Simkins Egg Brake Pro Review

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  • Cost: $385/pair, $195 front only MSRP (complete with brake pads)
  • Aerodynamic and unique
  • Made in the USA
  • Light weight: 287 grams (pair); front 145, rear 142
  • Available in Red, Black, and Silver
  • Strong braking power
  • Available direct

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Matt Simkins’ day job use to be working as engineer on eye/ear/nose/throat medical devices. He’s now getting his graduate degree in bionics at UC Santa Cruz. In his spare time, he’s focused his passion for cycling by building some intriguing road and tri bike brakes. His latest brake is his fourth design and it’s aptly named the “Egg” brake. An egg is a very aerodynamic shape and these brakes have some real testing to back up his aero claims.

What makes them different?
The aftermarket for brakes is remarkably crowded, thanks primarily to Ciamillo, makers of the Zero Gravity brake, that ushered in a new era of super light brakes. There is now a fantastic array of light brakes made by Sampson, KCNC, Revl, TRP, Feather, Bontrager, M5, FSA, and Ax-Lightness, not to mention the industry giants Shimano, Campy, and SRAM. Matt’s previous brake, the Simkins Skelter was yet another uniquely styled offering in this crowded space. But it was also plagued by an extremely difficult installation process.

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About the author: Twain Mein

Twain Mein has been a fan of mtbr.com & roadbikereview.com since 1996. After meeting Francis, he became fascinated with the technology and gear aspect of cycling and became one of our first product reviewers. Twain has been doing triathlons since 1987 and was ranked in the Top 50 U.S. National Age Group in 2012. He’s recently been learning swimming tips from his 10 year-old daughter who has way more natural talent!


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