When we end our time with a product, we generally have a pretty good grasp on what we like and don’t like about it—the good points and the not-so-good points, if you will. Sometimes, we even have suggestions for the manufacturers pertaining to future revisions (though not necessarily in article format). This is not one of those times. After a thousand miles, we can sum up our feelings on the TriRig Omega in one word: Perfect.
Put bluntly, this is the best mechanical brake we have ever ridden, bar none. From the incredible ease of installation (it took Devon perhaps 15 minutes from start to finish) to the speed at which one can adjust the width of the brakes from super narrow for traditional wheels to gaping maws for the latest wide wheel, the Omega just delivers spectacularly. The modulation and feel of the brake are superb; the fairing not only cuts the wind but keeps the normal road grime out of the center-pull mechanism surprisingly well.
It is worth noting that in our original article (here), Devon had set the brake line a little too tight, and as a consequence, had less braking force than he ought to have had for the first ride. Once realized and corrected, we noticed a significant improvement in clamping force and could easily modulate from an all-out sprint to a dead stop with a moderate squeeze to the brake lever–really pulling hard would actually lock up the front wheel. Let’s just say that it’s been a long time since a front brake on a TT bike had that kind of stopping power.
In all, TriRig has what we consider to be the best mechanical rim brake on the market, and at a steal of a price to boot. It is aerodynamically faired, easily set for different wheels, stops fantastically well, and has more feel in the lever than we’ve had in a long time. Honestly, we’re a little shocked at how, well, good this brake is. Devon has threatened a number of unpleasant things if he has to give it up, and we think that’s all you really need to know about what we think about the TriRig Omega.