Testing Matrix Brakes Rotors | Initial Case Studies
Read our initial case studies to learn more about the performance of our brakes! Since 2007 our customer growth has proven that the brakes hold true to our bragging, but sometimes statistics and studies are worth their weight too.
Dot Compliance Test
Check out these test results as Matrix Brakes blows DOT standards out of the water!
DOT COMPLIANCE TEST
Matrix Brakes have been tested in accordance with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard test FMVSS122 Oct.2, 2007, and with approved friction materials, Matrix Brakes meet and exceed all federal stopping distance requirements.
1st Effectiveness Test (Break in Period)
- 30mph - 46.7’ 61% better than DOT standard
- 60mph - 162.2’ 66% better than DOT standard
Final Effectiveness Test (Extended Use)
- 30mph - 45.2’ 53% better than DOT standard
- 60mph - 188.9’ 51% better than DOT standard
- 80mph - 328.6’ 52% better than DOT standard
- 115mph - 936.5’ 34% better than DOT standard
- Test Results: MATRIX BRAKES smash DOT standards across the board!
California Street Test
We had our brakes tested by an expert in the industry and the results proved the claims.
CALIFORNIA STREET TEST
Paul Kittral of Lyndall Racing Brakes working out of Santa Ana, California took our products to the greasy streets of El Paso on the windiest day of the year. Real world testing on crappy roads in dusty conditions, where proof of performance claims would be in the stopping. Testing included doing six runs at 30 mph and seven or eight at 50 mph for each set up, stock versus metal matrix composite with Lyndall Racing measuring all the stopping distances.
There were three front end tucks which resulted in the bars turning left and quick aborts on the run. The brakes were on to the point of locking both the front and rear each time. You could definitely smell the rubber. Taking the best three stops for the stock set up and for the metal matrix composite set up.
The results were pretty impressive, almost a 20% reduction in stopping distance at both 30 mph and 50 mph. That translates to an 18 foot shorter stopping distance at 50 mph, one full car length. This was due simply to the material of rotors and pads, they worked as advertised: light weight with improved friction. There were no noises or any other problems with the units.
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Matrix Brakes Sportster Test
Making sure our rotors can handle the job, we get on a bike and conduct on-bike testing of our own.
At our factory test track, we conduct repeated panic stops at different speeds to test new rotors’ performance and durability. Test stops are conducted back-to-back as fast as the bike can speed up and stop using only the single front rotor. While we test our rotors at an independent certified test lab (which passed DOT compliance), we prefer on-bike testing because that is the method and standard required by Canada, European Union countries, and Japan, and we can test a new rotor immediately without having to wait two to three weeks to schedule a dynamometer test. Surprisingly, the U.S. Department of Transportation does not require that brake rotors be tested before they are sold in the aftermarket.
Our Sportster has only a left front brake!
We do all our testing using only the front brake. In less than 15 minutes, we ruined the stock stainless steel brake rotors doing 80 to 0 mph stops. We did this in order to have an OEM benchmark to which we could compare our Matrix Brakes. The stock rotor warped and became so hot that we melted the caliper seals. Where the stock rotor failed, the Matrix Brakes rotor kept going.
Another pleasant surprise was that our single front rotor is stopping our Sportster in half the distance that the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration requires for stops using both front and rear brakes together.