There’s a big debate about what kinda mechanical disc brakes are better: Single piston or two piston. I’m here to tell you, what matters is brake stiffness, not how many pistons it has. With hydro brakes, 4 pistons vs 2 pistons isn’t about power as much as it’s about stabilizing the rotor with two small pistons, then grabbing the rotor with 2 bigger ones.
TRP Spyke brakes are (relatively) easy to adjust long pull disc brakes. Long pull means you use mountain V brake levers, not road levers or Canti levers. Good for flat bar builds. I say these are relatively easy to adjust, because the inner pad adjustment is a recessed 3mm bolt that’s a bugger to get to. Best thing is to fish a long ball end 3mm thru your cassette and adjust it from the far side of the bike. That works 90% of the time. The good news is, once the adjustment is made, you won’t have to mess with that bolt until the pads need replaced. Any play can be adjusted out by turning the barrel adjuster.
TRP brakes are not as stiff as Rever or Paul brakes, Paul brakes being the stiffest. They’re affordable though, and they do work well. Basically our rule is, if you have the budget, get the Paul Klampers, if not, get these or the Rever brakes.
Pair with any good Rotor, like the Rever or Rollci rotors.
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