These brakes will take about three months to get to you if you live in the States. And they will cost about $450. Per wheel. Without rotors. You do not need them, but if you ever lay a finger on them, you will want them. Really want them.
Differing models create differing feels. The heavy-duty build is called the Direttissima, which combines a large, traditionally oriented master cylinder and reservoir with a four-piston caliper. The lighter-duty, lighter weight (claimed as the lightest in the world, in fact) is the Piccola, with a small, perpendicular master cylinder and two-piston caliper.
But that’s literally just the half of it. When you order a set of Trickstuff brakes, you have the option of mixing and matching levers and calipers. The Piccola’s feel is in the neighborhood of traditional XC brakes like the Formula R1 or the M9000-level XTRs, while the Direttissima is closer to that of the new SRAM Codes or the Hope Tech 3s. But if you want that firmer feel but a little grabbier braking performance, mix the Direttissima lever with the two-piston caliper. Or if you like the lighter touch of the Piccola lever, but want more modulation, then you can connect it to the four-piston Direttissima caliper.
And then there are the colors. Pick your lever blade, reservoir cap, and caliper color. You can put together something that looks and feels like no other brake out there.
The market for beautifully CNC’d hydraulic brakes has long belonged to British manufacturer, Hope. Aside from having the look of industrial-grade jewelery, Hope brakes tend to favor modulation over power. But each configuration of the made in Freiburg, Germany Trickstuff brakes offers more power earlier in the stroke. There are limited opportunities to test brakes around the sprawling Eurobike convention center, but we learned enough to know we like them. There’s something about the way each of the Trickstuff configurations feel that isn’t matched anywhere. We will get a chance to put them through the paces on our home turf once we get a set in to test. It just may take three months.