Braking news – wait, what?

by M

It goes without saying that as an internet bike expert, industry insider douchebag and all-round great guy I have an almost limitless knowledge of the current market. I know exactly who sells what bike doodad, what’s good, and whose kneecaps need blowing off.

Somehow, despite all that, I failed to notice the drop bar hydraulic brake system that’s been sitting under my nose:

TRP Hylex

The TRP Hylex Photo: TRP

Granted, it’s completely useless if you want your gear-changey things attached to your bike-stopper things, which I do, but luckily someone is on the case. Cue Retroshift, makers of that cludgy but lovable downtube shifter/brake lever mashup…

Retroshift Hylex

The above image was posted on their facebook last month and apart from demonstrating their willfully lax approach to studio cleanliness, it also shows a TRP Hylex brake lever with a shifter bolted to it. This has to be by far the simplest (and doubtless most affordable) way to combine your love of changing gear with your desire to stop in a timely and controlled fashion.

I’m not saying I’m going to buy it – I’m not – but I salute the effort. I’m sure it will be of interest to the sort of person who’s still letting bar-cons stand in the way of their accession to adulthood.

In other news (and with possible relevance to what shall henceforth be referred to as The Secret Project, or TSP’s TSP, or something else entirely), TRP has announced the arrival of the first post recall Spyre brakes, releasing the following:

Spyre post-recall

I am confident that this marks the beginning of the end of what historians shall remember as a time of great darkness in the march to greater brake enlightenment.