More and more companies are offering aftermarket brakes that claim to weigh less than the main groupset manufacturers.

TRP is the latest to hit these shores, with its carbon R950 and aluminium R920 brakesets at £159.99 and £99.99 respectively.

Both brakesets use titanium hardware for all the nuts and bolts, right down to the tension adjusters and Teflon for the bushes to reduce that sticky caliper feeling. With a 39-49mm drop they will fit any standard road machine and the Koolstop pads, with their adjustable angle fittings, guarantee plenty of friction at the rim.

The 140g R950 calipers use a forged T6 aluminium skeleton, around which high-modulus carbon is wrapped to improve stiffness. Sadly the cheaper R920 full aluminium calipers not only feel stiffer, but weigh less at only 128g per caliper.

Contact: www.trpbrakes.com, www.upgradebikes.co.uk or call 01403 711611