Did you know that 13 million brakes are made each year by Tektro TRP? Did you know that that takes 3,200 tonnes of aluminium? Did you know that Tektro have 160 CNC machines, and that no one needs to operate them? See that last bit wasn’t true, everyone was just at lunch.

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Did you know that Tektro TRP have won multiple World Cup, World Championship, and Olympic medals under the likes of Niels Albert and Aaron Gwin here. But, did you also know that they’ve won countless titles having made brakes for other people as well? Did you know that 1,200 people work here? No? I think we need to find out a little bit more. As part of our mini tour of Taiwan to look inside the bike industry, we’ve stopped by to see the folks at Tektro TRP. See how they do things. From making five million hydraulic disc brakes per year, right through to the advanced R&D facility that helps them create products for riders like Aaron Gwin.

Come on, you know who Aaron Gwin is, mountain bike legend. The guy that won a Downhill World Cup, even though he snapped his chain on the second pedal stroke. Yeah, that guy. Now, in total, they have three manufacturing facilities. Two in China that handle the more entry level market, and then this one here in Taiwan which acts as their global headquarters and where all the advanced manufacturing, high end brakes are made. Now if you are confused as to why some parts say Tektro, and some say TRP, and yet, I’m talking about Tektro/TRP in the same breath, is because although they are two distinct brands, they are inextricably linked. So think kind of Toyota and Lexus. Tektro was launched back in 1986, and then TRP came in 2006, aimed as the high end brand. Right then, let’s go and see how brakes are made. ♪ Boo da buh boo da buh boo da bah boo ♪ Before we start making anything, we of course need a design, so we’ve come to the upper floors to see that happen. Magic key card Okay, so there’s about 25 people work in this particular part. There’s actually another 30 people down the road in an advanced R&D facility who are looking further into the future. But when you look around here, you actually get a real feel of what goes on. There’s prototype brakes everywhere you look, and some things I hadn’t expected to see as well.

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49 COMMENTS

  1. Nice video, but I'm unclear on whether these brakes have ever been used by someone famous. Like maybe a rider who's won an MTB championship. Maybe even someone who's managed to win a race after breaking his chain on the second pedal stroke out of the starting gate.

  2. That place is a dream. Imagine the stuff you could make. To be fair I had a set of tektros and I was doubtful of quality and proformane. They never let me down once and out lived the bike with no services or anything. They just worked. Now I know why. ?

  3. Now that was an interesting show. It's obvious that if that Yank chap who snapped his chain on the 2nd pedal stroke, still went on to win the race, doesn't make much use of his sponsors product. That's quite a slap in the face for them.

  4. These factory tours and inside looks with your sponsors and other manufacturers are absolute gems.

    I must say the editing and filming of this video is extremely polished with lots of good nuances – so chapeau to the man holding the mammoth of camera and also to the team on buttons editing the footage for the youtubers.

    Thanks and a thumbs up.

  5. In your discussion of the two brands and their connection, what if you pointed out that TRP stands for "Tektro Racing Products"????

  6. I hope you guys got a dozen of those laser engraved GCN brake calipers to give away as prizes!! 🙂 Awesome tour of a typical factory in Taiwan & a look at all the hard work guys & girls put in on the factory floor to make one small part on our bikes!! Big thumbs up!!

  7. All of my bikes have Shimano brakes. GCN can easily do a documentary on how Shimano came to dominate the bicycle component industry!

  8. When I upgraded my MTB drivetrain to 1x XT, I kept the Tektro Auriga brakes as they were perfectly adequate for the riding I do.

  9. The best scene, Si standing next to a laser with three warning signs and an operator behind a protective screen, says “I can’t get enough of laser etching”. Actually Si you got way too much laser etching. Do you still see the light when you blink Si?

  10. Fantastic vid, really like the factory tours. I have worked as tool designer for the last 30 years in aerospace (Boeing) so i can appreciate the tooling work that needs to be done to produce this product. Looks like Tektro has a-lot of tooling automation. You showed us the product design offices, did you see the tool design offices? Keep these factory tour coming, Thanks!!!!!!

  11. Tektro is shit no matter how many cnc machines they have! You guys should stop selling your soul to stupid companies. Have a taste and opinion of yourselves not just shift by whoever pays you!

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