Teaser: New Hydros from Ashima

A mystery box arrived on my desk last week, the contents of which attracted loads of interest around here: Ashima composite body hydraulic disc brakes. The 180mm front and 160mm rear setup looks super trick with red anodized highlights at the lever and caliper. But the real attention getter is the composite body. That’s right: these babies are light. Weight for front caliper/hose/lever is 197g, rear is 213g (zip ties included). By comparison Bike Rumor’s first look at the 2011 Shimano XTR Race version came in at 215g front 229g rear.

I won’t go into too much more detail, as I plan to throw up another post as soon as these brakes are mounted on my new ride. Yep, it’s also new bike day! It will be my first foray into the world of singlespeed 29ers and my second new bike in less than a month. The first was the steel cyclocross bike I mentioned in my January post about off-season training. It’s a spree, and I couldn’t be happier.