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Old 07-28-07, 10:56 AM   #1
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Best Brakes w/0 canti bosses?

Hello,

I have a 90' trek 420 and would like to do some touring with it. Currently the bike is in excellent shape with a very generous range of gearing. My questions is about appropriate brakes for loaded touring. The current brakes are shimano blaze calipers which work well for just riding and commuting. Are canti brakes really the best and only choice? I can always get a new fork and have bosses welded on to the rear triangle but would rather not.

Suggestions please?
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IMHO, I wouldn't go to that much trouble. Calipers are satisfactory if they are dialed in.

If your bike has non-aero levers, do yourself a favor and get some nice modern ergo "Campy" style levers like the Cane Creek or Tektro--$20-30. Really improves the braking leverage and comfort over the old fashioned non-aero levers! While you're at it, buy some salmon KoolStop pads and replace the cable housing with something modern. You will notice a dramatic improvement.
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IMHO, I wouldn't go to that much trouble. Calipers are satisfactory if they are dialed in.

If your bike has non-aero levers, do yourself a favor and get some nice modern ergo "Campy" style levers like the Cane Creek or Tektro--$20-30. Really improves the braking leverage and comfort over the old fashioned non-aero levers! While you're at it, buy some salmon KoolStop pads and replace the cable housing with something modern. You will notice a dramatic improvement.
Great advice. Listen to Ronzorini.
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Yeah, new levers, housing, cables, pads (Tektro/Crane Creek)--- go a long, long way. The standard reach Tektro calipers are really nice as well-- and are cheap.
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Thanks for the advice.
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What are aero levers?
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What are aero levers?
Cable routing goes under the bar tape unlike the older brake levers with the cable shooting out from the top of the hood.
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It's the difference in the cable routing.... The "aerodynamic" part probably only benefits racers, but aero brake levers sure look a lot cleaner.

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It's the difference in the cable routing.... The "aerodynamic" part probably only benefits racers, but aero brake levers sure look a lot cleaner.
Being a retro-grouch, I personally like the retro look of the old levers/hoods/cables...but man, they sure are hard on the hands. BTW, Cane Creek makes the hoods in a traditional tan gum rubber. Best of both worlds.

Another benefit of the aero levers is that you can flip the bike over for roadside repairs and not squish the cables.

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Touring bikes tend to have canti brakes because they run bigger tires and, frequently, fenders. Both are more easily set up with cantis because cantis offer far more clearance. In my experience, road calipers provide better braking. They are also easier to set up.
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