TRP R950SL brakes review

TRP R950SL
Cycling Weekly Verdict

With prices of the competition rising and TRP prices stable, a pair of TRP R950SL are more than justifiable if you fancy stepping away from the norm.

Reasons to buy
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    Lightweight

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    Carbon-fibre arms

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    Easy to align

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    Good QR mechanism

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    Titanium bolts

Reasons to avoid
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    Expensive

Shimano, Campagnolo and SRAM all set such high standards that purchasing aftermarket brakes needs to be justifiable. The TRP R950SL is lightweight, 270g a pair, and they’re a great looking package, with the natural carbon showing through the glossy white finish, reminding you of their exoticism.

Whereas several aftermarket brakes we’ve tried previously have fallen short on performance, the stopping power offered by the TRP R950SL is excellent, helped by Swiss Stop’s pads; a top choice.

A basic plastic barrel adjuster looks cheap, but on the plus side there’s a proper quick-release mechanism, where other lightweight calipers have omitted this.

Pad alignment is easy and the full titanium hardware means rusty bolts are a thing of the past.

Teflon bushes in combination with a strong spring means the TRP R950SL feels positive and there’s less chance of ‘sticky’ calipers further down the line too.

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