TRP Dash disc brake review£134.99

Good in every department

BikeRadar score3.5/5

TRP is Tektro's premium Racing Product range and the Dash master cylinder is a very clean and crisp piece with a hinged clamp for easy fitting. It’s not flippable, but the mineral oil system is easy to bleed and there’s a red anodised reach adjuster for the broad alloy lever. 

The single piece calliper saves more weight and has an angle adjuster for clean frame alignment. The Dash also takes old Shimano XT style pads so finding spares is easy. There’s a really good positive feel at the lever for traction control and while dyno results were average it feels plenty powerful on the trail as long as you bed it in properly. 

The current rotor brings weight down to the 400g mark which is impressively competitive for the price – and it’s worth noting that there’s a lighter 180mm second generation rotor in development to match the current featherweight 160mm setup. Reliability has been excellent from all the long-term sets we’ve tried, making it one of the best fit-and-forget brake options around.

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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