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I had to do it

I just had to do it. The experience at Shriek Grootlo and using their Karcher power washers had me in extacy.

So in the spirit of feeling Belgie, I pulled the trigger on one:

When does cross start again?

ON TEST!: The TRP EuroX Carbon Brake Set ..on the bike and first tries

So the TRP Carbons have been set up and ready to go. Due to the time constraints of working and trying to prep for the trip, Mike and Dwayne and Boulder Cycle Sport got these on and ready for me in a day. After the trip, I plan on disassembling then re-mounting to see how easy they are but there is truly NOTHING to the install. Just slide on the posts, set the tension spring pin win the guide hole and tighten down to the correct torque.

I did however personally swap out the aluminum pads for the carbon pads and got a chance to pre-ride them albeit briefly. They are nice and gummy, the way I like them with little to no chirp/chatter or squeal against the FSA 488's surface. The previous pads used (SwissStop yellow carbon compound) were similar albeit not as smooth as the cork pads the TRP's come with.

The brief pre-ride proved that the pads and the arms (along with the killer set up the BCS boys provided) allowed for really nice/gradual modulation the way I prefer it. I don't want grabbiness at teh beginning of the stroke...only when I really pull those levers to the bar. That's what they felt like. We'll see how they work when I get some holy mud and gunk on them!

The TRP EuroX Carbons

The steed ready for boxing-up then battle.

Decisions, decisions

In a bit of a dilemma. This is the problem space I am dealing with:
Oh, and I need to squeeze in my street clothes. D'oh! Now, I need to quit my over thinking, pare down, and take what I need. At this point I have two of everything:

  • Two Rock Lobsters in a Tri All case
  • Two sets of wheels in a Tri All wheel case
  • Various small tools
  • Helmet
  • Two sets of Oakleys
  • Two sets of shoes (OK, 3)
  • Two sets of gloves (OK 4)
  • Two sets of leg warmers
  • Two sets of base layers
  • Two different kinds of leg oils
  • Two different kind of knit caps and cycling caps
  • Three skin suits
  • Two cold weather jackets
  • Two light weather jackets
  • Two rain jackets
  • Over pants for the wet and muddy pre-rides
  • A week's wort of street clothes
  • Beauty aids including bubble bath and my rubber ducky
  • Computer and camera for blogilicious reports from the motherland
  • EU Power Adapter
  • Maps and books
I should have chartered a GV. I am personally contributing to extending the war with all the extra fuel United is gonna need to make it to Brussels!

ON TEST!: The TRP EuroX Carbon Brake Set

So last week I spoke of my lust for the new carbon braking goodness TRP is set to bring to us at effective price points and insanely low weights. My good friends at TRP want me to help prove what's in their pudding by racing these bad boys in the Belgium pudding (mud) on my upcoming trip and sent on a set of their Euro Carbon Pro's. I will baptize them accordingly....likely married to my set of FSA-488 Carbon rims. I'm scrambling to get things packed and organized but will report in upcoming days on installation, use, care, etc.

Thank you Lance and TRP!!

'cross on.

TRP EuroX Carbon's have arriveth in Boulder

Set the scene: I walk into BCS and Brandon has a big shit eating grin.

Greg: Hey Dubba, what up?
Brandon: (maniacally smiles)
Greg: Seriously, what's up man? Do you have gas or something?
Brandon: (whips out a bag from behind the counter to display the carbon lust bits).
Greg: (wet spot materializes)

Behold, the TRP EuroX Carbons from TRP. Oh, God.

I originally reported on the white magnesium jobbies back a few months ago and now this set has arrived at of a handful here in the US being tested. I am not wearing stars-n-bars like a certain 35 Master is, so I'll have to live my improved braking experiences vicariously through Brandon and his Cheshire Cat grin.

The Aluminum Version on Dwayne's scale:

The EuroX Carbons:Just let me know if I can help test these any time, B, Seriously. No, seriously.

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