Brake Wars: EBC vs. Brembo!

By: Andrew Bernhardt

For most of the past seven decades, Brembo has possessed a totalitarian hold on the title of “best brakes in the world." The frequently lauded company from Bergamo, Italy has also added scores of race victories and many more outposts around the globe, crushing rotor rebellions right and left. No sight of braking beauty quite matches a glorious red Brembo caliper, which sends weak-pistoned competitors cowering away.

Then, there’s EBC brakes—the band of rebels to Brembo’s empire. EBC made its bones in the motorcycle world first. And, oddly enough (or not odd at all), EBC planted its pads and discs into the realm of competitive mountain biking, too, before going automotive almost 25 years ago.

Since then, EBC has been chipping away at Brembo’s expansive territory, doing it all from their humble British beginnings.

What happens when the formerly two-wheeled David takes a swing at the one true Goliath in brakes? Let’s imagine the semi-metallic, cast-metal warfare. (Hmmm…England vs. Italy in an epic battle. Hasn’t this happened before?)

First, EBC sneak attacks Brembo with surprising quality at a price the big boys won’t ever reach. Meanwhile, EBC’s green, red and yellow pads occupy territory where Brembo hasn’t made big gains. Brembo responds with their undefeated drilled rotors vanquishing most of EBC’s disc forces. The death blow comes from Brembo’s big brake kits, which combine the invaluable traits of having unbeatable quality and several rap video appearances.

It looks like Brembo has taken this skirmish by a long shot, but the EBC rebellion lives on. In fact, you’ll still find pockets of EBC brakes?resistance throughout the performance and street braking worlds. As for Brembo, their brakes empire still encircles the globeScience Articles, oppressing inferior parts.

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