In development for over three years, the new Paul component Klamper disc brake is designed with road, cyclocross, and gravel adventures in mind. Featuring the classic styling the company has become famous for, and likely the same level of reliability, it’s sure to become a must have.
Stop past the break to learn more about the brakes, and more after the break…
Unlike Avid mechanical disc brakes which have plastic components and spin on loose ball bearings, the Paul Klamper uses no plastic bits, and rotates on a thrust bearing.
I called Paul Components to see if someone could send over a scale shot and The Paul picked up the phone – which is pretty damn cool. He didn’t have a digital scale on hand, but the fancy old scale read 199.5 g.
The production model will receive a reshaped brake pad adjuster with larger knurls (pictured above), to make fine tuning easier. The Klamper will utilize the same brake pad as the Avid Elxir, so replacements pads should be readily available. The brakes will ship will Kool Stop Organic pads.
At Interbike, Paul stated he would be working on a Shimano flat direct mount road version as soon as the spec’s were made available. The current brake will run $230 a wheel, and that price does not include a rotor.
For applications where you don’t want to be limited to a drop or flat bar, Paul’s shifter mounting hardware gives end users a little versatility. The MicroShift Thumbie (pictured left) enables you to mount stock bar end shifters on a flat bar. The XX1 shifter mount (pictured right) does the exact opposite, allowing you to run the 11 speed MTB shifter on a drop bar.
Retail for the two units is $74 and $61 respectively.
For the fat bike crowd, Paul is now manufacturing a 15x150mm front hub with disc brake tabs. Did you really need another reason to get a Bluto? The hubs will be available initially in only black or silver, with retail set at $190. If you’re interested in doing a custom color, the company charges an additional $75 per batch of parts.
Last year Paul reissued an updated version of the very first product they released back in 1989 – a closed cam skewer. Now they also produce a full range of thru axle skewers, which include: 15×100, 15×150, 12×142, 12×177, and 12×197 sizes. You can pick one up for $60.
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