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    Name these brakes.

    Ok, look at the woman on the cruiser in the very front of the photo. I know you can't see much, but you can see the top of the front brake system. What brakes are these? I am thinking they would work good on my 92 Trek 830.


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    those are cheapo stamped steel sidepull caliper brakes
    found on department store bikes, and they dont work very well

    quick google search says your Trek 830 ??Antelope?? is a mountain bike, and it uses cantilever brakes, not calipers
    so the ones in the photo are the wrong type for you
    why are you looking for new brakes and why were you intersted in the ones in the photo particularly?

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    Just thought they may be somewhat of an upgrade. Just looking for something easier to adjust.

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    Get a good set of v-brakes or upgrade your cantis. The better the quality, the easier to adjust and stay adjusted.
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    Looks like the V brakes will be the way to go. I was also trying to keep my current levers. I have a cheap donor bike that has V brakes and levers, so I may switch them over to test them out. Only thing is, is I have my first riding event next weekend, so the question is do I go ahead and switch them out, or wait?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolefan View Post
    Looks like the V brakes will be the way to go. I was also trying to keep my current levers. I have a cheap donor bike that has V brakes and levers, so I may switch them over to test them out. Only thing is, is I have my first riding event next weekend, so the question is do I go ahead and switch them out, or wait?
    I'd wait. That can be a bigger job than you're probably thinking.

    You're going to need new cables and housings. Also, almost surely, you're going to have to re-engineer the rear cable run. V-brakes need a section of cable housing to work and many canty brake equipped bikes don't have a rear cable stop where you need one.

    The simplest solution is to run cable housing all the way from the brake lever and zip tie it to the top tube. If you want it to look more "factory" it's possible to buy a clamp-on cable stop but be careful to find one that matches your top tube diameter.

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    I have switched two different bikes from cantis to V-brakes. It's not a hard job. Cable stops were not an issue. Cantilever brakes need a cable stop right above them, V's don't. The cable can be run in the stock location. You'll need new levers, cable+housings, and the brakes themselves. Try some Kool Stop pads on your existing brakes- big improvement. Properly set up, brakes don't need much adjusting.

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    I think I am going to go the Linear Brakes in August once I have the bike torn down for powdercoat. Thanks for the help everyone. Any suggestions on budget V Brake systems? How about the Shimano Acera?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nolefan View Post
    I think I am going to go the Linear Brakes in August once I have the bike torn down for powdercoat. Thanks for the help everyone. Any suggestions on budget V Brake systems? How about the Shimano Acera?
    Acera's are OK. That's my general recommendation for when ProMax linear pulls die. They're also a good replacement choice for Shimano canty brakes that have cracked return spring retainers.

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    Don't forget that v-brakes/linear pull need different brake levers than your old cantilevers. The cable pull ratio is different.
    Your shifters arent integrated with the brake levers are they? if so they'll have to go too...

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    Yes, the brake levers/shifters are integrated, but the shifters on my wife’s bike are skipping even after multiple cleaning, so she is getting new shifters and I am stealing her old shifter mounts

    What is the best source for kool stop pads? I may give those a try for now, as it will be August before I strip her down and get her powdercoated.

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    The brakes in the pic are alloy, lightweight sidepulls better suited to roadbikes where weight is more the concern. They work well but I'd not want a set on my MTB (if I had one).

    My 3 bikes are classic/vintage roadbikes (some are racers) and they all have alloy sidepull brakesets. They stop me very well.
    Having a flat tire as part of the total cycling experience is highly overrated. Knowing how to fix one quickly is not.

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    The ones in lower right , front are a long reach side pull, of no particular quality.

    FWIW, after trying them for a few years , my favorite brakes,
    to mount on a V/cantilever brake boss on the forks, and rear stays,..
    .. straight bar lever.
    is German . Magura HS33. the hydraulic rim brake. ..
    in their 20th year of production ..
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