TRP R950SL brakes




  • Lightweight
  • Carbon-fibre arms
  • Easy to align
  • Good QR mechanism
  • Titanium bolts


  • Expensive

Price as reviewed:


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.

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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.


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.