Nihilo has been offering replacement stainless steel brake pistons for a few years now and they have become the standard in the industry. Many stock pistons are made from hard plastic and will warp and distort under high heat. Our first generation pistons made from 304 SS have done a great job keeping your front brakes working but in our never ending desire to improve and innovative Nihilo Concepts is now releasing Generation 6 Nickel Boron Coated Pistons these new pistons are head and shoulders above anything else on the market.
We took our popular Generation 1 304 Stainless Steel pistons and applied a new revolutionary coating of Nickel Boron. This special coating is used on military weapons to provide an oil free low friction, hard surface that dissipates heat at unheard of rates.
As you know on a motorcycle the front brakes account 70% of the stopping power and in doing so generate extreme heat. This heat can damage the stock plastic pistons and cause brake failure. Adding a EXO Nickel Boron coating to our stainless steel pistons improves performance by reducing friction allowing them to move smoothly as hydraulic pressure is applied and by rejecting heat which can cause brake fluid to boil and brakes to fail.
We were searching for a coating that would allow our brake pistons to remain functional even under the harshest conditions and found it with EXO Nickel Boron. The inventor and patent holder of Gen 4 Nickel Boron happens to be located right across the street from the Nihilo Concepts headquarters. The inventor of this exciting new coating works with the US military applying Nickel Boron to weapons used in desert warfare, this allows our soldiers to run un lubricated weapons that remain cool and clean even after thousands of rounds have been fired. Never before has this revolutionary technology been used in the power sports industry but Nihilo has found there to be many parts that need a low heat, low friction coating and brake pistons are perfectly adaptable and benefit greatly from this application.
Here is a little bit of the science:
EXO Nickel boron coatings are columnar in growth, resulting in a distinct nodular topography which serves to reduce surface-to-surface contact of two mating/sliding surfaces reducing drag/friction. The nodular structure dissipates heat at greater efficiency due to greater surface area. The combination is advantageous when used in any application that is exposed to heat and friction by greatly reducing the drag and therefore temperature, US application 20090205470-A1, published 2009-08-20. The nodular structure also reduces drag in both aerodynamic and fluids such as when applied to propellers (US application 20090123777-A1, published 2009-05-14), also used with down-hole crude oil pumping equipment, bushings, thrust washers used for a wide verity of automotive and truck transmissions, guide plates for paper handling equipment, and greaseless guns (US patent 6782650. There are many more parts associated with motorcycles that Nickel Boron can benefit and Nihilo Concepts is testing more parts to see if improved performance and durability can be achieved.
Next time you are ready for new brake caliper pistons pick up a set of Nihilo Concepts Gen 2 Coated pistons and feel the difference for yourself.
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