromises. They are often flimsy or they don’t stop very well. Such is the realm of the weight weenie and they can usually live with these trade-offs. Thus we are more than pleased to say that this lightest brake is also the best stopper in the XC category. It also looks the best too. That makes it the best cross country brake available.

Value Rating:

4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Overall Rating:

5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers


  • Anonymous says:

    Does image (img_6906) show brake fluid corrosion?

  • Anonymous says:

    It looks like the handlebar is dirty, not corroded.

    In addition to that, the R1s come with alloy backed organic pads, so you did try the organic pad version.

  • Anonymous says:

    I’ve had these brakes on a 29er HT for about a year. At 1st, I was not impressed – particularily with the front stopping power….but then I went from a 160 to a 180 rotor in the front and it made all the difference.

    These are GREAT brakes now. Very light and functional.

  • Anonymous says:

    >>show brake fluid corrosion?

    No, I just checked and that brake is perfectly sealed. That bike was left outside for months and that cable area collected dirt.

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  • Anonymous says:

    I would love to see the actual weights of the Avid brake and Magura with indentical parts.

  • Anonymous says:

    All of the above mentioned is true. It´s a great brake system, but the ones I received both had leaking issues (on the levers) from the start and had to be sent back to Formula for repairs.

  • Anonymous says:

    Francois do these brakes come with mettalic or semi-mettalic pads in stock form ?
    Are the organic pads from Formula an aftermarket option ?

  • Heather says:

    I am having issues with loud noise in the rear and it does not seem like the braking power is that great. I am on a 29r, so I wonder if a 180 disc would help this?

  • ride4life says:

    Awesome brake System. Stock on my 2012 Epic Expert which I bought to race and did in 2012. I have ridden many a mile for nearly 4 years without any maintenance, now I have a squeaking back with some light drag and may need to bleed them a bit. Can anyone give me directions on this bleeding?

  • Vince khaw says:

    Can i u know how to remove Formula R3 Housing?
    different to open, i need full service.
    Mnay Thanks.

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