Germany’s Trickstuff are always busy; if they’re not revising current parts, they’re developing brand new ones – while always keeping their aluminium parts heading in the same direction: ‘lighter and stronger.’ Based in Freiburg, Trickstuff have a serious bag of tricks up their sleeve to ensure that your bikes won’t have to suffer any pesky issues for any longer.
The Direttissima brakes almost certainly constitute the Freiburg-based company’s most exciting new addition. Available as a dual or quad-piston brake, the Direttissima is reputed to be ever more powerful than Trickstuff’s popular CLEG. With a mere 5 g weight difference, the company claim that the dual and quad-piston brakes actually offer the same standard of power, although the pressure point on the dual-piston model is somewhat lighter. The increased braking power is exerted from the newly designed brake levers, while the brake caliper remains the same as the CLEG. The company haven’t just revised the amount of power exerted by the levers, they’ve also received a new and more ergonomic design. Moreover, Trickstuff claim that these brakes are now easier to modulate, thanks to the CNC-milled levers whose four ball bearings and Teflon seals are reputed to be satisfyingly smooth.
The lever’s reach can be fine-tuned and they are Matchmaker compatible. As just the levers have been redesigned, they are available for individual purchase from November for 200 €. The complete brakeset, including disc brakes and adaptors, asks for a hefty chunk of 800 €. However, weighing just 220 g (dual piston, 75 cm cable), the Direttissima are lighter than Shimano’s top-of-the-range XTR.
Spacers, adapters and clamps
Trickstuff have also launched yet more little helpers to optimize the weight of your bike, simplify familiar systems or solve problems. We particularly liked the Ringli and Deckele, which have been designed to improve the state of your cockpit.
The Deckele is a new type of Ahead dirt cap, which can be installed and removed multiple times thanks to its M4 expander bolt. Also suitable for carbon steerers, cables can be routed through it. Behind the name Ringli, you’ll find internally milled spacers, which should optimize the weight of your cockpit. The price tag for the dirt cap is just 30 €, and it weighs just 12 g. For a set of four spacers (3, 6, 9 and 13 mm), expect to shell out around 20 €.
The Friendship adaptor has been designed to unite SRAM brakes and Shimano brake levers. Costing 13.90 € each or 19.90 € for a pair, the adaptors pose a simple and affordable manner in which to increase the ergonomics of the cockpit.
The GANDHI seatclamp is skinny and lightweight while still delivering a high clamping power with a low torque given the location of its screw close to the seattube. Weighing just 9g, the GANDHI costs 30 € and is already available.
For more information head to: trickstuff.de
Words: Daniel Schlicke Photos: Christoph Bayer
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