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    ... and if we just ... Formula "The One"

    Well I put mine and was getting ready for the first ride and then..............It started to rain for two solid days.

    I don't understand all the problems people were reporting about setup, bleeding, and break in.
    I cut the hose down for the back and then bled the 'pump' with an Avid bleed syringe. I put some dot4 in the syringe and screwed it in and pulled on the plunger. up came two big bubbles. I released the plunger and did it again. Up came a couple of small bubbles. I pushed down on the plunger, lightly, until I felt it stop. Then removed the syringe and put the plug in. Wipe down the pump with iso-alcohol and was done. I decided to check the front and got a small bubble out of it and than was it.

    Now the wait. starring at the best looking set of brakes I have ever seen and can't do more than squeeze the lever when I walk by the bike. Speaking of that these brakes have the lightest feeling lever. Even lighter than the Hope's and the Shimano 755's that I have. I really like the short lever blade. You can move the levers in so that you just hook one finger on them. I found out later that after break in one finger is all you need.

    Well time came to see how they act in public. The first few brake checks made a nice Juicy squeal. That was good for some heckling from my fellow riders. Well As I proceeded with the way I break in new breaks I felt the power start to increase and the noise went away. On the trail I did some excessive braking to help with the break in. By the end of the ride the breaks were feeling better than the 755's that I really enjoyed.

    These breaks are great and they aren't even broke in yet. The only place that I could ride was the wide track around where I live, because of the rain. I can't wait to get out on the single track and see how they act.
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    Nice man those breaks are amazing I will get a set when I get tired of the K-24's
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    Nice man those breaks are amazing I will get a set when I get tired of the K-24's
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    Second ride on my Formula The One brakes...

    Damn.. Hands down the best brakes I have ever used. Silent out of the box, a few minutes to set up, straightforward bleed when shortening the rear hose, and best of all, single digit power with great modulation. I have XTR's (965) with 7" rotors and goodridge lines on my previous bike and also have Formula Bianco's on a current bike, have ridden Juicy's also.

    Note, this is on a Santa Cruz BLT2.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coldsteele
    You can move the levers in so that you just hook one finger on them. I found out later that after break in one finger is all you need.
    Yup, one finger is all you need, and you don't need a lot of pressure either. I actually like my lever engagement a bit closer to the bar as it is less fatiguing.

    I had the same experience bleeding my MEGAs, it took all of about 10 min to cut/bleed each line.

    According to Chris @ Formula, the ONEs need a good long downhill run or two to be broken in properly.
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    "The One" ruined me. I had some problems with them early as you may have read. I had some Saint calipers hanging around and decided to build them up during the wait with new XTR levers. I thought about selling "The Ones." I just could not get over the way they feel. I just put them back on tonight because every ride I went on I thought "you know, the Formulas performed better here...and there..." That and I hate having to use two fingers. I'm back on them and not looking back. They are sick. I was hatin' I admit. They ruined me with the performance. They are just that good.
    I am immune to your disdain.

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