IB13: New TRP Hylex Drop Bar Hydraulic Disc Brakes for Singlespeed Road, Cyclocross Bikes

TRP Hylex drop bar hydraulic disc brakes for singlespeed road and cyclocross bikes

The new TRP Hylex singlespeed hydraulic disc brake drop bar set up took everything that was easy to make about the Di2-based Hywire system they showed two years ago and dropped the electronic shifting hopes.

The result is a lean looking full hydraulic brake setup that’s perfect for singlespeed road and cyclocross bikes. TRP’s reps said with Shimano’s change to the e-tube system, it became more difficult to integrate their electronics into custom buttons, so they just left those out and focused on the brakes.

A quick test ride on them felt really, really good with solid braking and linear modulation. They were mounted up to Raleigh’s Brian Fornes’ personal bike, which was raced at Cross Vegas as shown. He had other rotors on it, but the system will ship from TRP with their TR-14 rotor, same as what comes with the Spyres and HyRD calipers.

TRP Hylex drop bar hydraulic disc brakes for singlespeed road and cyclocross bikes

The kit weighs in at 352g per wheel (without rotor) and will retail for $159.99. That’s only $10 more per wheel than the HyRD caliper on its own. They’re available now.

TRP Hylex drop bar hydraulic disc brakes for singlespeed road and cyclocross bikes

TRP Hylex drop bar hydraulic disc brakes for singlespeed road and cyclocross bikes

TRP Hylex drop bar hydraulic disc brakes for singlespeed road and cyclocross bikes

The lever body still has the slots where the Di2 wires would plug in. They could have kept that original version as an option, but figured the market size of people willing to ditch a set of expensive original 10-speed Shimano Dura-Ace levers jut to switch to hydraulic brakes was pretty small.

TRP Hylex drop bar hydraulic disc brakes for singlespeed road and cyclocross bikes

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19 thoughts on “IB13: New TRP Hylex Drop Bar Hydraulic Disc Brakes for Singlespeed Road, Cyclocross Bikes

  1. Shoot, should have searched more. Mineral oil, uses the same pads as Spyre/HyRd/Parabox. Hoping for a bleed port right at the very top of the hood…

  2. “They were mounted up to Raleigh’s Brian Fornes’ personal bike, which was raced at Cross Vegas as shown” – 2012? AFAIK Cross Vegas 2013 is still in the future?

  3. Raleigh, put these on the Furley and I’ll buy one. And then throw on a rear derailleur and a bar end shifter, but that doesn’t really matter…

  4. I just installed a set of these on my SSCX bike. Lever reach from the drops is great, better than my old BB7’s IMO. And of course the modulation, power, weight…everything is better than the BB7’s as well. Really stoked on them…great product.

  5. Yup, they’re nice and all, but my rear brake hose was absolutely impossible to detach from the caliper. When at last it came out, the olive was broken in two pieces, the other half still inside the caliper. There was no way I could pry that out. Also the barb was deformed. I don’t know if it was tightened over the specs in factory or what. I’ve contacted TRP about this, but haven’t heard anything. It’s Interbike so I guess that’s understandable. There is at least one other guy who I suspect had similar problem as I: http://www.lfgss.com/threaYd106333-2.html post #86. I guess we’ll find out if this is a common problem in the next weeks.

  6. Update to my previous comment: TRP has today shipped me a new caliper, barb and olive. Early units have had over tightened calipers, but apparently this isn’t an issue anymore. Besides that problem I had, I’m very happy the brakes and of course TRP’s service. Plus the bleeding of these brakes is an easy job.

  7. Brake kit for only $10 more than lever alone? Sounds too good to be true… or, maybe the levers are seriously overpriced! I’m looking to convert my flat bar HDB singlespeed setup to drop bars for gravel, but it ain’t happenin’ at anywhere near $300 for simple no-shift levers.

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