Cyclocross - perpetual brake question
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10-07-07, 02:02 PM
looking to buy new cantis for my cross set up. hopefully, this is somethign that i'll be riding for a while. so my options are
cheaper tektro oryx brakes (set for $26)
something more expensive, like froglegs (~$100 for the set)
or i can blow all my money on pauls ($150 for set).
i guess my question is whether brakes that cost as much as my frame can really be a sensible purchase, and if the tektro stuff won;t work just as well.
i was also looking at the newest tektro brakes that i saw in a post here, but there's nowhere that seems to have them instock.
10-07-07, 02:11 PM
just found these guys online too, apparently made by tektro
but they look really hard to adjust
My Oryx's work fine as long as they're well adjusted. With kool stop pads I can easily lock the wheels up, even on realy steep downhills. I don't have any expeience with really powerful cantis like Pauls, though I imagine they are certainly better, they probably aren't 6 times better, even though they cost 6 times as much.
Whatever you get, I'd get something with V-brake style pads instead of old school cantis. I have both kinds and with the v pads the brakes are way easier to adjust. Kool stop pads help too.
If it were me I'd only shell out for the Pauls if I either had a ton of cash lying around or if I were screaming down some extremely steep singletrack descents (at that point though I might just want to get disc brakes).
The Pauls are really great. They're amazingly easy to adjust and have a great feel. Also, no fork shaking. They come with Kool-Stops, if you're wondering. aebike.com had a great deal a bit ago.
ORYX are easy to adjust. just loosen the pads, hold them to the rim, the tighten. bang, done.
i say go cheap because you know the stuff will wear out if you race every weekend
if you are a contender then go light
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