It sounds too good to be true – road disc brakes that are cable-actuated, but with hydraulic power, for an affordable sum. Where’s the catch? Well provided you can look past the fact Juin Tech isn’t an established brand – at least not in the UK where this review is being written – you should be smiling with these R1 anchors.
We received a sample set towards the end of 2015 and have been riding them through the goop of a (very) wet British winter. Roads, bridleways, canal paths, deep muddy puddles – all these conditions and more were thrown at them, along with some aggressive riding, and the R1s haven’t put a foot wrong yet. Their power won’t blow you away, but it’s progressive and ample for most situations.
Setting them up
First things first, we had to prise Juin Tech’s R1 brakes out of their attractive lime-green packaging and fit them onto the bike. For non-mechanics, you’ll be pleased to hear this process is very simple, exactly the same as fitting a set of cable disc brakes.
It can be achieved in less than 30mins and completely avoids the hassle of bleeding hoses, recabling STI levers or similar issues. There is a finger-nut on the calliper body for adjusting the bite point of the brakes – being hydraulic, they’ll automatically realign the pads as they wear, but it’s useful to have this extra manual adjuster if you need it.
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