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The company Trickstuff has been making brakes for 17 years now. During all this time Trickstuff has not only built brakes in Germany but has always produced extraordinary and test winning brake pads and other bike parts. 10 years ago, Klaus Liedler joined the company and has pushed the development and evolution of all our products. 3 years ago the Direttissima brake marked the start of a new chapter in the company's history.
Fromit's introduction, the Direttissima's value has been proven on many occasions. World cup riders are putting it to the test on the highest levels of the sport. Amateurs abuse it on a daily basis. The international bike media praises it as the best brake you can buy for money. Its reputation is growing constantly, and the demand rises just as fast.
You can read about the Direttissima if you click on the links below:
It has bothered us that the Direttissima is not undisputed when it comes to the title of "Highest Braking Power" even though it is considered the brake that needs the least arm strength. The Sram Code, Magura MT7, and especially Formula Cura4 are strong contenders depending on the measuring method.
We wanted to push the boundaries and see if we could not only make a brake that is undoubtedly stronger than anything we've known so far but is still reasonably light and does not stop you like a stick between your spokes. Reliable, intuitive modulation is a Must-Have for any brake. This is why we set out to create the MAXIMA.
The MAXIMA - stronger for better riding.
We've often been asked if stronger brakes are necessary. In the end all real Mountainbike brakes are strong enough to lock your wheels and allow you to skid around. More force will not help with that. That is correct but that is not what this is about.
We all know how forearms and fingers feel after a great day in the bike park. The arms hurt, you can't stretch your fingers, every bump on the trail tests your strength and your front suspension doesn't feel as sensitive as it did at the start of the day.
The Maxima can help with that.
The diagram below shows the result of a comparison of the Maxima and other brakes on the market. The Maxima doesn't help you by being able to lock up a wheel even stronger. It helps you by needing way less finger power to get there. The dotted line represents an assumed braking power at which your wheel would lock up under certain conditions. As you can see, you will need different amounts of finger strength with different brakes. Below this dotted line is your "working range" of applied finger strength or used braking power in real life situations. The Maxima allows you to work with a lot less of your own strength.
This will spare your forearms and fingers. You will have more strength to hold on to your bars and take the hits that your suspension passes on to you. You will be able to ride longer and/or harder. It will be easier to modulate the braking power, and your suspension fork will feel even better.
How does the MAXIMA work? - All features explained
Brake Master Cylinder (BMC)
Lever and piston rod pivoting on 4 ball bearings: Pivots are free of wear and friction, perfect modulation, highest reliability
Additional teflon support ring next to secondary seal: Prevents aluminum piston from rubbing against the cylinder bore for a wear free piston.
Anodized BMC piston bore: Piston bore free from wear: no black brake fluid after months of riding
Lever CNC’d from aviation aluminium (7075 T6): Solid lever design with high stability against breaking and
bending, comfortable lever surface
Moderate toggle lever kinematics: Continuously increasing brake power – from tender
braking at low finger force to immense power at increased finger force
Large support of BMC housing towards handle bar: Strong but tender clamping of delicate carbon
Reservoir volume 3 ml
(biggest reservoir): Caliper pistons self-adjust until final wear of the
Tool free rach adjustment: On-the-fly brake set up. Large reach adjustment range – fits very small to
very big hands
0.15 mm/side: Perfect compromise between enough pad clearance
for rub free caliper adjustment and fast acting lever
No dead stroke adjustment: The common dead stroke adjusters (»Freestroke«,
»Pad contact adjustment«…) only control the lever
stroke, but never control the pad clearance. Racers
wish to have a short lever stroke.
Every MAXIMA is tuned to feature a minimal
stroke. There is no adjustment needed.
Clearly defined bite point: Even when the lever reach is adjusted close to the
handlebar the lever won’t touch the grip
Stable bite point: Trickstuff’s disc rotor’s high thermal capacity
absorbs most of the brake heat and thus protects
the caliper and the brake fluid (BIONOL) from
overheating. Precise machining of all components
causes the bite point to remain at the same place,
even under changing loads.
Brake fluid: Trickstuff/Danico BIONOL: Best in class in lubrication, fluidity, compressibility.
Highest boiling point (420°C). Not aggressive to
paint. Easy bleeding. World’s only biodegradable
hydraulic brake fluid
Compatible to all triggers and Grip Shift: Offers enough space for ergonomic trigger and Grip
Interfaces for Shimano and SRAM trigger
direct mount available: Weight saving, clean cockpit, perfect ergonomics
4 Piston MXA Caliper
Four polished stainless steel pistons
(2 x 16 mm, 2 x 17 mm): Not only for more power but also for good heat insulation, reduces danger of boiling
brake fluid in caliper.
