Prototype Fly Brakes

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I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to new product designs. I love when people think outside of the box to improve an existing product. I also love brakes, so when you combine them with forward thinking design you have my attention. Of all the products I’ve seen from interbike over the past couple days I have to say that this new brake design from Fly is the one I’m most disappointed I wasn’t there to get my hands on. Though U-brakes have been refined over the years they still operate the same basic way. Coiled springs at the pivot point are used to create tension that holds the brakes open until you squeeze a lever. I’ve seen a handful of other ways of doing the same job but that has been by far the most popular and probably best way of going about it. Fly’s new design takes a completely different path and rather than using coiled springs at the pivot point they use a spring loaded wire located where traditionally a straddle cable would be. Going that route for the spring tension also appears to have allowed them to create a brake with a lower profile. Definitely intriguing and something I’d like to check out. The inovation doesn’t stop there though. They have also created a new way for the brake pads to attach to the brake arms. The pads actually slide onto the the arms rather than being bolted onto them. While I’m all for inovation, taking something as standardized as brake pads and making it a proprietary component does worry me. Say you’re on a road trip and your pads wear out or somehow one falls off (don’t laugh cause I’ve seen it happen). Something that could be a minor inconvenience easily solved with a trip to any shop or someone’s parts bin now becomes a major hassle. The likelihood of finding a replacement is pretty much slim to none unless there happens to be a shop that is well stocked with bmx components where you are. More than likely the senario is that you’ll have to order replacements when you get home. Having some sort of catastrophic failure of a pad is pretty unlikely, but something that does jump out to me when looking at this new design. Even so I’m definitely interested in seeing the final product and checking them out myself. Pics via The Union

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