Tektro’s well proven Auriga Pro brake isn’t light and stock pads aren’t great but it’s super-reliable and is supplied complete with a bleed kit for long-term value.
Tektro have been the leading bargain brake supplier for complete bike builders for years and their testing and manufacturing facilities are second to none. We’ve certainly never had any trouble from countless sets of various Aurigas we’ve anchored with over the years.
While the brake and rotor are heavy, the radial master cylinder of the Pro looks up to date and there’s an easy-fit two bolt clamp. It’s not a flip-flop design though, and the supplied hose length is too short to stretch between long-travel forks and wide bars. But Tektro offer longer length hoses in various colours.
The fairly firm and wooden feel provides reliable consistency and copes with heat build-up well but doesn’t give particularly powerful or subtle control in most situations. Original pads wear fast but it can run old-style Hope Mini pads, which makes getting longer lasting, sharper stopping sintered replacement pads easy.
This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine.