Bicycle Mechanics - Tektro R350 VS Shimano Tiagra
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I own a Polygon Helios 300 now. My brakeset is Tektro R350 and they are kind of worn. Do you:
1. Advice me to stay on with Tektro or upgrade to Shimano Tiagra brakeset (my crank is 105 while the rest is Sora set)
2. I have little knowledge on Bike components. Is Tektro better than SHimano?
3. What are the things to look out for in choosing a brake set?
01-07-09, 09:47 AM
The calipers are worn or just the brake pads?
Changing the pads makes the biggest difference and is also the cheapest.
01-07-09, 10:03 AM
by "they are kind of worn" I assume you mean the brake pads are worn. brake calipers (the metal part) are much less likely to be worn out.
You're unlikely to get any improvement out of "upgrading" to Shimano brakes, beyond fresh pads.
So instead, you should just buy new pads for your Tektro brakes. Tektro has a good reputation for their brakes, but not so much for their pads (at least the low-end pads), I'd recommend Shimano or Kool-stop pads.
In general, Tektro and Shimano are very different animals.
Shimano makes a full range of bicycle parts, Tektro makes brakes and brake levers. They both make parts of varying expensiveness and quality.
01-07-09, 11:12 PM
Comes with two sets of replaceable pads for the holders.
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