Brake Splitter: Traditional vs. Outbraker Splitter & Booster System

Although it is common to find a bicycle with two brake levers, one for the rear brake and one for the front brake, there are cyclists with special requirements who need adapted components. Currently, there are 2 main solutions on the market that act as brake spacers for those cyclists who need or want to operate both brakes with a single lever. Here, we are going to tell you about them!

TRADITIONAL BRAKE SPLITTER SYSTEM (V-BRAKE / HYDRAULIC BRAKES)

For those cyclists who have a bike with V-Brakes, this is a solution to take into account for them. This is the traditional brake separator system, a piece with one cable inlet and two cable outlets that has the purpose of joining the two brake hoses (front-rear). However, for some time now the vast majority of bicycles have been equipped with hydraulic brakes to improve braking efficiency.

brake splitter

In this case, there are also braking dividers. However, when operating both brakes with a single lever (circuit separated by the part), the lever feel is much looser and more maintenance of the braking system is required, i.e. frequent bleeding of the brakes.

On the positive side, it is a really inexpensive part, affordable for all budgets. Another advantage is that it can be mounted quickly and easily on the vast majority of bikes with brake cables.

traditional brake splitter

A OUTBRAKER BRAKE BOOSTER & SPLITTER (HYDRAULIC BRAKES)

However, there is a little known but highly technological option for bikes with hydraulic brakes that offers you an excellent braking experience and safety. The Outbraker Brake Splitter & Booster is an innovative device for hydraulic bicycle brakes, designed for people with special needs and reduced mobility. It also allows both brakes to be operated with a single lever, providing optimal braking.

The first advantage over the traditional system is its Booster function, which maintains the initial lever feel by adjusting its dial. This means fewer trips to the shop to bleed the brakes.

Outbraker Brake Splitter

On the other hand, the Outbraker Brake Splitter efficiently distributes braking and increases braking power, which translates into greater safety. It is a device widely recommended in Paralympic cycling, used by high-performance Olympic para-cyclists such as Kini Karrasco, Álex Palomero or Marta Francés. Among its advantages, we can highlight its compatibility with all hydraulic brakes on the market (some brands require an adapter) and the aforementioned Booster function it incorporates. In addition, it weighs only 25 g and has dimensions of 29.8 x 29.9 x 21.5 mm and can be installed on both road and MTB bikes.

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