TRP R970SL upgrade over Sram Red.

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G6612
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by G6612

The TRP R970SL have caught my eye and I think they would look pretty good on my Super Six. I know that it will be an upgrade based on weight but what about stopping performance? I have done a search and nothing has really come up on them vs sram red. I would appreciate any real road experience with the TRP brakes.


Valbrona
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by Valbrona

I use the 970SL and they are every bit as good as the Campag Record brakes on my bike they replaced ... but lighter.

You will note that the 970SLs have a sliding quick release, while the new 970EQ has a cam-style quick release.

Do not buy the newly released 979EQ or 979SL because these are for the new generation Dura-Ace levers which pull more cable.

But the thing that's really poor about these brakes is that there is no rubber protector for the frame on the front brake arm - if the forks twist, say during a crash, the brake arm will smash into the top of your down tube. That is a sure fire way to break off your RH down tube cable guide, hence the Campagnolo rubber protector on their front brakes. Are you reading Mr Tektro?

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by itsacarr

I will concur that they are indeed a solid brake with the advantage of being pretty dang light weight and looking very nice. Definitely a bit more personality to your road rig.

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redhed18
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by redhed18

Valbrona wrote:...the 970SLs have a sliding quick release, while the new 970EQ has a cam-style quick release.


Actually the 970EQ has BOTH mechanisms (sliding + cam)...

Having owned the R960 - terrific brake - next time I would probably get brakes with a cam.

Shame if the R979 SL is 7900-only... the matte black and shape is super appealing.

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G6612
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by G6612

If I do a google search I do not see anywhere to buy the R970 EQ anyone have any suggestions?

jliespeed
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by jliespeed

I have searched and searched...I think the brakes are too new and will slowly become available.

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by ellipsesx

here it is : http://prntscr.com/433ie

only shimi????
who can confirm this?

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by Frankie13

I was thinking to get the TRP979SL for my new Canyon Ultimate CF build with Campagnolo 11s. Are they really only for the new Shimano Brake/Shifters?

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by Valbrona

Frankie13 wrote:I was thinking to get the TRP979SL for my new Canyon Ultimate CF build with Campagnolo 11s. Are they really only for the new Shimano Brake/Shifters?


Yup. Campag brake levers have a more traditional 1:3 actuation ratio. The 979 brakes were introduced to work with DA7900 levers which pull 1:4.

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by Frankie13

Valbrona wrote:
Frankie13 wrote:I was thinking to get the TRP979SL for my new Canyon Ultimate CF build with Campagnolo 11s. Are they really only for the new Shimano Brake/Shifters?


Yup. Campag brake levers have a more traditional 1:3 actuation ratio. The 979 brakes were introduced to work with DA7900 levers which pull 1:4.


The Glory cycles website does say they would work just fine with campagnolo too!
Since Campy is 1:3 what could I expect from the performance side?

1:3 or 1:4 what does this really mean :noidea:

iscarrr
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by iscarrr

Slight grave dig here - but does anyone know where to buy the newer updated version of this brake, the R970EQ, online?

A year has passed and these still seem very hard to track down online. A couple on ebay, but only white with red decals, 2011 i think?

RichTheRoadie
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by RichTheRoadie

You'll get them in the UK from any shop that can order from the distributor 'Upgrade'.

The 979s will work fine with Campag levers too - it's just that they'll also work better (i.e. better than the 970s) with the newer Shimano brake pull ratios.

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by durianrider

Ive got the TRP 950SL's and they work ok. Im 65kg.
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by istigatrice

http://www.bc2adesign.com/TheTruth.html

Not sure if this is legit but it makes some pretty strong accusations against TRP
I write the weightweenies blog, hope you like it :)

Disclosure: I'm sponsored by Velocite, but I do give my honest opinion about them (I'm endorsed to race their bikes, not say nice things about them)

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