I just got a set of Planet X brakes from the US headquarter warehouse. I had been researching brakes for a long time but didn't feel confident ordering any of them without feeling or testing them first. I found out that Planet X was based in Portland, OR which is about 15 miles form where I live. I went down and asked if they had any bikes built up with the brake calipers that I could test. They brought me back to their warehouse and let me check out a couple of their bikes. I told the tech that I did not want a dual color though (Original black set is black with a red cam arm). She had a set that she dismantled earlier and said she could put the black cam arm for me which would give me what I was looking for. She also threw on the green swiss stop pads instead of the stock pads that come with them. They were SUPER friendly and wanted to go the extra mile to help me. I told her that I had read about these brakes being difficult to center/install correctly. She said she would install them for me if I needed her to, so I ran home and got my bike. Brought it back and she took it to the back room and set it up. She was very detailed with the install and adjustments. She also took the time to true my rear wheel The quick release seems to have been such a big issue that i thought i would clear the air and tell you it isn't difficult at all. I took some pictures and posted below to show you the process. Literally takes 3 seconds. With a correct set up and green swiss stops, they feel just like my ultegra 6700 calipers. They rate them at 205g, but when she weighed mine they came in at 193g! My ultegra 6700 calipers are 319g just to compare. For $109 they are a great option! When I got the bike home I went on a quick 5 mile ride and they felt great. I didn't notice any difference between these and my ultegra brakes, so for those of you who are using tiagra, tektro or apex and looking for a good brake upgrade this is something i could recommend, especially at a great price! Even if you have an ultegra, DA, force or red and want to save some weight, these will do the trick for sure.
There has been a lot of questions regarding the caliper not having a quick release. This was a concern of mine because there were several people talking about it being some drawn out process or big deal. When I asked the tech about this, she showed me how their system works and it was super easy. Dont really understand what the big deal was. I took some pictures and have included them below to show exactly how it works
IF you are interested in purchasing a set and wanting to see if they will swap out the cam arm, PLEASE do me a favor and DO NOT use me as an example. I would recommend you ask out of curiosity if they can do this for you, but I am sure they do not want to make this an option for each set purchased. I plan on doing doing some work with them in the near future for their grande opening for their showroom with my company and dont want any issues. Thank you.
Here are a couple pictures that will hopefully help give you an idea how to use the planet X quick release
There is a Cam arm that lifts. The cable has a "stopper" attached to it that fits under the cam arm.
Pull up on the cam arm and push down on the "stopper"