Hayes Debuts Lightweight EC Trail Brake

Sep 19, 2006
by Tyler Maine  
The new El Camino Trail hydraulic brake by Hayes Disc Brakes has many enhancements that maximize the brake’s performance. El Camino (EC) Trail’s minimal weight and increased power are the driving forces behind its success. It’s 30 grams lighter than Hayes’ original El Camino, bringing the 6-inch system weight below 400 grams with rotors and hardware. With a one-of a-kind master cylinder and new reinforced caliper design, this brake is powerful and durable in high torque riding conditions. EC Trail’s clamp force is 35% higher than Hayes’ original El Camino, plus its upgraded hydraulic design reduces heat sensitivity to offer improved lever feel. Set-up is also easier than ever because this brake has a patented tool-free pad change and reach adjustment.This new brake is ideal for cross-country, All Mountain and trail riding. In fact, Hayes planted the new EC Trail on key team riders’ bikes this summer. Riders like Brian Lopes, Darren Berrecloth and Geoff Kabush have been punishing these brakes all season in a variety of demanding environments and riding styles.

“The Hayes Test Program riders have been shaking this brake out all winter, and the end result is a balance of modulation and power with an acceptable All Mountain weight”, said Joel Richardson, Hayes Marketing Manager.


Hayes’ new EC Trail brake will debut at the Interbike International Bicycle Expo in Las Vegas from September 25–29, 2006. It will be available on 2007 OEM bikes and from Hayes Distributors this fall with a suggested retail price of $209 (U.S.). Hayes currently has its test fleet outfitted with the new EC Trail brakes.

Hayes Disc Brake is a leading manufacturer of innovative bicycle disc brake systems for cross-country, downhill and free ride applications. Based in Mequon, Wis., USA, Hayes Brake has been producing innovative disc brake systems since 1946.

For more information about the new El Camino Trail hydraulic brake or other Hayes Disc Brake products, call 888-686-3472 or visit www.hayesdiscbrake.com.

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