TRP takes a different approach to offering 12-speed, focussing on just the 12-speed shifter and rear mech for the TRP TR12.
TRP released the DH7 downhill shifting combo last year, now based on the same tech here’s the TRP TR12, a 12-speed shifter and rear mech designed for trail, enduro and XC riding.
With an ever-growing choice of 12-speed drivetrains, TRP has decided to enter the market not with a complete system but with a 12-speed shifter and matching derailleur, and like the DH7 launched before it, the TR12 system has some innovative features.
First up is the Hall Lock, a feature named after John Hall, the mechanic of WC racer Aaron Gwin. The Hall Lock is a mechanism that is used to lock the rotating of the B knuckle on the rear mech. Unlock the system and you’ll be easily able to remove the rear wheel, turn it locks the mech in place and helps to ensure a super silent drivetrain and accurate shifting even over the most challenge terrain.
To further ensure a quiet system and to help prevent chain drop, the clutch on the TR12 rear mech is an adjustable ratchet-style design. As well as helping with chain security it can also be adjusted to suit chain growth of different suspension systems.
While the TR12 is the first 12-speed mech from the brand, it’s clear that this is a high-end product. The cage and upper link are made from lightweight carbon fibre and sealed cartridge bearings are used for all pulleys for smooth operation.
At the opposite end of the system we find the TR12 shifter, an ergonomic shifter again designed with the help of Aaron Gwin. TRP worked with Gwin to design a shifter with a linear path to mimic the motion of a rider thumb, rather than rotating away as we see on other shifters. This is meant to offer constant contact with the thumb for better grip and shifting performance.
The new shifter also boasts a rider-adjustable ‘home’ position with up to 40-degree of movement so you can dial it in just how you like. More use of carbon fibre shows once again that TRP is aiming at high-end drivetrains with the TR12 and the use of ball bearings promise smoother shifting.
TRP will offer the TR12 system in a range of colours including all black, black/gold and black/silver. Claimed weight for the shifter is 120g while the mech weighs 282g.
TRP will be offering the TR12 as a shifting unit only, so customers can choose from any of the 12-speed chains and cassettes currently on the market to build a system that works best for them and their wallet.
TRP will offer the TR12 as a system for £330 or as separate units. A TR12 rear mech will be priced at £240 while the TR12 shifter is priced at £120. Both are up for pre-order right now through UK distributor Upgrade.