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Old 04-13-06, 12:58 AM   #1
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brake recommendations

i'm gonna have IRO build me a new flip-flop jamie roy in a little while. of course, i'd hate for all of you to label me a useless 'posenger,' so i'm gonna do some work myself.

what kinda brakes are hot these days?

all brakes i've used in the past have come from bargain bins at the co-op.

any suggestions?
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Old 04-13-06, 01:07 AM   #2
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worst thread in days. . . .
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at least i can admit my roots. still, i've grown up.
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i'm gonna have IRO build me a new flip-flop jamie roy in a little while. of course, i'd hate for all of you to label me a useless 'posenger,' so i'm gonna do some work myself.

what kinda brakes are hot these days?

all brakes i've used in the past have come from bargain bins at the co-op.

any suggestions?
what work are you doing yourself? you said it. . .
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or, you could just lend some assistance and not be a tool. . .

recommendations on brakes and levers from anyone would be much appreciated.

thanks in advance.
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Gold plated levers with encrusted diamonds would seem hot... even Paris would dig 'em.
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cross lever + whatever brake lever you can find
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or, you could just lend some assistance and not be a tool. . .

recommendations on brakes and levers from anyone would be much appreciated.

thanks in advance.
I like the Cane Creek SCR-5 road levers quite a bit. They are cheap, comfortable, do the job, and look cool (Campy-ish). Tektro has a similar model that's slightly heavier for a few less $$$. As for little crosstop levers they all seem about the same to me.

For brakes I stand by my original recommendation. Any ol' decent modern caliper will do. Dig around the co-op until you find one and put some Kool Stop pads on it if the pads are shot. The 90's grey dual pivot Shimano 600 brakes that came on my road bike are nice. If the crappy brake on my fixed gear wasn't doing a perfectly adequate job I might look for something like that.

Ok. Those are my recommendations. If you want to spend a bunch of money post this in the road forum
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get a nice dual pivot brake and some koolstop salmon pads. it's also nice to be able to use the dura ace type pad inserts, so something shimano might not be a bad idea. levers depend on your bars.
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Fashion wise: IMHO, be the first one on your block ! old Campy Mono-planars! I've never even seen an actual one, only pictures on ebay.

Function wise: The tectro and cane creek levers are great (as listed already) and massively more comfortable than anything else. One the calipers, look for stiffness and smoothness. Dual pivots are easy to work with but once you learn to adjust single pivots, they are quite good too. I like set ups that allow you to adjust pad contact angle.
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the coolest..........



ohhhhhh, how i want these so bad....
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ohhhhhh, how i want these so bad....
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get a nice dual pivot brake and some koolstop salmon pads. it's also nice to be able to use the dura ace type pad inserts, so something shimano might not be a bad idea. levers depend on your bars.
i agree... dual pivots work super well.

i run 7410 d-a brakes on my road bike and they're super strong.
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Avid SD 7 brakes and levers w/ Koolstop Salmons. They'll stop your bike on a dime. You may fly over the handlebars though.
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Shimano 600s or Ultegras -- the dual pivots are fierce stoppers, especially with the aforementioned Koolstops. Good brakes, and about $25-40 on eBay. Worth it.
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well as long as they stop you from moving forward I'm sure they're fine...

I have a Shimano Sora front brake caliper and a Tektro RX 2.0 cross lever http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/images/BR7312.jpg
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I really like the ultegra caliper. I think they sell them as singles, as well.
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Old 04-13-06, 08:39 PM   #19
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legs...

i am not too picky... the zero gravity ones (as pictures above) are rediculous... my friend got a pair and both weigh in at less than one of his ultegras
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i put a dual pivot tektro on my bike, and i switched back to my single pivot tektro pos. i like the slighly "sloppier" braking, since i only tap on it to help me slow down on the few steep hills on my commute that lead directly into stoplights. i tried adjusting the tension on the dual pivot down, but it just wasn't the same - i got the feeling that they'd stop too fast for me.
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i got some dual pivot tektro crap i dunno, it works.
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i got some dual pivot tektro crap i dunno, it works.
yeah i just stick with the cheap stuff too. I spend my money on parts to make my bike faster.
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Paul Comp. lever + random Tektro rear brake (+ conversion bolt) to run in on the front. Done.
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I bought the cheapest Nashbar ("jailbrake"?) calipers . Works fine, especially since my flat city doesn't require much braking. People have complained about flexing, but I've used it pretty damn infrequently and I've never noticed. The only complaint is that all the chrome parts are rusting. (undestandable, though, since it spent the first few months of its use in Wisconsin...)

Oh...also running the Nashbar cross lever, it's similarly ok.
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