Omega, pt 5: the Final Prototype

 Mar 2, 2012 article & images by Nick Salazar

The Omega is now in production! Get yours from the TriRig Store.
There's a new gallery of the final Omega prototype, over on facebook.

So, I've got some Omega news. Big news. The brake is nearly ready, and I've just received my final prototype. And I've posted a gallery of it over on the TriRig facebook page. UPDATE: the gallery has now been posted to this page, for those of you who don't have access to facebook.

This is the final prototype, which I'll be evaluating closely this week. I'm just about ready to announce all the details, including pricing, weight and the all-important release date. For now, I'll tell you that the brake will be less than $199, weigh LESS than 139g (including the cable hanger), and will be available very soon. I don't want to commit to a date just yet, but I'll post more info about this little beauty as it becomes available. Enjoy!

Tags » centerpull,  omega,  omegastory,  tririg
  • The final version of the TriRig Omega
  • The new front plate is rounder for smoother airflow.
  • In some ways, the TriRig Omega is like a modern, updated Hooker SL - it uses standard pads, has adjustment capabilities for wide rims, and can be used as a rear brake - all features the Hooker lacked. It's also lighter.
  • The TriRig Omega next to an old Hooker SL
  • The Omega will come standard with Kool Stop salmon pads, the best alloy-rim pad on the market.  I'll have Carbon pads available for those who want them.
  • The TriRig Omega brake on a P3 with a Zipp 404 Firecrest front wheel.
  • There's plenty of pad clearance - and this doesn't even max out the Omega's adjustment range.
  • The Omega is a great match for the P3.
  • Viewed from the front, you can see that the Omega hides COMPLETELY within the P3's fork, which is probably the narrowest road fork on the market. Yet it still has plenty of tire clearance, in case you want to run big beefy tires (shown here are 21mm Zipp Tangente tires).
  • Used as a rear brake (sorry, this prototype has some mismatched colors), the ultra-narrow Omega still does a great job of staying out of the way. You can see there's still plenty of tire clearance, even with the thicker 23mm Zipp Tangente tire used in the rear.
  • This shot of the mismatch-color prototype gives you a clear view of how the cable hanger detaches.  A solid piece replaces it when you're not using the hanger (as shown in the shots of the front brake).

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