Written by Clifford Lee
Paul Components officially introduced the Klamper mechanical disc brake caliper at Interbike this year. It is a beautifully machined single piston mechanical caliper that Paul worked hard to make lighter, smoother and easier to adjust than the competition.
Paul specifically wanted the pad adjuster dials to be easy to use in the field, without tools (which is a far cry from the array of tools used to adjust Shimano’s CX77, much like our complaints of the earlier CX75 we reviewed). Paul also wanted progressive pad actuation for the best lever feel. The Klamper is made for the relatively short cable pull of road levers and is aimed at the cyclocross and road market.
Using a roller thrust bearing and precise machining the action is light and smooth on the pre-production display models. It uses brake pads compatible with Avid Elixir, so replacement pads will be easy to find in both organic and metallic versions.
The claimed weight per caliper is 199 grams putting the Klamper well below the TRP Spyre SC and Avid BB7SL. The yet-to-be determined cost is approximately $220 per caliper, and the Klamper won’t be available to the public until March 2015, just after ’cross season.
Stay tuned for a much anticipated review of the Klamper.