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Old 01-26-10, 12:46 PM   #1
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new cyclocross brakes (spooky vs. eurox)

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the topic title kinda says it all. I am looking to upgrade my brakes and I think I have it narrowed down to two options... I am open to others though. I am looking at spooky and trp euroX. both come in regular and carbon. I have a carbon bike and it might be cool to match the brakes but i am not heart set on it. the eurox mag are way too rich for my blood. So basically spooky or eurox; carbon or no carbon? thanks!
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Can you explain a little bit about what conditions you ride/race? That would have a big impact of what brakes work better for you.
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i am mainly using this bike as a commuter. I do not plan on racing it but i am going to use it in wet, muddy conditions. I am looking for a great set of brakes that i wont be bummed to put on a new, better frame someday...
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If you are mostly staying on the road but the road gets dirty, I would use something like these:
TRP CR950


They are carbon and light, but unlike the wider profile brakes they will braking similar to road calipers if set up correctly. This is a generalization but, most wide profile brakes trade braking power for clearance. Clearance in a muddy race is important but whiplash producing braking power is not.
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What brakes do you have now? What's the bike and fork? Do you have brake squeal or fork judder?

Unless "wet, muddy conditions" mean "ploughing through seas of mud" as in some cross races on churned (even hose softened) tracks, rather than normal off road, you might be happier adjusting your current brakes and putting Salmon Kool Stop pads on them. Or v-brakes and a Travel Adaptor. Specialist cross brakes are for rather specialized conditions.
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I have a 2003 or 04 Alan X33 frame (carbon tubes w/ alum. lugs). I have some decent shimano brakes on it right now but they could use an upgrade. I plan on building myself another bike in the future and would like to buy top end parts for my alan in hopes of swapping them in the future. I dont need a ton of braking power but i am mainly using this as a communter. I havent tried cyclocross racing but i do plan on riding the bike on dirt. I guess i am mainly looking for the best commuting brakes with some decent clearance. I dunno, you tell me!?!
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For a high end low profile canti, I'm sticking to my earlier suggestion. I also like the IRD CAFAMs for a less expensive alternative.
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