Spyre SLC Silver Spyre Black

Tektro USA/TRP Brakes has issued a voluntary recall notice affecting about 4000 Spyre and Spyre SLC mechanical dual piston disc brake calipers sold from April 2013 to December 6, 2013. This includes both black anodized and silver finishes, sold with 140mm or 160mm rotors. The company has also filed a report with the CPSC in accordance with their guidelines.

In a statement released earlier today, TRP stated “We have identified a specific condition that could result in failure or one or both of the brakes when installed on a bicycle. The Spyre caliper uses a dual piston design in which ball bearings move within opposing ramps. We have discovered that in a specific scenario, the balls can be forced from the ramps if the actuator arm is fully activated to its stop with excessively worn or no pads installed.”

The effect is that the one or more of the balls can jump from its position within its respective ramp, resulting in a reduction or loss of braking force. There has been one reported incident of a single caliper brake failure with no injury or property damage.

Customers are asked to immediately stop riding the brakes and return their Spyre or Spyre SLC’s back to the original place of purchase or Tektro USA/TRP for free exchange.

For more information or to arrange a return, contact Tektro USA/TRP Customer Service between 8am – 4pm mountain standard time, Monday through Friday at 877-807-4162 or info@trpbrakes.com




  1. Eyal on

    Hopefully nobody was hurt! This is why I won’t jump on the disc wagon until the UCI approves for pro, and Campag have released a 3rd iteration of their design. Sometime 2017!

  2. Jack on

    Typical bike industry, rush to produce, jump on the band wagon, no critical press. Media clamour to promote new thing. Customers do reliability testing. Recalls. Eyal is on the money.

  3. Culpritbicycles on

    Sorry but I won’t completely agree with the comment that TRP rushed into the market. Living near TRP’s production facility in Taiwan I had samples pre production through to production for testing. At Culprit Bicycles, I tested the product for months before ever giving it to our customers. Culprit is a small brand so this is critical we buy the right parts to spec. I personally as well as a few other test riders of mine put time in on the Brakes and never had any concerns of failure or other problems. It is unfortunate for the recall but TRP did bring out a good product to the market and have voluntarily recalled the product to protect their users at a big financial loss to them. The TRP spyre still out performs all its other competitors. Look at the reviews done on the brake so far.

  4. Pedals on

    “We have discovered that in a specific scenario, the balls can be forced from the ramps if the actuator arm is fully activated to its stop with excessively worn or no pads installed.”

    Translation: OPERATOR ERROR.

  5. CXisfun on

    @Pedals: BINGO! TRP was able to prevent every.single.idiot situation.
    @Eyal: If you’re waiting for Campy’s 3rd iteration, 2017 will be loooooong past. You’ll be lucky to have the 1st gen Campy disc available by the 2017 model year.

  6. Eyal on

    I’ve already seen the campag design being tested, but can’t say more.

    Just look the at the iPhone. The damn thing was so well tested when it came out. Some technologies and some companies don’t let things in the market unless they’re solid. Most companies in the cycling industry can’t afford to do that, it just the nature of the tech. I’m not saying Trp or or Sram or Shimano are wrong for rushing to the market.

  7. Rojoleon on

    @Eyal – The iPhone 4 had an issue dropping calls when you touched a certain part of the outer edge of the phone; there was a whole stink about it when the phone came out.

  8. Eyal on

    @Rojoleon google it. Apple showed how all phones at that time suffered from that issue. Besides, the company acted very responsibly and the fired the VP who led the iPhone team!

  9. Mark on

    Eyal. Disc brakes for CX should work just as well as they do for mtb’s. Avid makes the BB7 for road/CX use. I wouldn’t dick around with Campy disc or TRP. Hope Technology out of the UK makes a cable actuated hydraulic disc brake (cable actuates a master cylinder) and they make some of the best disc brakes in the industry.


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