Germany's most powerful MTB brakes becomes Swiss

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As you would expect from a German product, the machining is a work of art (Photo: Trickstuff)
As you would expect from a German product, the machining is a work of art (Photo: Trickstuff)
  • These German brakes slow you down when most other brakes would have faded.
  • Trickstuff brakes are all about stunning design and faultless functionality.
  • And now the company has significant Swiss funding behind it.

As mountain bike tyre and suspension technology improve, riders attempt steeper and more technical descents.

The result is a demand for better brakes, which don’t overheat and squeal, with a spongey lever feel halfway down a challenging bit of singletrack.

Some of the most powerful brakes available are from a small German company, called Trickstuff. A confident brand name, supported by some terrifically potent brake technology.

Trickstuff’s Maxima brakes aren’t cheap, but they look good. And work, even better.

Engineers at Trickstuff design the brand’s brakes to use bionol vegetable oil instead of traditional brake fluid. That makes them much kinder to the environment.

German mountain bike brakes
Braided houses and special fluid reservoirs help these brakes to keep their power on long descents (Photo: Trickstuff)

Making the best brakes - a bit better

Thanks to large-diameter pistons actuating the brake pads, stopping power is tremendous, and lever adjustment doesn’t require any tools. Always a great feature if you want to make changes to your handlebar riding feel while out on the trail.

Mountain bikers who follow the innovation trajectory of Trickstuff, should be thrilled that DT Swiss has now bought the German brake brand.

The Swiss cycling component company will keep Trickstuff trading under its name and management, but give the German brake brand more R&D resources.

With access to some of the world’s best testing equipment for cycling components, DT Swiss can help Trickstuff enhance its powerful mountain bike brakes. It is an excellent opportunity for a niche mountain bike supplier to bring its technology to a much broader audience of riders.

Taking Trickstuff more global

DT Swiss has a proven legacy of product development in cycling wheels, hubs and suspension components. This should assist Trickstuff in executing better market analysis and deliver a better global distribution of Trickstuff brakes.

Supply chain stability and distribution inventory are often issues for boutique mountain bike brands, like Trickstuff. With DT Swiss systems, scale and manufacturing skills now supporting the German brake brand, more riders could have access to those gorgeous – and powerful – Trickstuff brakes.

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