Video: UR Team Visits Trickstuff Brakes in Germany

Mar 4, 2019 at 6:08
by Trickstuff  
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Photo by Dan Griffiths
Trickstuff
Factory Visit
Mick Hannah putting Trickstuff Brakes through the wringer since 2017. Photo by Dan Griffiths

Words by Trickstuff

Mick and Tracey Hannah and the Polygon UR Team have been riding Trickstuff Brakes since 2017. Last fall we had a chance to invite them to our place and show them how the brakes are made.

Trickstuff Direttissima Photo by Ross bell
Tracey's Trickstuff Direttissima. Photo by Ross Bell

Trickstuff is located in Freiburg in the south of Germany. We design and engineer all our products ourselves and work closely with partners within the Black Forest region, who machine our 7075 aluminum. Assembly and Quality Assurance are also done in house. It has always been a small operation that's more like a custom workshop and not a factory. We pride ourselves on the quality of our parts and love being able to take the time to tailor each product to perfection.

Trickstuff Direttissima Photo by Ross bell
Trickstuff Direttissima. Photo by Ross bell

Our small group of people doesn't have huge budgets or super-sized R&D facilities, but we do have a lot of passion and enthusiasm. We don't let few-Dollar-decisions get in the way of a great product and we put in the time and effort to build each brake individually in our own little workshop.

Then all of a sudden there was this group of world-famous riders and their mechanics that did not only acknowledge our work, but were also keen on representing our brand and bringing it to the DH World Cup. Ever since the UR Team started representing Trickstuff, we feel like superstars. The overwhelming demand for our boutique products all around the globe has forced and enabled us to grow, but still, it hasn't changed who we are - 12 people who just love riding bikes and making awesome bike parts.

Great results are easier to achieve when you are in a good mood. J rgen and Jaro in the Trickstuff workshop. Photo by rust media solutions
Great results are easier to achieve when you are in a good mood. Jürgen and Jaro in the Trickstuff workshop. Photo by Rust Media Solutions


MENTIONS: @Trickstuff



87 Comments

  • + 24
 I have a set of Trickstuff Piccolas, switched from Shimano XTR Trail and Magura MT8. Amazing brakes, incredible performance!
  • + 21
 Thank you @zscs Have fun riding!
  • + 10
 They are worth every penny in my book. As a grease monkey I hate everything but those trickstuff. Sure their colors scheme is a bit off but they're available in black. After years and years searching for set more powerful than the original Gustav M or the very first 4 pots XT, a pair of those came in my workshop : This is how it's done! The function before the form Smile . Plus their power to weight ratio is top notch!
  • + 4
 @Trickstuff: does trickstuff have a USA rep? Interested in the new brakes maxima
  • + 5
 @DH-Angel: Hey. No we don't but we ship worldwide. The Maxima has so far only been sold via a crowdfunding campaign but will be launched as a regular product in July.
  • + 11
 @Trickstuff: cool. all you need now is a better website to sell your stuff.
  • + 2
 Those levers though. Crazy slick and dope
  • + 4
 @DH-Angel: I just ordered a set off www.bike-components.de and had no problems. Site was easy to use, and they were able to handle the questions I asked in English.
  • + 2
 Me too, love the Piccolas!
  • + 3
 I'll be your USA rep Smile
  • + 2
 @Trickstuff @DH-Angel: I agree, while the site is easy to navigate there is little product info or model descriptions. With most brands that I have worked with the ones that have the BEST products generally are lacking in this area, their time is spent on creating a great product vs showcasing it. P.S I build websites Wink
  • + 17
 Aren't the Athertons on Trickstuff Brakes as well now?
  • + 27
 Yes. They are.
  • + 11
 I've been involved with this sport since 1983 and I'm not sure I've ever lusted after a bike part as much as these brakes. No idea where to find them in the US, and for that matter, where to sell the kidney it would take to buy them.
  • + 11
 Hey. We don't buy kidneys but we sell brakes directly to you. If you want to get in touch write to info@trickstuff.de
  • + 10
 That Dremel scene.
  • + 4
 WTF?! Can anyone help me figure out what was happening there? I watched it a few times and couldn’t understand what he was saying. What surface in the master cylinder can handle being Dremeled like that?
  • + 1
 @nuttypoolog: It's prolly just a polishing fitting, they mentioned there can be some imperfections after anodizing the inside.
  • + 1
 @adventuresbycole: The sanding drum shown on the Dremel at 1:20 looks like it means business, and the sounds on the video seem aggressive. Obviously they know what they're doing... I'm just curious.
  • + 10
 @nuttypoolog: the usual way is to machine the cylinder surface last. You can basically just drill it and the surface is good to go.byou do then have a raw aluminium surface. This will result in aluminium particles in the brake fluid = black brake fluid after a while.
We avoid this by making the cylinder first and anodising it. The surface is much stronger and we don't have the wear. So no black brake fluid and longer live time for the seals. Because the anodising makes the surface less smooth, we have to polish it. To allow the piston to run smoothly. Took us a while to get this right.
  • + 4
 @Trickstuff: so you’re just polishing the anodized cylinder. That makes sense. The video made me think you removed material. Thank you for the response. I have a set on the way, and I couldn’t be more excited! My only worry is that I love them so much I want a set for every bike in my garage.
  • + 6
 Enduro-mtb promises 20% (check their big brakes review) increase power on Code brakes, will check it soon )))
  • + 2
 I bought their break pads for my Code R on my Nomad last year and used them from bike park to trails and they have been fabulous. I did notice more bite over the stock Sram pads, and their customer service was really good.
  • + 2
 @fedfox: I just got my new bike equipped with a set of code rsc brakes, coming from a SHIGURA combination. After some first rides I was kind of disappointed with the power, so I swapped it for the trickstuff power compound pads. What a difference a pad makes! The performance of the brake went from not so good to hell yeah close to perfect.

