Since original review in 2018, I have added more pictures, and added some more text.
The Spyke logo on the lever blade actually gives slightly more grip as it’s engraved, but the painted on Spyke logo wears off after few rides. But the surface of the lever gives more grip than a smooth lever, this lever has a texture, which you can probably notice by looking at the pictures.
The brake levers combined with the Spyke caliper results in a rougher lever feel than any hydraulic brakes I have tried so far,
this is due to the return spring in the caliper, it can really be felt through the lever body & lever, the return spring in the lever can also get rough, so you need to lube the moving parts in the lever to avoid squeaking or other noises.
The lever is very similar to Tektro ML520 lever
- Rech adjustment, the reach adjustment allows the lever to be adjusted to kids hands.
- Unlike Shimano Hydraulic brakes i’ve tried in the past, with Servo Vave, this brake lever mechanism do not have progressive actuation, so wire is moved the same amount no matter where you are in the travel, but with Servo Wave like shimano uses, so with TRP Spyke ML800 lever there is no deadzone, the level pulls the wire as soon as you press the lever. Adjusting the reach does not effect how much you can actuate, so no matter if you have short or long fingers you can adjust them to fit you and still be able to brake as hard,
- The placement of the clamping bolt is good, giving you good clearance unlike Shimano’s M615 or M6000 for example
I got the cockpit dialled in with Timber bell, & Bikeyoke dropper post lever,Revgrips 34mm, no compromise was needed to make it work.
- the reach adjustment is on the lever and not on the lever body as on Ml930&ML940 levers this means the reach adjustments much more reliable, the lever stays in the set adjustment, flex in the lever body won’t affect it, but on the ML930
ML940 flex effects the adjustment, due to reach adjustment on lever body.
barrel adjuster it fits well into my fingers and makes it very easy to adjust the wire tension
- up and down play in the lever blade
- No hinged mount, so you have to remove the grips, but for me this is not a deal-breaker.
- Flex in the lever body when braking hard, which also is present in the ML930 levers.
- the use of rivet for wire puller was a bad choice, it causes fast wear, and more play, than when they were new, and it already had a lot of play, In my opinion, bearings or bushings would be a better solution. after some weeks of use the lever made some noises, due to the wear, I had to lube the moving parts, it kept getting worse, I continued to lube it regularly
- flimsy barrel adjusters, they feel nice to grab and adjust but the play is huge.
Product page: https://www.trpcycling.com/product/spyke-lever-set/
The reliable reach adjustment, means I will use the Spyke lever instead of ML930.
But it’s not perfect, it has flaws, the rivets in the lever pullers for example.
A mix of these two levers, with the best elements, plus bearing, or easily changed bushings would make a pretty good lever, but nothing like that exist yet to my knowledge.