TRP Dash Carbon disc brake review£174.99

Simple lightweight brake

BikeRadar score4/5

The Dash Carbon is the flagship brake of Tektro’s Racing Product range. The carbon lever is a few grams lighter than the £40 cheaper Dash, with a new lightweight 180mm rotor taking the brakeset below 400g.

Tektro’s brakes are generally excellent quality and very reliable, and if you do need to bleed them it’s relatively simple. The sintered pads last well and compatibility with old-style Shimano XT pads makes finding replacements easy. 

A slippery finish on the rotor means random initial feel though, so patient bedding-in is essential if you want to get the consistently smooth, progressive control they can offer. This makes them great on technical singletrack, although power is slightly lacking hauling down from higher speeds.

This article was originally published in What Mountain Bike magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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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