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Thinking about new brakes and have had 2011 R1's which I quickly replaced with XTR985's due to the very tight pad-rotor clearance which was driving me nuts. Either thinking of Formula R1 Racing's or the new XTR 987's.
The R1's were a massive PITA to set up without rubbing and seemed different from one day to the next. I seemed to get very poor pad life and also found that on long descents in the wet I would lose all power and the lever would pull back to the bars (but that is a whole different issue).
It seems the very small pistons were not the smoothest to retract and often didn't sit exactly square in the calipers and there wasn't a lot anyone could do about it- just live with the rubbing.
So, in 2013 Formula introduced their "Enhanced Caliper Technology" which the reckon increases pad-rotor clearance and should make the operation of the pistons much smoother.
So, do you guys running 2013/14 R1's still get very tight pad-rotor clearance or are they just as reliable and trouble free as Shimano brakes?
How are the new R1 with re-designed master cylinder? Any issues?
How is the pad clearance most importantly? Any thoughts form users much appreciated.
I would like to try new xtr 987 but the all polished silver color keeps me off.
MSC Koncept Carbon Di2 - 6955g
Leichtkraft Team Carbon - 6868g.
My XTR 985's have been faultless but the R1's are a fair bit lighter and better looking as you say Chris. The 987 are barely and lighter than 985 but everyone seems very happy with how they work. XTR aren't pretty or light but they are truly fit and forget.... unlike my experiences with 2011 R1's.
Anyone got experiences with the ECT generation R1's?
Last year's R1 had much improved pad clearance compared to previous years.
This is what I keep hearing as the theory...
No experience with the current gen R1 brakes
... but this is also what I keep hearing as the reality
Is no-one really riding the latest R1's? Maybe the older ones and their quirks have been ebough to convert everyone to XTR
I feel mine are lacking initial power and the lever sometimes feel soft and builds up stiffer as I brake (heating up? I did bleed the system.
FWIW, I'm finding myself interested in reliability, serviceability, low maintenance, and solid braking performance over weight for this particular setup.
DanW wrote:What is not so set and forget on the current R1's Jim vs your XTR? Is the pad-rotor clearance still really tight and is it still really hard to set them up without some rubbing?
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I'm using the new 2014 R1 racing in a XC style build and they are night and day compared with my old set of RX (superb brakes by the way).
Modulation and weight are the capital words to describe them.
It's so difficult to find user info/review about this brakes (and harder to see them on the trails) in a "ocean" of shimano parts that could be interesting to join any experiences with these brakes in this topic
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