Triathlon, especially longer distance ones that inspire people to get tattoos and mention their participation any chance they get, is a game of aerodynamics. And TriRig has been making brakes that reduce drag for years. Now they’ve made them even better, claiming the new Omega One is aerodynamically faster than not having a brake at all.

Designed from the ground up to hide all moving parts, it’s shaped as one piece before being broken down into individual elements. This gives it a perfectly smooth exterior that’s aerodynamic in every direction – front, top, and sides. Which means you can use it on the front or rear of the bike, even under the bottom bracket.

tri rig omega one direct mount aero brakes for triathlon bikes showing removable cable pull wedge

The other big improvements are changes to the mechanism and leverage ratios, giving it more power and modulation, and to the tire clearance.

While disc brake bikes have opened up many bikes to run wider tires and rims to improve overall aerodynamics, efficiency and ride quality, rim brake bikes were often limited by their caliper’s clearance.

tri rig omega one direct mount aero brakes for triathlon bikes with tire clearance diagram

The TriRig Omega One has no such limitations, offering up to 33mm of rim gap between pads, and tire clearance up to 700×34. For triathlon, that’s huge.

The design keeps their magnetic front fairing, which simplifies setup. For travel, just remove the cable wedge and you can easily pull the handlebars off for travel without also having to remove the calipers…which means they stay perfectly aligned when you reassemble the bike before the race.

The brakes are on sale now, with a 1-2 week shipping lead time as of this post. Retail price is $194.99.

TriRig.com

10 COMMENTS

  1. I thought I was transported to the late 80s for a second when I looked at this post with the Campy Delta-ish brakes and the other one with the Vulcan beam bike. These aren’t products I am apt to use, but I love looking at them.

  2. Superb design nice to see Rim brakes holding on – worried they’d get so phased out I won’t be able to upgrade components on rim bikes “down the “road” when I can’t find cassettes any longer . Who knows ….

  3. If, as one of his last projects while in retirement in France, Raymond Loewy was consulted by Campagnolo on the design of their new Record “Delta” brake caliper…

  4. I love my Omega brakes and Alpha X bars. The skewers are good. I’m holding out for for an aerodynamic disc brake caliper next. That’s what’s ruining aero bikes right now. A chunky, offset brake caliper hanging in the wind with no regard to the hose routing. They are just mtb calipers being reused. Put some thought into them if the big S’s won’t.

  5. Are these really Direct Mount? It seems from their page that they use the same adapter from single-bolt to DM as the Omega X. Not sure that I like the solution as you basically lose the potential benefit of DM in the first place, and actually adds flex to the overall brake compared to single-bolt. But otherwise, nice looking brake… seems seriously aero.

    It is good to see companies still investing in rim brakes. While I accept that disc brakes will eventually take over, it is sad to see the push for discs across the board, For everyday cyclists, who use the same bike from commuting in the rain to the crit race in the weekend, discs are the most logical decision. But for a all-out speed, rim brakes still have the edge: lower weight, better aero… they are even easier to travel with. Discs sure have better power and modulation, but I doubt this translates to any advantage in real racing scenarios.

    • From their website I thought I read they are able to be both direct mount and single bolt compatible but some clarification would be helpful…
      Yeah for so many of us who’ve invested small fortunes into bikes we love pre-disc brake and still want to ride I truly hope Rim brake compatibility will be preserved by component designers it would be really tragic to lose that regardless of newer options and preferences. So many great older bikes still on the roads that will need to be maintained and such.
      Also I not they do not give weights either in this article or on their web page. Hmm….

      • It is compatible with either single bolt or direct mount. Direct mount (or TRP style) require an adaptor bridge mount (which I believe (?) is included). All the installation information is available on TriRig’s website… It is well done & easy to follow

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