With disc brakes on road bikes becoming ever more popular, TRP have created the HY-RD Hydraulic disc brake caliper to give you all the performance benefits of a hydraulic disc system whilst being compatible with all drop bar brake levers.
The TRP HY-RD (pronounced High Road) is probably the most powerful cable actuated disc brake on the market. Being compatible with all standard drop bar levers, this brake provides the option to switch to hydraulic discs without having to shell out for a top flight hydraulic disc compatible groupset.
The HY-RD could also be the easiest cable actuated brake on the market to set up. Requiring only a 5mm Allen key to make the switch from a current mechanical disc brake setup. Just click the video tab above the image to see for yourself.
These brakes are also a great upgrade for any cyclo-cross racers running mechanical disc brakes. In bad conditions, pads can wear significantly in just a single race. The open hydraulic system allows the pistons to compensate for pad wear, providing consistent braking performance at all times.
Bicycle disc brakes consist of a metal disc attached to the wheel hub that rotates with the wheel. Brake calipers are attached to the frame or fork along with pads that squeeze together on the disc. The way it is attached to the bike will be either by IS (International Standard) which has two holes facing the disc or Post Mount, which has threads going into the fork. Disc brakes have been successfully used on motorbikes for decades, and are the principal choice there. The primary benefit of disc brakes is that they perform equally well in all conditions including water, mud and snow. This is due to their position closer to the hub and away from the ground and possible contaminants like water, which can coat and freeze on the rim in colder temperatures. The pads are usually made from metal sinters or an organic compound instead of rubber. Water acts as a lubricant to rubber but not metal, therefore disc brakes maintain their stopping power in wet conditions. They also avoid the problem that rim brakes have of wearing out the wheel rims, especially in muddy conditions, as well as the requirement that the rim be straight. Disc brakes offer improved modulation of braking power and generally require less finger effort to achieve the same braking power. The advantages of discs make them well-suited to steep, extended downhills through wet and muddy off-road terrain, common in freeride bicycle riding.
TRP was founded on the idea of building the highest quality braking systems available in the bicycle industry. TRP Brakes are designed for superior levels of performance and durability achieved through the use of advanced production techniques, accurate processing and meticulous quality control. By using exotic materials such as Carbon Fibre, Titanium and TT6 Aluminum, TRP brakes set a new industry standard for lightweight and precise control. TRP brakes are extensively tested for reliability and safety on and off-road, and in the laboratory - by a company with more than 20 years experience designing and manufacturing bicycle brake systems.
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