Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Salem Oregon
Bikes: 1986 Diamondback Ascent 1996 Klein Pulse Comp, 2006 Specialized Sequoia Elite
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv
Your bike is specified to have "long reach" calipers. That probably rules out 105 or Ultegra which are short reach. Your brakes may be Tektro, which can be decent. If you aren't using Koolstop salmon pads, try them. After that, look to cable issues.
Hmm. My LBS said he had Ultegra calipers that would work for my application for $175. I did a Google search for long reach Ultegra calipers and didn't find anything.
I don't think my current brakes are Tektro - they appear to be spec'd specifically for Specialized. There aren't any identifying marks on the brakes anywhere that I can see.
I did change my brake pads which helped quite a bit. I actually want to replace the brakes on my 80's Trek road bike and thought I use the brakes off my Specialized and get better brakes for touring.
Edit: Thanks for the heads up on "long reach/ short reach" shelbyfv. I had no idea - I figured caliper breaks were all the same. I'll need to see if the brakes from my Specialized will work on my Trek. I'm sure the Trek is short reach, so the brakes on the Specialized may be too long.
Last edited by mtnbud; 05-22-12 at 07:33 PM.