On the Scale: TRP’s New HYRD and Spyre Road Disc Brakes
There was a lot to see at CX Worlds, both on the course and off. While we were cruising the TRP booth and
taking shots of bourbon from TRP shot glasses working, the new brakes caught our eye tucked away in the back. While we weren’t able to get TRP to divulge any more details until their official launch (soon!), we were able to snap some photos and get them on the scale. Keep in mind that the Spyre dual mechanical shown above still has the brake adapter mounted to it, so figure it is about 15-30g less, which means it would be less than Avid’s BB7 SLs which weigh 170g for the caliper only. Those two silver bands on either side of the red brake pads looking down from the top look like they could be massive springs to help the pads retract and keep things rattle free. Overall, the Spyre looks like it could be the new champion in the road disc world – we can’t wait for the launch.
Check out the HyRd and the new 4 piston MTB Quadiem after the break!
Apparently, these are the exact same brake as the black prototype I had seen previously, though the metallic finish makes them look smaller somehow in person. There is no hiding the fact that you have a brake reservoir grafted on top of a caliper, but you no longer have many of the issues with the Parabox – like the need to bleed them to install, steerer stack height issues, shipping built bike hassles, etc. The braking performance would have to be pretty spectacular to compete against the Spyre though if it works as advertised. Although, one advantage of the HyRd would be self adjusting pads.
A brake that’s not getting quite the attention of the Spyre and the HyRd, but one that I feel just as worthy is TRP’s new Quadiem. It should be out about the same time as the previous two brakes, but is obviously geared towards mountain bikes. I rode a prototype of this brake at Dealer Camp, and it was surprisingly smooth and hugely powerful. If the production model is anywhere near as good, TRP will have a contender in the world of high powered mountain bike brakes.
We wish we had more info for you, but for now you’ll just have to drool at the pictures. More as soon as we get it!