Tektro Auriga Pro disc brake review£99.99

Long-term value option

BikeRadar score2.5/5

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.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 45
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster than the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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