If you haven’t noticed by now, road discs are coming. The benefits of a road disc brake system have long been understood, but designing a system that functions in the unique circumstances of high performance road cycling has proven harder than anticipated. With hybrid offerings leaving something to be desired, improved purpose-built road disc brake systems have become a target of many industry leaders.
Looking to capitalize on the new wave of road stoppers, TRP -the high end division of Tektro- has been at the forefront of road discs starting with their Parabox Hydraulic disc brake converter. Even as hydraulic integrated shift levers are popping up, the truth is that there are still an incredible number of mechanical brake levers both out in the wild and on lower end bikes, so designing a disc brake that’s compatible with them represents a huge opportunity for both OEM and aftermarket.
Not content to just create a better hydraulic brake, TRP thought they could reinvent the mechanical disc as well, resulting in the TRP Spyre mechanical and HyRd mechanical/hydraulic road disc brakes. The brakes have been teased for some time, though we finally got to put some real world testing in the hills of Los Gatos on both braking systems to see how well they could take the heat.
Read on for first impressions and tech break down of the HyRd and Spyre…