Saying that I had the chance to ride the diretissima brakes last year. Nearly sold my bike for it, as they were by far the most powerful brakes still with loads of modulation.
Great company, nice guys, cool boos, greatest products for brakes and worth every freaking penny!
  • + 7
 Trickstuff on an Inted fork, now that's boutique !
  • + 10
 Thats the dude who makes the intend forks. He previously worked for trickstuff before starting intend
  • + 1
 Nee yeah, gimme one of those CRConception fork instead, you'd know better than us Jean-Pierre, they're from your country!
  • + 1
 would be nice to see an article about him and his work here
  • + 1
 @wLir0: thanks dude!
  • + 6
 So rad seeing Freiburg and Trickstuff! Dag your killing it with the marketing!
  • + 5
 It's tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that's right on time It's tricky
  • + 4
 I bought their brake pads for my Hope V4s. I hope that they won't disappoint me.
  • + 32
 Hey. Let us know what you think once you've ridden them. Always happy about feedback.
  • + 1
 doublepost for some reason
  • + 1
 I´m sure they won´t if they are the power pads.
  • + 1
 I believe TS brakes are those which perform best. But I know more than 3 people around me, purchased the $1000+ Direttissima and now suffer from oil leak (from bleeding port, slave piston, oil reservoir, etc.). I hope TS could spend more working on improving the reliability.
  • + 2
 Own two sets of deretisima I can say only one thing. One brakes, to stop them all. Ok pricy, but quality and functionality is outstanding. They are worth every day of waiting.
  • + 4
 Would these match with the TLD Adidas kit or is it too tricky?
  • + 7
 Ask them to laser etch three stripes on the cover of the master cylinder and along the lever. Adidas should sponsor suicide hotlines since Nike can’t do it with their company motto.
  • + 1
 You actually have to confirm on the website that you are a dentist before they let you purchase them
  • + 3
 Jokes aside, looks like a great company producing awesome parts Salute
  • + 2
 I used to messenger for Per Velo in Freiburg and MTB in the Schwarzwald. I love that these brakes are made in my favorite city
  • + 2
 Honestly had no idea they made anything other than brake pads. I think this is the route I will go over Hope at this point. They levers look amazing!
  • + 2
 Not used these but the reviews sound amazing. Chris King performance and quality brakes.
  • + 3
 I hope they reworked those shitty clamps
  • + 19
 For Sure! We have 2 options for the clamps. the classic low profile one and a 2-piece cnc machined clamp.That is much stronger and more adjustable.
  • + 7
 @Trickstuff: good news! thanks for the update
  • + 2
 I just used stripe of thin(0.5mm) carpet double-sided tape (0.5mm) and newer had any problem with twisting.
  • + 1
 @vitality: yeah its a bit tricky, mostly on carbon bars
  • + 2
 Who needs brakes anyway? They are heavy as shit and only slows you down..

