MOZA HBP Handbrake Review

by Ismael
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MOZA HBP HANDBRAKE

Have you ever felt like something's missing in your sim racing setup? Wondered what you could buy to enhance your gaming experience? Are you one of the drift enthusiasts? Do you enjoy rally racing?

If you want an answer to those questions, you need a handbrake—a small but powerful accessory that can take your gaming experience and skills to the next level. You didn't know you needed it until you tried it.

That's why, thanks to the kindness and trust of MOZA Racing, they sent us this MOZA HBP Handbrake. We had the chance to try it out and conduct our review.

PACKAGING


When the product arrived, the first things we found were the handbrake itself and the table clamp, which is optional in case you don't have a cockpit.

packaging moza hbp handbrake

Once the box is opened, all the product components are neatly protected with foam padding, and the assembly instructions are provided in English and Chinese. The handbrake comes packaged in two separate parts for subsequent assembly.

interior packaging moza hbp handbrake

The handbrake consists of the following components:

  • Base of the handbrake, where the electronics are located and the holes for securing it.
  • Lever of the handbrake, fully adjustable in height and angle.
  • Cable for direct connection to PC (Type A USB to Type B USB).
  • Cable for direct connection to the base (RJ-11).
  • Bolsa con herramientas y útiles necesarios para su montaje, su contenido es:
    • Destornillador Philips.
    • Destornillador Plano.
    • 1 muelle azul (de mayor dureza).
    • 2 Tornillos Allen (para fijación del freno al anclaje a mesa).
    • 2 Tornillos hexagonales (para montar la palanca a la base).
    • 4 arandelas planas.
    • 2 arandelas de muelle.
    • 2 tuercas ciegas.
    • 3 llaves Allen de distintas medidas.
    • 2 llaves planas.
    • 1 damper (elastómero de goma).
    • 2 espaciadores de damper.

componentes del producto

HANDBRAKE BASE


This handbrake impressed me out of the box because, compared to other handbrakes on the market, this one has a rather premium finish, it's more compact, and boasts an aggressive style. The base body is made of aerospace-grade aluminum with an anodized finish, which provides substantial rigidity during use.

In the base, you'll find the product's electronics, where the most important component is the sensor it uses to detect the inputs. The sensor in question is a high-precision 16-bit angle sensor, meaning it has a range of up to 65,000 positions. The sensor is non-contact type, so it will have a very long lifespan and will require minimal maintenance.

sensor del freno de mano

Fuente de la imagen: mozaracing.com

HANDBRAKE LEVER


The hand brake lever must be mounted on the base and can be positioned both vertically and horizontally, also being adjustable in length. Like the base, the lever is made of aerospace-grade aluminum with the same anodized finish. At the end of the lever is the handle, made of the same material as the rest of the handbrake. This handle can be replaced with a custom one as long as it has the same thread.

ADJUSTABILITY


There are different ways to mount the hand brake lever as mentioned earlier, but you can also adjust the stiffness and travel.

That resistance you feel when pulling the handbrake is provided by a yellow-colored spring that comes as default with the handbrake. This resistance can be exchanged for various options offered by MOZA. There's a slightly stiffer blue spring than the default one or a black elastomer that provides much more rigidity.

The handbrake's travel can also be adjusted, allowing for adjustment of the final stop in 2 positions for either a long or short travel.

muelles intercambiables

CONNECTIONS AND COMPATIBILITY


At the base of the product, there are two connection ports available for connecting our handbrake. There's a USB port and an RJ-11.

The USB port allows direct connection of the handbrake to the PC, making the brake an independent device usable with products from other brands like Fanatec, Thrustmaster, Logitech, etc.

The RJ-11 port allows direct connection of the handbrake to the base of your wheel, and it will be controlled from there. This saves you a USB port on your PC, but note that it can only be connected via RJ-11 to compatible MOZA bases that have the port. In my case, my MOZA R5 doesn't have a connection for a handbrake, so I'll use it via USB.

Conexiones de la base

ASSEMBLY


The assembly of this handbrake is quite simple. At the bottom of the base, there are enough holes to be able to attach it to most cockpits.

In my case, I mounted it using the table clamp that came with the handbrake, and it was as simple as using 2 Allen screws that came in the bag. This was enough for its fixation, providing a sense of rigidity.

SOFTWARE AND SETUP


Once assembled and secured, when you connect the handbrake to the PC for the first time, a notification will appear indicating that the device is being set up. After a few seconds, the operating system should have detected and configured our device correctly. Upon opening the MOZA Pit House application, our handbrake should be detected, allowing us to configure it according to our preferences.

sección del freno de mano

The handbrake can be configured in 2 modes: axis or button.

The AXIS mode allows for an analog travel, enabling control over the intensity with which you want to lock the wheels in the game. By default, the handbrake's travel is linear, but you can adjust the curve that determines how your handbrake operates.

MODO EJE

The BUTTON mode allows you to set the handbrake to function as a button. You can configure the point of travel at which the button is activated. In the game, once the handbrake reaches a certain travel point, the wheels will lock at 100% since it's not an analog travel.

MODO BOTÓN

In addition to those two modes, there will be a calibration button to ensure the proper functioning of the device.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS


The initial impressions with the handbrake were while using it in Assetto Corsa for drifting. With the default settings, using the yellow spring, and without changing the travel stop. The initial feeling is quite good, providing a linear sensation with slight resistance towards the end. There's no need to fear releasing the brake abruptly as it returns to its position with some cushioning. With the necessary adjustments in MOZA Pit House, the drifting sensation and ease of locking the wheels improve significantly. After spending a lot of time driving with the default handbrake, my sensations were exclusively positive.

If you don't quite get used to the default settings, you can still adjust up to 3 more components (change spring/elastomer, adjust travel stop, length and position of the lever), which is a very positive point for this handbrake.

CONCLUSION


The MOZA HBP handbrake has entered the racing simulation market as a highly competitive and top-quality option. Its construction with superior materials and premium finishes provides a strong sense of solidity. This handbrake stands out for its adjustability, allowing users to tailor it to their driving preferences, and it also excels in the easy configuration via MOZA's Pit House App. While its mechanism is simple, it has been cleverly designed to provide realistic resistance that can be fully adjusted using springs or an elastomer.

DO WE RECOMMEND IT?


The MOZA HBP Handbrake is an affordable, quality option for racing simulation enthusiasts. It's a great accessory to complement your MOZA ecosystem setup, particularly for those interested in drifting or rally experiences.

WHERE TO BUY

You can purchase this MOZA HBP Handbrake by clicking here.

And its optional table clamp by clicking here.

If you want to know something about this product or have any observations, let us know.

*The links contain affiliate links, for which we receive a small commission for sales. The price for you will be the same.


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