4LS Front Brake After 12 months of testing, development and production preparation, Works Racing is very pleased to announce the introduction of an all new product; the 4 leading shoe double-sided magnesium front brake used by Norton for the production Manx race bikes for 1962 – the last year of Manx production. This is the ultimate in Manx Norton stopping equipment and gives the user more brake than he or she will ever need, be they on a racing Norton or a big bore café racer. We built a prototype batch of brakes last winter and these were tested on many different circuits by two of the country’s top racers; Glen English and Steve Jordan. Both riders said exactly the same thing after initial tests:
The brake has more power and more feel than any drum brake they have ever used.

This is no surprise. The design of the hub has been subtly altered to maintain its geometry under extreme conditions. In other words it stays round when it gets hot. Most importantly, the cast iron liners are not pegged in position using grub screws, as this method of liner retention has caused many older hubs to crack. The Works hub features a totally different method of liner retention not used on other Norton brakes.

The geometry of the brake plates and shoes have also been carefully calculated rather than blindly copied. The brake features magnesium shoes as standard and the extra wide linings provide almost 70 square inches of braking area, 75% more than the 8 inch single sided brake used on the Manx until 1961.

All parts are manufactured in house to ensure the highest quality. The brakes are also built in house where each brake plate assembly is fitted with shims under the shoes, then turned to the precise size of its mating liner bore so that no bedding-in is required.

The price of the brake assembly is £2750 + tax and carriage. Hubs can be supplied bare or built into a rim of the customer’s choice. Please contact us soon to discuss your requirements.