Product Review: Speedycom thumb brake

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Speedycom thumb brake, £424.99

Tester: Michael Neeves

Time used: Three months

What’s good? Lots of top racers are using their back brake now more than ever. They’re controlling wheelies with it and use it to squat the rear of the bike before hard braking with the front. It also helps them to drag the bike tighter into the corner mid-turn. Using the footbrake is ok, but you can’t reach it in right-handers, so this Speedycom adjustable thumb brake, fitted to my 2015 BMW S1000RR race bike, is perfect. It’s nicely produced in black anodised aluminium and has survived a huge crash already. It works so well, especially in the wet, that I keep going for an imaginary thumb brake when I ride different bikes.

What’s not? It’s hard to muster the brainpower to use it at first, especially if you never normally use the rear brake. Going for a lever on the hand you normally reserve for using the clutch is a bit like patting your head and rubbing your stomach at the same time, but you soon get used to it.


Quality rating: 5/5

Value rating: 4/5

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Michael Neeves

By Michael Neeves

MCN Chief Road Tester, club racer, airmiles millionaire.