Extremely low tolerances of piston bore: Pistons do not tilt, reliable and symmetrical piston
self-adjustment and retraction.
Two piece caliper with rock solid CNC’d yoke bolts,
7 mm fine thread: Narrow profile; high pre-tension of yoke bolts for
maximum stiffness and hard, clear bite point at
Material: high modulus aviation aluminum 7075T6,
completely CNC’d: Stiffness and long term stability, no material fatigue
Inside hose connector: Protection against breakaway of hose
Goodridge Braided Steel Hose: Highest quality brake hose, extremely low expansion
for very firm bite point, turn in smallest radius,
stands highest mechanical and thermal loads.
Available in various colours. Weight 57grams/meter,
diameter 5.8mm. max pressure 1050 bar
Large pad surface and long profile: Even pad pressure and pad wear, no pad tilting, silent and durable operation
Pad compound Trickstuff POWER: Highest power, low wear, low cost, extremely short
bed in time, organic compound. The best compound
we have ever made.
Dächle Disc rotors
Full steel but ultralight rotors in three sizes: 180/203/223 mm: Brake can be adapted to any intended use by choosing
the appropriate size – one brake fits all!
Size specific rotor thickness: As light as possible, as solid as necessary. High
brake power even under heavy duty conditions. No
warping of the disc even under high thermal stress
World’s only »Dächle« chamfer on outer profile: Eases wheel installation, mainly of the rear wheel.
Rounded edges reduce risk of injury (Chamfer not on 223 mm rotor)
Sophisticated hole pattern: Pad cleaning throughout the entire surface, highest
brake power even under high load and temperature.
Made in Germany: Above 90% of the parts come from south west Germany. Assembly is done completely in the black forest capital Freiburg.
Weight: 290 grams (bled with Bionol, 80 cm hose length, w/o rotors and mounting hardware)
We are not the only ones who are excited
Why did we choose Kickstarter?
As we have described above the demand for our Direttissima is still growing. Also, our Piccola - the lightest hydraulic disc brake on the market - has made a name for itself. From an economic point of view, we do not have to make the MAXIMA, we might even be creating competition within our own product range. Is there a demand for a brake like the MAXIMA? It is super strong, exquisite, beautiful and comes with a price tag. Made in Germany, built in small quantities...
But we really want to realise the MAXIMA. After all, we are just bike lovers who want to create the most fantastic bike parts. This is why we have decided to involve you into our decision-making process and started this Kickstarter campaign. You can be part of it and make it come true.
We do already have working prototypes, that ran through all stages of production as they will be in the future. The brakes have been ridden by Mick Hannah and Nina Hoffmann in the Downhill World cup and the Downhill World Championships. Our Trail & Trial Rider Jakob Breitwieser is proving the incredible modulation of the MAXIMA on a daily basis.
Nina received her Prototype three day before the world championships finals in Lenzerheide 2018. She had two days of practice with the new brake when we surprised her with this little interview.
The question now is, if it is economically wise to undertake a full production run. If we reach the goal, we will build a batch of brakes for supporters of this project. They will be built in the beginning of 2019. The exact time frame will be communicated once it is known how many brakes will have to be build. The first batch of MAXIMA is limited only to our professional team riders and the supporters of this campaign. It will only be available to others months after our supporters have received their brakes.
Risks and challenges
There are two challenges during this project:
Our growing company has run into problems regarding workflow when the demand for Direttissima and Piccola skyrocketed. This resulted in long waiting periods for our customers.
The limitation of the first batch to this campaign will minimize this problem and allow a smooth integration of the MAXIMA into our product range.
The second problem is the demand for the MAXIMA. High end products with unequalled performance always get a lot of attention. We have had more media requests and more social media interactions regarding the MAXIMA than we have had for any other product ever before. But how many people will buy it? We thought about producing a limited amount, but we would rather have you decide and provide everyone with a MAXIMA who wants to buy one.
Do not just receive your personal Maxima. Come to our workshop and build your own set of brakes.
Saturday: building brakes and installing them on your bike. Short ride for beding brakes
Sunday: Shuttle to the Bikepark Todtnau for all Day riding and practice with TRICKSTUFF Teamriders
Trickstuff Rotors of your choice
MAXIMA T-Shirt in a size of your choice