MOZA HBP Handbrake Review

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MOZA Racing has released its first sim racing handbrake, and we have been racing with it for a little while. In this sim racing review, we put the MOZA handbrake through its paces and see if it's worth considering in 2024.

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Our Verdict

8.9 / 10

Product Design

91

91
Gameplay

84

84
Value For Money

94

94
Compatibility
PC

Pros

  • Lovely design
  • Good materials used
  • A lot of adjustability
  • Good bottom mounting options

Cons

  • No side mounting
  • Would be nice to have alternate handle designs
  • No real progression
  • Slightly linear input
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What is the MOZA HBP Handbrake?

The MOZA HBP Handbrake is the first real additional sim racing peripheral from MOZA Racing. The company has spent the past year or two creating racing wheel after racing wheel along with a range of pedal sets. But this handbrake is a big step towards creating a full lineup of sim racing products and peripherals. All we really need now is an external shifter!

But today, I’m going to be reviewing this new handbrake. I’ll check out how well it has been designed, how sturdy and well-built it is and look at the overall performance to see if it is worth picking up.

I’ll touch on the upgrades and the design tweaks in a minute, but first I just want to disclose that this product has been sent to me for review by the folks over at MOZA Racing. This in no way impacts the outcome of this review.


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Price

So before I look at any design or performance, I’ll touch on the price, and this is a bit of good news as this sim racing handbrake is very competitively priced.

The MOZA HBP handbrake costs under £/$100 at just $99, £95 and €109.

In comparison with other sim racing handbrakes, most cost over the £/$100 mark with a few exceptions. But I was pleasantly surprised when I was told the price, as I think it makes this handbrake very accessible. Which is something that MOZA Racing are really focusing on, especially with their recent string of products such as the low-cost R5 wheel base.


The Design of the MOZA HBP Handbrake

So jumping into the design. Straight away this handbrake looks very impressive out of the box. The design is very angular and quite aggressive, whilst also looking rather premium and a little understated.

MOZA Handbrake Base

I have to say I quite like the look of the handbrake, as it is much edgier than others on the market. MOZA hasn’t just opted for a rectangular black box, and straight shaft, they have put some thought into making this thing look nice.

This is a vertical handbrake by design, but you can mount the handle horizontally giving you a couple of options. There is a fair bit of adjustment in the handle position. You can mount it horizontally or vertically as I mentioned, but you can also completely adjust the angle at which you mount the handle.

I initially mounted the handle straight up, but once I got it mounted to my sim rig, I noticed I kept hitting the back of my arm on my seat bolster. So out came the spanners and I adjusted the handle to be angled forward by around 10 degrees, and this made it much more comfortable to use.

Having this wide range of adjustability is really nice to have.

Materials used

The materials are high quality, with the majority of the handbrake constructed from black powder-coated aluminium.

The main base of the handbrake, along with the shaft and even the handle are all using an aluminium construction, making this handbrake both look and feel rather premium.

MOZA HBP Handbrake Unboxing

There is a bit of plastic on the side which houses the connection ports, but this has been cleverly blended into the metal base thanks to its black colour and angular design. Unless you get very close and start touching parts, you wouldn’t know this segment is plastic.

One thing I do have to note though which I personally didn’t like too much, was that I would have actually preferred the handle to be finished in a softer material. Either rubber or foam.

The reason for this is that I wear a ring on my left hand, and when I’m sim racing without gloves, this scratches on the handle. I have to be very conscious to hold the handle a little looser to avoid this happening. In the heat of a rally cross race or when quickly grabbing the handbrake to initiate a quick drift isn’t always at the forefront of my mind.

Maybe MOZA will consider this and release a few handle accessories. The handle itself screws on and off so you can quite easily swap it out if needed.


Mounting

I was pretty happy with the mounting options with this handbrake. There are six holes on the underside which are pre-drilled to fit with most sim rigs. I have used just the two centre-aligned holes with my Trak Racer TR8 Pro rig, and they align perfectly with the handbrake mount.

MOZA Handbrake Mounting

There aren’t any side mounting options though, despite it looking like there are a couple of pre-drilled holes. So you will have to go with an underside mounting solution. There is a desk clamp sold separately for those without a sim rig.


