Interbike 2015: OutBraker brake regulator

Good engineering but flawed concept

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These two gauges show the output pressure maxed out a the preset level no matter how hard the user squeezes the brake lever.

These two gauges show the output pressure maxed out a the preset level no matter how hard the user squeezes the brake lever (click to enlarge).

Digging deeper, this seems like a flawed concept. First, braking is a learned skill. If a rider grabs too much brake and goes over the bars, the rider learns to modulate the brake next time. It’s like touching fire and getting burned. The person won’t do it again.

The second more critical issue is maximum braking power is dependent on traction conditions and body position. The better the traction the more braking power is preferred. And preventing an endo or skidding has a lot to do with body position of the rider. Thus pre-setting the maximum power of the brake has little to do with the desired result. Rather, learning modulation, traction conditions and body position are key.

OutBraker avoids the dreaded endo without having to learn modulation?

OutBraker avoids the dreaded endo without having to learn modulation? (click to enlarge)

Finally, if less braking power is desired, smaller rotors and lower cost brakes is the better option. Limiting the power of an amazing brake is not the solution. In fact, it can be dangerous as the OutBraker does not limit it proportionally but just sets a maximum limit. Does when the rider grabs squeezes harder in a dangerous descending situation or in wet conditions, no more braking power will be made available.

Specifications
  • Material: Aluminum, SUS
  • Weight: 39g
  • Dimensions: 60x15x24mm
  • Oil Pressure Adjustment Range: 0-100%
  • Color: Black, Titanum, Silver, Blue, Wine Red
  • Type: 3 (Banjo Pitch M8x0.75 / M8x1.0 / M9x1.25)
  • Price: $150 each

For more information visit www.outbraker.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2015 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.


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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