When certain companies release a new product, you can’t help but sit up and take notice. Paul Component Engineering is one such company. For years, CNC deliciousness has flowed from their doors — in some cases the product is interesting and innovative, like when their now tried and tested ‘Thumbies’ adaptors for downtube shifters hit the market, fulfilling the need of those of us who missed the Deore XT thumb shifters of old. Others are perhaps late to the party but done ‘just so’.
It’s in the latter camp that Paul Component’s new ‘Klamper’ mechanical disc brake sits. We recently had a set on hand to check out up close before they make their way onto the latest bike build of one of Sydney’s most dapper cyclists.
Luckily for us, our backdrop was one of Sydney’s finest car garages, the Classic Throttle Shop. Car fan or not, this is a venue where one struggles not to be in awe of the specimens on show — quite fitting, given our subject.
Whilst the proof of the pudding is in the tasting, you can’t help but look at these Klampers and know they’re going to work. Products aren’t crafted as well as this to perform mid-table; and whilst you might debate the merits of hydraulic versus cable-actuated, I very much doubt there will be debate about the performance of these units.
With the latest flurry of disc road bikes and the current uprising of the Gravel Bike, these are a stand-out entry to the flourishing disc brake caliper market. Should you be in the midst of a new build with mechanical disc brakes on your shopping list, I highly recommend checking these out.