Optimum braking force distribution between the front and rear wheels is a crucial factor in short braking distances - and greater safety on the bike as a result. However, both brakes can only provide optimal deceleration values if they interact perfectly with one another.
Pad wear evaluations by Magura show that the rear brake is usually used much more frequently in everyday use. Many cyclists seem afraid of the front wheel locking or skidding, so the front brake sees either little or no use. The inner calm and the routine to use both brakes optimally is often lacking, especially in unexpected dangerous situations, when everything happens so quickly.
However, it's in situations like this that perfect braking is absolutely crucial. The combined braking system (CBS) helps inexperienced riders to use both brakes together, significantly shortening the braking distance.
Combined braking system
Specifically, the combined braking system functions as a brake force distributor between the front and rear brakes. When the rear brake is applied, the CBS also provides a simultaneous and proportional deceleration of the front wheel. The distribution ratio to the front and rear wheels can be individually adjusted at the factory for each usage scenario or bike.
CBS systems have long been proven and established on motorcycles. Magura has combined the technologies of its two business divisions and brought them to the bicycle. The CBS will complement Magura's existing in-house range of ABS components.
However, unlike ABS, it does not require a power source, making it a significant and low-cost addition to motorised and non-motorised bicycles that will provide greater safety and enhanced performance on the road.
For the market launch, Magura first designed the CBS for cargo bikes, particularly for the "Long John" design, meaning two-wheeled cargo bikes on which the load is transported in front of the rider. Magura will present its first design and functioning example at Eurobike 2023. Complete bikes with Magura CBS will be available in 2024.
This article is sponsored by MAGURA.