Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Upland Ca
Bikes: Lemond Chambery/Cannondale R-900/Trek 8000 MTB/Burley Duet tandem
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My $1000 range Lemond came with decent calipers. No name stamped on the shiny finish but they work. After the replaceable pads wore, I replaced them with Ultegra shoes ($10). I priced the replacement inserts, $30?
....I go the entire shoe for $10 and the pad material is thicker!
Well I installed them and they wrok great. Didn't need fancy calipers. I have other bikes with Ultegra, 105's and such. These just as well. I'm 240 so I get pretty good speeds (45 mph) while descending on mountain rides. Perfectly fine for stopping my body mass. I can't understand when I hear liteweight guys talking about upgrading to Dura Ace cause the Ultegra is weak. I've read plenty of these posts and not many even ride in the mountains!
If you have extra money and want the bling bling, then go for it!