There seems to be a growing choice of aftermarket anchors for those wanting to either cut a bit of weight of personalise their bike, and for 2009 TRP, the name for parent company Tektro’s high-end brakes, have an impressive range of brake calipers.
TRP’s range is spearheaded by the all-new R960. A weight of just 120g per caliper (Shimano DuraAce circa. 157g) is achieved by forged and CNC machined 6061 aluminium arms using a dual pivot design. Every last ounce of excess weight is machined away; even the brake shoes (fitted with SwissStop pads) have been machined to within an inch of their life, and further weight savings are granted with titanium hardware. Available in anodised red or black.
The R950 SL, with features two carbon fibre arms, has been made lighter to the tune of 5g per caliper due to machined aluminium pad holders. They’ve also been given a lick of fresh white paint and new, bolder decals to boot. 135g per caliper.
Billed as the “ultimate cyclo cross brake,” the Eurox Magnesium meets all the demands of ‘cross racing. Magnesium arms, titanium bolts and other hardware and an aluminium straddle cable hanger all reduce the weight over the standard EuroX Alloy to 103g per wheel.
If cheating wind drag is your chosen pursuit, then check out the T925 aerodynamic brake calipers. Cold forged aero-v arms are designed to slip smoothly through the air, and various cable routing options are available to best suit the particular design of your time trial bike. Weight is 156g for the front and 172g the rear.
More at www.trpbrakes.com