Brembo Off-Road and Panigale additions
Brembo has introduced new aftermarket products for 2017 - the XCS (Cross Click System) master cylinder concept and the Off-Road brake caliper, both designed for off-road vehicles, plus their new Stylema brake caliper for the new Panigale V4.
The new XCS equipped master cylinder is said to have all the features of Bembo’s previous MCS road version, allowing the rider to tune braking on the basis of road and weather conditions, and to the rider’s own riding style preferences and vehicle familiarity using 15.5, 16.5 and 17.5 mm lever offsets for “the way you want it, where you want it” modulation for an “absolutely personalised braking experience”.
With XCS regulation, the rider can select one of three configuration settings from the most adjustable, with a slightly longer brake run on 15.5 x 10 mm specification, to the most responsive, where the brake lever response is more intimately connected to the force applied 17.5 x 10 mm specification.
The patent-pending XCS concept includes two coaxial regulation knobs, one dedicated to regulating the lever distance and the other to regulating the lever ratio, which can change by up to 12 percent, in 3 percent increments. The master cylinder also allows for hand guards to be mounted without using handlebar supports.
The master cylinder is paired with a new Off-Road brake caliper suitable for use on the most widely sold Japanese motocross bikes. The body of the new Off-Road brake caliper is made of aluminium and is produced using the latest in foundry techniques. It is subjected to intense anodising treatment, is titanium coloured, and heat dissipation from the caliper has been greatly increased by means of a special opening on the bridge; ease of service has also been improved, by using a more stable pad spring.
The tube studs and drain screw have been rotated towards the tyre to guard against impact; the caliper support is billet aluminium and later anodised for the best combination of resistance and reduced weight.
The Stylema brake caliper for the Ducati Panigale V4 is a lightweight, compact, “carefully sculpted and high performing caliper that has all the technical features and design of a product destined to outshine the rest and to bring its superiority to the next generation of leading-edge bikes,” according to Brembo.
The company says that compared to previous calipers, Stylema has “less volume around the pistons and brake pads, reducing the internal space occupied by brake fluid, to offer a more immediate response. It has also lost weight, down by about -7 percent, reducing external dimensions and the height of the mounting caliper, and consequently, the length of the screws (5 mm shorter).
“The reductions do not affect stiffness, as all key sections have been redefined and the location of the external bridges have changed to allow for a more direct connection to the piston area.
“By increasing airflow around the brake pads, Stylema cools extremely quickly, thanks to an increase in the airflow spaces around the pistons and to an opening that allows air to flow out from the central bridge. The balanced shape stems from the need to eliminate mass, emptying out every unnecessary gram. The air intake, a central feature that joins the superior ribbing through two clean edges, gives the caliper a sharper, more aggressive design.