TRP Spyre Review
We have been pretty excited here about the new brake options that came out this year and had a chance to try out a set when they were first released. I have had them mounted on my personal CX bike since spring and have been more than happy with them in every respect from weight, adjustment, power and modulation.
Just to give you a little background on the conditions they were used in, My riding consists mostly of mixed train “adventure” riding and a good amount of singletrack as well as being my daily driver in all weather.
At first glance they are much smaller in width compared to the Avid BB7s that i replaced these with, 39mm rather than a portly 60mm. They are also noticeably lighter at just around 150g per caliper on the standard model, also available is the SLC model that replaced the alloy actuation arm with a carbon shaving off a few grams again.
The first setup was a tiny bit of a learning curve as they don’t use the conical washers that the Avid’s use so they must have aligned disc mounts or they will always have a mushy lever that you can’t get rid of. After that it is a breeze because of the dual pad movement, just center the rotor between the pads and away you go. The lever pull can be adjusted with a couple turns of the barrel and both pads will move in equally, this same adjustment that you will make for pad wear. Both pads are also adjustable so you can fine tune either individually if needed.
After going out for a quick test ride I immediately noticed a much stiffer lever feel than the BB7′s, as well as increased modulation. The modulation was more or less on par with a hydro brake while the power was still what you would expect from a cable actuated disk, maybe slightly more than most but nothing insane. After a few months of riding these brakes I have yet to need to make a full adjustment on them, just a few turns of the barrel adjuster to bring the pads a bit closer to the disc. A massive upside to having both pads contact at the same time is a complete lack of howl that mechanical discs have become known for as you are not flexing the rotor over to contact the static pad. This same flex of the rotor also causes uneven wear of your pads and will require them to be changed out slightly more often.
Overall these brakes are a great upgrade for any disc bike that you are just looking for a little bit more out of, if you would like to give them a feel or see them in person feel free to come by the shop and say hi.