Mountain bike brake app will make you faster

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This is the BrakeAce front sensor, which harvests data, as you brake (Photo: BrakeAce)
This is the BrakeAce front sensor, which harvests data, as you brake (Photo: BrakeAce)
  • Telemetry breakthrough with new mountain bike brake technology
  • The BrakeAce system collects and analyses data about your braking, and shows you where to do it better
  • Learning correct brake technique, is one of the most difficult things in mountain biking

Want to get faster without getting fitter? New Zealand’s latest mountain bike innovation has the solution.

Most mountain bikers brake way too much when descending. Dragging brakes, or keeping the levers lightly pressured, is one of the starkest differences between amateurs and professional riders.

The idea is to only brake when necessary, thereby increasing your descending speed, being smoother and safer. Yes. Safer. When you brake incorrectly, your bike becomes unstable.

Corners are a good example: you want to lean the bike, but the moment to grab a handful of brake, its natural dynamic is to stand upright in a corner.

On most bikes, you'll need to run 180mm rotors, for the system to work (Photo: BrakeAce)

Showing riders how the use the brakes

Matt Millar’s BrakeAce system includes an advanced sensor and algorithm powered app, to help you learn that less braking, is better.

The wireless brake sensors mount on your front and rear callipers. They are designed to be compatible with all brake brands and the only requirement, is that your increase your brake rotor size by 20mm, from the minimum your frame or fork is certified for.

A majority of mountain bikes run 160mm minimum size rotors front and rear, so that would require an upgrade to 180mm rotors.

How does the BrakeAce system work? The wireless sensors collect data on the duration, modulation and intensity of your braking. Extensive R&D work has enabled Millar to code an algorithm and app that can give riders usable insights, into their braking technique – or lack, thereof.

The app crunches data and tells you how to improve. Most riders use the rear brake, way too much (Photo: BrakeAce)

Teaching you, better braking skill

The BrakeAce will give you a flow score, on a specific section of trail. It will also show you three key segments where you can improve, by braking less, or using the braking in more appropriate sections.

Not only can BrakeAce help riders become more confident descenders, with its independent digital coaching, it also has the potential to be a great comparative tool.

Coachers or faster riders can overlay their data with that of mountain bikers seeking to improve their braking. BrakeAce can show the difference in braking points and intensity, on a similar trail, giving riders who wish to learn an accurate insight to where they need to let go of the levers.

As with all early adoption technologies, the BrakeAce system isn’t cheap, at R12 000. Millar has started a Kickstarter campaign, with the hope to deliver his first customer orders, by early 2022.

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