TRP R960 Road Bike Brakes Pro Review


TRP R960 Road Bike Brakes Pro Review
By Twain Mein

  • Lightweight Dual Pivot caliper brakes
  • Forged and CNC’d 6061 Aluminum Arms
  • Adjustable cartridge pad holders with SwissStop pads
  • Patened “Slyde” quick release
  • Titanium nuts n bolts
  • Available in anodized Red or Black
  • Reach: 39-49mm
  • Claimed weight: 120 grams each; 240 total with pads. Actual 238 grams total with pads.
  • MSRP: $399; (Currently available for much less)

TRP specializes in bicycle brake calipers and levers for a range of applications including road, mountain, cross, and tri/tt. They use a variety of materials including carbon, aluminum, and titanium. The TRP R960 is the lightest in their line of road brakes and features very lightweight forged and CNC’d aluminum arms.

What strikes me first about these brakes is that they are massive. The calipers are 30mm wide. They are 100% wider than Zero Gravities which measure 15mm across. They also use three arms to enable the dual pivot mechanism. Conveniently, the centering bolt is easily accessed for fine tuning.

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About the author: Twain Mein

Twain Mein is fascinated with the technology and gear aspect of cycling, and is a longtime product reviewer. Twain has been doing triathlons since 1987 and has been ranked in the Top 50 U.S. National Age Group on numerous occasions.

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  • derek says:

    Great review, Twain. Seeing all these chi-chi parts makes me wanna spend some money on my Ti ride.

  • Rowdy Sluggins says:

    Hey guys, the o-rings are so the adjusters don’t come out in shipping. They should be removed. Also, the performance is better than DA or Campy and at a lower price (street price). Most ultra-light brakes make a trade off of weight over performance. Not these babies. I’ve been riding them for over 10,000 miles now, and I just love them.

  • Drummond says:

    I replaced my zero G’s with these and have not looked back, no flex or chatter and for cheaper than dura-ace you’d be silly not to consider them. Good tip on the o-ring.

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