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September 21, 2011

At the recent Nicolai Hausmesse 2011, there was a particular product that caught our attention. What made it more interesting was that it was not from Nicolai.

We present to you, the BrakeForceOne. Invented by a trials rider named Jakob Lauhoff, he created a maintenance-free, closed-system MTB disc brake that operates without the need of a brake fluid reservoir. In order to reduce the effects of the brake fluid expanding when the brakes start to heat up (especially in a closed system), an oversized piston (with special brake pads) is used.

Interestingly, the BrakeForceOne has a braking feel that is very similar to that of the brakes on a car. This is due to a integrated hydraulic brake booster that is actuated as soon as pads contact the brake surface, which helps to deliver maximum braking power, with half the effort needed (hey, that could just be the solution to reduce arm pump on long decents!).

The Carbon levers of the BrakeForceOne feature the on-the-fly dials to adjust brake lever reach, and brake pad clearance. The rubbered lever blades are also specifically designed for only ‘one-finger’  to be used because (as quoted by Jakob himself in the video below) “we have so much power that nobody needs more than one finger”. He couldn’t have said it any better really.

It is hard to believe that such an innovative piece of engineering was developed by an 18 year old (apparently he has been working on it since he was 13)! Gosh, puts all the other kids around him to shame really.

Tune has also released a limited Kill Hill edition of the BrakeForce one. Weighing in at 198g (without rotor), it is a tad lighter than the 210g of the original BrakeForceOne. I’d say for a company like Tune to collaborate with BrakeForceOne on the Kill Hill edition, Jakob must be doing something right.

Photos courtesy of: BrakeForceOne, Tyler (
Video courtesy of: Singletrack Magazine

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Roger Williams permalink
    October 12, 2011 1:13 am

    Wow this brake is just what we have been waiting for!!!!!!!!! Congratulations to Jacob for such a great invention. I can’t wait until it is on sale down in Oz land!

  2. Jakob Lauhoff permalink
    November 5, 2011 4:48 pm

    thank you Roger

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