German uber-tech brand, Trickstuff, are asserting to have engineered the lightest disc brake in the world – 157.83 grams for the front system
(excluding adaptor and disc rotor) including brake pads. With a 160mm Dächle disc and 70cm hose the weight should come in around 266g, although the new even lighter Dächle UL pictured should shave even more weight. Compared to Sram's recently launched Level
cross country stopper, which is claimed to be 318g with a 160mm rotor, 80cm hose and Ti hardware.
Trickstuff Piccola Details
• Two-piston caliper
• Post mount
• 4x cartridge bearings per lever
• High pressure kevlar hoses or Goodridge
• Delivered with hoses pre-cut and bled
• Mineral oil
• Made in Germany
• Weight: 158 grams (front, excluding rotor and adaptor)
• MSRP: €345 each (brake lever, caliper and hose)
• Availble Autumn 2016
The goal here wasn't only to create the lightest brake available. Foremost, Trickstuff wanted to design a brake that works and actually slows riders down, followed by a weight weenie exciter. The Piccola doesn't have the same massive power as the four pot Direttissima, but should be a good stopper nonetheless. The Piccola shares details like kevlar or Goodridge hose options, 4x cartridge bearings in the lever hinge, and a nicely chamfered outer edge of the disc rotor. A full range of 80's anodized colors will be available.
The Dächle UL disc has a 60º chamfer on either side. Not only because it feels good to the touch for bike geeks like us, but it also helps to mount wheels more easily. The chamfer won't catch the brake pads or caliper and should let your disc slide right into the slot.
Trickstuff also claims that the Dächle disc is cut from a particularly high-quality steel, vacuum hardened and is 25% stronger than your average rotor. The same kind of steel used in jet propellers. Normally I take these kinds of facts with a pinch of salt, but seeing some of the crazy tech stuff from the Freiburgians, I believe them.
I have been testing the Piccola's bigger and older brother, the Direttissima over the last few weeks and have been duly impressed, expect a full review soon.