I do, i need them.
  • + 1
 You`re right: you absolutely don`t need brakes in Denmark considering both the flatness and the everblowing wind ;-)
  • + 1
 @Franzzz: We get nice pedal pistons though! Big Grin

I did bring my bike abroad, can confirm that I had to put brakes on my bike on several occasions.
  • + 2
 Well this video made me want to buy some brakes from you guys! Will start saving!
  • + 2
 does trickstuff have a USA rep? Interested in their new brakes maxima
  • + 2
 Can't wait for my Maximas to arrive :-D
  • + 3
 So sad that I missed the boat on the kickstarter campaign, it will be the end of time before another chance to buy some now :-(
  • + 5
 @rjwspeedjunkie:
Will be launched as a regular product in the middle of the year
  • + 2
 @Trickstuff: Thanks - Will they be stocked or order only, I have wanted a Direttissima set for ages, but always a 3 month wait :-(
  • + 2
 @rjwspeedjunkie: there are some German online sites that have them in stock.
  • + 1
 @reverend27: You can't pick what colours/options you want though. Might not be an issue but spending that much, I'd want to choose options.
  • + 1
 @reverend27: I saw them online in stock briefly a few weeks back, but then before I hit buy, stick was gone. If you know of anywhere with stock now let me know :-)
  • + 1
 @tomhoward379: know what you mean, but I'd be pretty happy with black on black!
  • + 2
 @rjwspeedjunkie: it was one of our retailers called r2-bike
We had the Maxima available through a crowdfunding campaign and R2 supported it. They didn't get them yet they just already uploaded the offer.
  • + 1
 @tomhoward379: some only have black but bike24 had lots of colors but most are sold out at the moment.

But you have to click on all of them.

Like blue/black set is not on stock but they have blue/black rear in stock 2 of them which is a set.
  • + 1
 @tomhoward379: well if you get something especially made for your liking isn't it fair to wait some extra? Imagine ordering a custom frame, I'll bet you would accept to wait.
But I get your point...
  • + 1
 @x-rider: I did order some direttissimas in September (for March delivery) but cancelled when the Maxima was launched on Kickstarter and backed those (now due in May) I am not a stranger to waiting for things I want...
  • + 1
 Is there an update on when the Trixer Mk 3 will be released? I will be ordering one as soon as it comes out.
  • + 3
 Working on it. Sending final prototypes to riders at the moment
  • + 1
 "Welcome to Freiburg. Have you ridden the borderline"
  • + 2
 We also have Canadian trails here Smile
  • + 3
 @Trickstuff: I hear the guys who built them are super good looking too....????
  • + 17
 Every time they come to Freiburg the divorce rate goes up.
  • + 2
 @Trickstuff: hahaha. Next time we are back to build trails I'll come say hi. Would love to try out some of your brakes. Hopefully they make me ride like Jakob. Keep up the good work and let's see more Freiburg content out there!
  • + 1
 @kris241: for sure. Always happy to welcome you.
  • + 1
 Can anybody tell me how we did brake before TrickStuff???
  • + 1
 795 euros for set of breaks … That's a bit harsh...
  • + 1
 Where was Mick in the video?
  • + 1
 is there a uk supplier
  • + 1
 Poshbikes.com
  • + 1
 You get what you pay for
  • - 2
 Matt Macduff trusts O'Neal though didn't you know?
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