Thursday, December 12

GAMMA 3D-Printed Mountain Bike Brakes


Souce: Kickstarter

Auckland, New Zealand – Mountain Bikers – and other cyclists – might want to check out a new Kickstarter campaign by Radic Performance of Auckland, New Zealand to fund production of the GAMMA 3D-printed mountain-bike brakes designed for high-performance.

Features of GAMMA 3D mountain-bike brakes:

– Manufactured from lightweight 3D-Printed Aluminum Alloy
– Weighing in at less than 2.1 ounces
– Equipped with four-pistons
– Open design allowing increased airflow, keeping brake temperatures low and reducing brake fade
– Insulated pistons to maintain brake fluid temperatures
– Compatible with Hope V4 brake pads
– Compatible with other manufacturers’ levers

Gamma’s Kickstarter page provides the following (and the complete background can be found by clicking on this sentence).:

Background

GAMMA’s brakes are designed and manufactured in the heart of Middle Earth – New Zealand. Radic Performance is the creation of Taylor Grey and Jake Powell, two kiwi mechanical engineers with a passion for design, engineering, and of course – mountain biking. Our background is in research, development, and manufacturing of automotive components for the Motorsport industry – an industry that is benefiting greatly from all kinds of advances in manufacturing and design tools. We saw a great opportunity to take the most cutting-edge technology and bring it to the world of mountain biking.

Additive manufacturing is a technology that has largely been reserved for small scale prototyping and hi-tech components for the aerospace and medical industries, but the rapid improvements in the technology have allowed for larger-scale production and much lower manufacturing costs. At Radic Performance we want to bring cutting-edge technologies into our design and manufacturing process to create the most high-performance products on the market.

Radic GAMMA fresh out of the 3D printer
Radic GAMMA fresh out of the 3D printer

Development

Brakes are one of the most important components of any MTB rig, giving the control and finesse required to tackle the toughest downhill courses as well as upholding the safety of the rider. We’ve taken everything into account when creating what could be one of the most groundbreaking designs ever to be seen on a bike.

About Author

Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Senior Editor for The BRAKE Report. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.