Has the new TRP Tektro MTB groupset got what it takes to be a contender?

Lay out shot of the new TRP Evo groupset
The Evo groupset aims to provide superior craftsmanship throughout (Image credit: TRP)

Fresh off the back of yesterday's launch of the new SRAM XX SL Eagle groupset, and with the cycling industry going into a meltdown over the SRAM launch, TRP (Tektro Racing Products) may have slightly mistimed the launch of its own new Evo groupset. However, TRP promises cutting-edge technology, superior craftsmanship, and impeccable attention to detail, with the Evo groupset being aimed to challenge as one of the best mountain bike groupsets on the market.

Tektro has been around since 1986, starting with just twenty employees in Changhua, Taiwan. It launched its first hydraulic disc brake in 1999, which still is the company‘s most successful and important product. Now with production facilities in Taiwan and China it has over 1,200 employees. They founded TRP in 2006 and Tektro Racing Products have since created multiple product success stories and numerous race wins in downhill mountain biking and cyclocross. They have also recently partnered with Bosch eBike, becoming the second brake manufacturer to offer a brake option for the Bosch ABS system.

TRP Evo rider Millie Johnset riding downhill mountain bike

TRP have had numerous race wins in downhill mountain biking  (Image credit: TRP)

The new EVO groupset, according to TRP, is an evolution that starts with a number of improvements made over the first-generation groupset. With advancements in the clutch system, cage release, and Hall lock, performance and usability have been enhanced. TRP claims that its Hall lock function, in comparison to other shifting systems, is intended to lessen drivetrain noise by stabilizing the derailleur on the mounting bolt.

An improved, silent clutch is intended to make the entire shifting system quieter and is also intended to reduce undesirable chain slap. TRP further claims that their cage release will simplify the process of replacing tires.

Other innovations include a completely new shifter design with increased ergonomics and a shift mode button that gives riders the option of a full sweep of up to four shifts or one gear change each shift. According to TRP, the combination of all these properties results in a shifting system that is smooth, accurate, and effective.

The 1x chainring is paired with cranks that are available in carbon or forged aluminum and have tooth profiles that should keep the chain in place even on the roughest terrain.

According to the brand, they are dedicated to provide the best performing and highest quality components available. Around 90 percent of the TRP Evo groupset is produced internally as part of this commitment for the highest standards of quality control.

The TRP Evo groupset will be available for purchase in mid-April, online and from select dealers worldwide with pricing still to be confirmed. For further information head to trpcycling.com and we're expecting to see the new groupset in the flesh at the Sea Otter Classic bike show.

Paul Brett
Staff writer

Paul Brett is a staff writer for BikePerfect.com. He has been an avid cyclist for as long as he can remember, initially catching the mountain biking bug in the 1990s, and raced mountain bikes for over a decade before injury cut short a glittering career. He’s since developed an obsession for gravel riding and recently has dabbled in the dark art of cyclocross. A fan of the idea of bikepacking he has occasionally got involved and has ridden routes like the North Coast 500, Scotland and the Via Francigena (Pilgrim Route), Italy.

Current rides: Marin Alpine Trail 2, Ribble 725, Cube Stereo 160

Height: 175cm