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VO Grand Cru Zeste Cantilever Brakeset - Anyone Tried Them?

Old 10-12-18, 07:39 PM
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VO Grand Cru Zeste Cantilever Brakeset - Anyone Tried Them?

Has anyone had any experience with the Velo Orange Grand Cru Zeste Cantilever Brakes? I have an older road bike that is fairly retro looking and I thought this cantilever brakeset would look awesome on that bike.
But I cannot find any reviews or posts on them regarding quality/performance etc. Anyone have any experience with these?
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I suspect you'll find much the same function as the Shimano cantis of the early 190s had. The CT90 is their current version. What we use to call "low profile" for the lack of canti sticking out from the frame. IIRC with drop bar levers the lack of much cable pull meant that the pad/rim clearances had to be carefully set. How much straddle cable length affected the "power" and the chance of lever bottoming out. Interestingly the VO web site photo shows the straddle cable at it's least powerful set up. Andy
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I had a set on my touring bike. They worked just fine and were very easy to set up, although, as Andrew points out, if you adjust them the way VO suggests, they aren't very powerful. I eventually ignored the VO instructions and set them up in a more traditional way, with a 90 degree angle between the stradle cable and the canti arm. That helped a lot. My biggest complaint with them was that the pads wore very quickly. I needed to replace the front pads within months of installing them, and I wasn't putting that many miles on the bike. I eventually replaced them (the brakes, not just the pads) with some old Suntours with Kool Stop pads.
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Thanks Palmer. I greatly appreciate the feedback.

Other than the kind of retro look to the brakes. One of the attractions is they use road pads which I should be able to just replace the pad inside of a holder if I put the cartridge type in. Like you this would is not my primary bike but rather just a recreational ride bike - so even if it needs a pads once a year not big deal.

My LBS guy is a vintage bike expert so I will probably just let him set them up and figure out the best angle.
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would need the bosses on the frame fairly wide apart ..
I think they just got A big order in with TRP/Tektro
and so got them shiny, rather than black ..

you could have gotten them cut from carbon fiber sheet, a few years ago,
There was a Rabo Bank team color set like the NL Cyclocross squad used..
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