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Old 09-17-09, 08:52 PM
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these brake thingies...

don't know what to call them...

these are the first ones I have had break...

bike is an excellent condition Hardrock GSX and all but one was broken...

can they be bought?

thanks in advance
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Old 09-17-09, 09:38 PM
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They are pieces of the brake assemblies. I don't think you will find replacements -- but if you are determined and have more time than money, maybe ask if you can dig through the salvaged parts bins at the LBS -- you might get lucky. More likely you will just have to invest in some new brakes
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Old 09-17-09, 10:12 PM
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Originally Posted by ginsoakedboy View Post
They are pieces of the brake assemblies. I don't think you will find replacements -- but if you are determined and have more time than money, maybe ask if you can dig through the salvaged parts bins at the LBS -- you might get lucky. More likely you will just have to invest in some new brakes
Yeah, don't even bother. Those brakes are worth about $2. A new shimano set that are decent will cost around $13. That don't feature crappy plastic spring housings.
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Old 09-17-09, 10:24 PM
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Don't be cheap and try cutting corners. The brakes on the bicycle are among the most important components you have. They can literally save your like. How much is that worth?
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Old 09-17-09, 10:35 PM
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Think of it as an opportunity for an upgrade.
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If you go to a regular bike shop, there unlikely to have MTB cantis. So he would have to get a full V brake set, with levers.
Hope the gear shifters are seperate from the levers
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Old 09-18-09, 05:43 AM
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Originally Posted by griftereck View Post
If you go to a regular bike shop, there unlikely to have MTB cantis. So he would have to get a full V brake set, with levers.
Hope the gear shifters are seperate from the levers
"MTB" cantis are the same as any other canti brake. Any shop that knows what a cyclocross bike is should have at least some cantis in stock. Otherwise, just order online. I've seen full canti setups for less than the cost of new brake pads.
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Originally Posted by joejack951 View Post
"MTB" cantis are the same as any other canti brake. Any shop that knows what a cyclocross bike is should have at least some cantis in stock. Otherwise, just order online. I've seen full canti setups for less than the cost of new brake pads.
Those cantis most likely sucked hard if they cost less than your standard brake pad. If you are going canti, grab a set of one of these BR550.

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Those cantis most likely sucked hard if they cost less than your standard brake pad. If you are going canti, grab a set of one of these BR550.
I never said that they were great brakes, just that they were cheap. The OP obviously had some very cheap brakes on his bike and he wasn't complaining about stopping power so pretty much anything should do the trick.
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Yeah. Those brakes have been known for having that failure. New brake time. We have a few Altus brakes in stock, 14.95 each. For a long while, all of the distributers were out of them. FINALLY got them back in.
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Old 09-18-09, 07:21 PM
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Yeah. Those brakes have been known for having that failure. New brake time. We have a few Altus brakes in stock, 14.95 each. For a long while, all of the distributers were out of them. FINALLY got them back in.
Everyone buys those because they are cheap. They also suck.
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Everyone buys those because they are cheap. They also suck.
Well, they work, at least for a bit. Chances are most people who have those ones that have the breaking plastic issue won't care if they have the top of the line brakes. Altus works. As a matter of fact, when only the $40/pair brakes were available, and we offered them to people who needed new brakes for this reason, they rejected the offer, with the appearance that we just told them they won the lottery. $80 to replace 2 pairs of brakes is a lot for some, and a lot of the time, the Altus ones do just fine..

Not really sure why I just went on this rant/rampage kind of thing, nothing personal.
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Not really sure why I just went on this rant/rampage kind of thing, nothing personal.
You are just stating reality. Most people would rather buy a new bike than spend $80 to fix an older one up, especially if they did not buy the bike new. I've heard of people buying a new bike because of a flat tire.
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