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Old 06-20-10, 02:03 AM   #1
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Shimano "Z" brakes

What are shimano Z brakes? I'm looking to buy an old trek elance, but I was wondering about the brakes that come with it. Are they all right?

http://www.vintage-trek.com/images/t...7/87Trek14.jpg

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Old 06-20-10, 02:08 AM   #2
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Seems like the Z-Line was a lower-end model range, though not too terribly low. With some stainless cables, teflon lined housing, and good brake pads they'll likely be fine.
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I don't know, but they have wheel guides so look to be race inspired. Easy enough to swap them over if not but my instinct tells me they will be good quality. Not much help, but just my two cents! The rest of the spec looks good and the Elance frameset has a great reputation.
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Early to mid-eighties, they were OEM on my daughter's Shogun 400 Chrom-Mo. They were offered in nutted and flush mount. I also have them on a Miyata 710 27" to 700c conversion, where their long reach was needed.
They work fine.
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Non-group Exage level I believe. Easy to disassemble for cleaning and polishing, easy to reassemble. Good for single pivots.
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I agree they were a great basic brake. some a good pads and cables and they should work great. I think the 'Z' series more or less did become the Exage line
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Do you think a bike like this is wroth $200, if its in my size and in good shape?

/edit: well I bought it. Definitely worth it.

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Do you think a bike like this is wroth $200, if its in my size and in good shape?

/edit: well I bought it. Definitely worth it.
Probably $200 but not for the Shimano Z brakes. I do know that my old Z-57s (replaced by Campy Veloce D Skeleton brakes). I'd say it is worth 200 for the Reynold's.
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