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Trickstuff Stealth brakes get new life in lower cost, limited edition matte black

Trickstuff Stealth limited edition matte black MTB mountain bike disc brakes, Piccola Stealth, Direttissima Stealth
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New Trickstuff Stealth brakes give you that low-key black-on-black look in a limited edition run that is better for the environment, and easier on your pocketbook. Trickstuff produces premium lightweight & powerful disc brakes, machined to a shine in Germany. And while their graphics were never really flashy, this is their true stealthy finish option.

Trickstuff Stealth limited edition matte black MTB brakes

Trickstuff Stealth limited edition matte black MTB mountain bike disc brakes, Piccola Stealth, Direttissima Stealth
c. Trickstuff

Interestingly, the idea for a matte finish was a long-running idea at Trickstuff, but Stealth brakes never really made sense to offer before. You see, the way that they precision CNC-machine all of their components leaves an incredibly smooth surface finish, that just shines when anodized in their standard silver, black, or gold without extra finishing steps. To get a matte look, they would have to go back and etch the surface without any technical benefit. And that didn’t mesh with Trickstuff’s performance mindset.

But now they found an excuse to do it, and it means that you end up getting the Stealth Black Special Edition brakes for less money in the end.

Trickstuff Stealth limited edition matte black MTB mountain bike disc brakes, Piccola Stealth, Direttissima Stealth

The reason is because since they are such sticklers for perfection, if any brake element ends up with any cosmetic imperfection in the finish, Trickstuff won’t sell it to consumers. Instead of tossing those technically perfect components into the alloy recycling bin after a half an hour of CNC-machining, Trickstuff realized that by media blasting the finish off and then re-anodizing, they end up with a matte finish.

Trickstuff Stealth limited edition matte black MTB mountain bike disc brakes, Piccola Stealth, Direttissima Stealth

So these twice anodized parts get a unique Stealth look, and are spared from the recycling bin at the same time.

Now, there aren’t very many parts that get rejected on finish, and Trickstuff says they will only make these limited edition brakesets when enough individual components pile up to justify the extra Stealth finishing steps. What that means is that they are really limited. In the first few days after launching Stealth, the first run of Direttissimas has already sold out and just a few Piccola sets remain. But it is an ongoing project, so even though you can’t pre-order the Stealth brakes, keep an eye out and a second batch will come out in due time.

Trickstuff Stealth brakes – Pricing & availability

Trickstuff Stealth limited edition matte black MTB mountain bike disc brakes, Piccola Stealth, Direttissima Stealth
Trickstuff Direttissima Stealth

The Stealth option is available in Trickstuff’s two most popular brakes – the gravity 4-piston Direttissima & lightweight 2-piston Piccola with the alloy lever blade. Stealth brakes are sold in matching pair sets font & rear for 850€. Surely that isn’t cheap, but for a special limited edition brake with a unique matte look that required an extra step of finishing, it’s a pleasant surprise that they are actually 50€ less than a standard shiny set.

Trickstuff Stealth limited edition matte black MTB mountain bike disc brakes, Piccola Stealth, Direttissima Stealth
Piccola Stealth (left), Direttissima Stealth (right)

The brakes are only available direct from Trickstuff’s web store, and are sold first come first served. Interestingly enough, this could be the quickest way to get a set of Trickstuff brakes, as their customizable standard brake builds have a current lead time of around nine months.

Trickstuff Stealth limited edition matte black MTB mountain bike disc brakes, Piccola Stealth, Direttissima Stealth
Trickstuff Piccola Stealth

So, act fast if you need some matte German stoppers in your life. Piccola HD & Maxima brakes are not being offered in the Stealth edition, and aren’t expected any time in the near/foreseeable future.

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John
John
2 years ago

photo of it on a bar?

Josh
Josh
2 years ago
Reply to  John

If only there was a place you could search for images and information and things like that… Unfortunately, it seems you’ll never see that unless someone else makes something you can use to search the internet. Maybe something like a “search engine.” I’d go to google and see if you can find one of those.

blahblah1233445
2 years ago
Reply to  John

Just check the manufacturer’s website. It’s the same brake as normal Direttissima/Piccola, just different finish.

Brian
Brian
2 years ago

Are they something I can use on an aero gravel bike? Asking for a friend

DF
DF
2 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Yes. Very Aero. Much Gravel.

blahblah1233445
2 years ago
Reply to  Brian

Calipers are PM-type and the whole thing is for flat bars – why would anyone want to put that on a gravel bike?

Dave
Dave
2 years ago

Probably stronger against fatigue due to the sand blasting…

Brian
Brian
2 years ago

Was a joke. Everything is either aero or gravel these days.

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