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Old 10-07-07, 02:02 PM   #1
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perpetual brake question

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.
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Old 10-07-07, 02:11 PM   #2
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just found these guys online too, apparently made by tektro

but they look really hard to adjust
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Old 10-07-07, 03:04 PM   #3
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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).
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Old 10-07-07, 05:01 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 10-08-07, 09:14 AM   #5
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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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