Written by Wally Wallace Monday, 01 July 2013 18:02
TRP has some great new road / CX disc brakes rolling out in 2013. For those of you who aren't familiar with TRP, the name stands for Tektro Racing Products. Unlike it's parent brand, Tektro, TRP is known for high zoot components, primarily brakes. With all the buzz around the industry lately about road bike disc brakes and cyclocross disc brakes it's no surprise that TRP has some new offerings.
First to hit the market was the HYRD, a cable actuated hydraulic disc brake designed to work with short pull road bike brake levers. They are available as bolt on kits in 140mm and 160mm rotor sizes. The beauty of this system is the ease with which you can swap out the mechanical disc calipers, that up until now were the only choice for short pull actuated levers. Plus, with the hydraulic assist you get better modulation that also requires less effort actuate and a ton more power.
Coming soon is the much anticipated TRP Spyre and Spyre SLC. These babies are lightweight, low profile, and, perhaps most importantly, are designed so both pads move in towards the rim to apply braking force. If you look closely you'll see the "arch" of the actuating lever attached to two individual "pistons", thereby allowing each to move in towards the rotor symmetrically. This makes adjustment easier and will also improve modulation and power. The SLC was a late addition and the only difference is the carbon "arch", which snazzes up the look and offers a weight savings of 8 grams.
*these brakes are highly sought after and availability may be limited initially. ETA for the next batch of Spyre and HYRD brakes is 7/7/13
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