Adjustability

The adjustability of this sim racing handbrake is pretty good. There are different ways that you can mount the handbrake shaft which I’ve mentioned, but you can also adjust the stiffness of the handbrake as well.

Inside the box, you get a second spring included, along with another elastomer. If you find the yellow spring that is pre-mounted to the handbrake a little light, and would like some added resistance, you can remove the yellow spring and install the blue spring.

MOZA Handbrake Spring stiffness

This will adjust the resistance every time you pull on the handbrake. Personally, I quite like the weight and resistance of the handbrake in its stock layout, but it is relatively easy to pull, so I can imagine some sim racers would certainly opt for the stiffer resistance.

To actually change the spring, there is a little deconstruction required, as you need to disassemble part of the shifter to reach the internal mechanism before reassembling it all. But there is a tonne of tools included, so you won’t have to go rummaging through your DIY draw for a specific-sized Allen key.

As with most MOZA products, you can make some adjustments in the included Pit House software. With the handbrake, this is limited to adjusting the output curve. But this can be important when really fine-tuning the handbrake to your own requirements.


MOZA Handbrake Performance

So now let’s jump into the real meat and potatoes of any sim racing review, and see how this MOZA Handbrake performs.

MOZA Handbrake Gameplay

Initial impressions are certainly good. There is very little play side to side, which echoes the good build quality of this handbrake.

And the handbrake is well-dampened at both ends. When you pull the handbrake to 100%, there is a rubber stopper which dampens any noise and allows you to give this handbrake a bit of abuse.

As you release the handbrake, there is also a good amount of damping as the handbrake returns to its original position. Now you probably shouldn’t simply let go of the handbrake, but if you get a little over-excited and do so it’s not the end of the world.

MOZA Handbrake Performance

You can see in this clip, that during use one of the bolts did actually come loose and the top part of the handbrake started to wobble a bit. I think this was more down to my incompetent DIY skills rather than the bolts actually loosening over time. I did tighten them after filming this, and so far have not encountered the same issue.

There isn’t too much of a progressive feel, instead, the travel feels smooth and rather linear. It doesn’t quite give you the feel of a real-world handbrake or that of a hydraulic sim racing handbrake, but for the price, you can’t really expect it to.


Compatibility

As with all MOZA products, this handbrake is fully compatible with the rest of their sim racing product range. It can also be used with any other sim racing product on PC as a stand-alone handbrake.

So if you are rocking a Simucube or Fanatec sim racing setup on PC, you can still add this handbrake, connect it to your PC, and it’ll work like a charm.

MOZA Handbrake Connection Ports

On the front face, or rear depending on which way you’re looking at it, there are two connection ports. You have a USB port which is the one you would use if connecting it directly to your PC as I have. And then there is an RJ port, which allows you to connect it directly to your MOZA wheel base via the Universal Hub.

MOZA don’t currently have any console support, so this won’t work with an Xbox or PS5 as of yet. But, I would suspect that if in the future consoles are supported via a new wheel base, this handbrake will probably work when connected to your wheel base. At least, I hope so.


Should you buy the MOZA HBP Handbrake?

So then we come to my final thoughts. And I have to say my time with this MOZA handbrake has been almost entirely positive.

When you consider where this handbrake sits within the realm of sim racing handbrakes, it undercuts many equivalent products in terms of price. And I believe that it overachieves in its design and build quality.

The adjustability on offer is impressive allowing you to configure this handbrake to your specific needs much better than the competition.

During the heat of a rally stage or if you’re just having some fun drifting, this handbrake is a smooth operator, and I’d certainly recommend it for consideration.

Technical Specifications

  • Aeroplane Grade Aluminum
  • 16 Bit High Precision Position Sensor
  • Pressure and Travel Adjustable
  • Dual Mode and Multi-Angle Adjustable
  • USB connection to PC
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Review written by Felix König

About Felix König

Felix König is a professional Esports sim racer from Seattle, WA, and is the founder and editor of Sim Race Reviews. In addition to over 10 years of professional sim racing and competing in both iRacing and Assetto Corsa Competizione competitions, Felix has been sharing his sim racing knowledge and expertise with other sim racers. His passion lies in sim racing, and in particular in the plethora of sim racing hardware from racing wheels to pedals and more.