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$1200 brake calipers??

Old 09-05-08, 05:46 PM
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$1200 brake calipers??

must be the most expensive bike component around. this is the
AX-lightness orion brake calipers. I thought audiophile equipment was expensive...
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Old 09-05-08, 05:49 PM
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Light is right.

I have a pair of AX-Lightness Perseus calipers.

Few things are finer than a well engineered, badass component.
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$1200 seems like a bargain when you see them for sale for $1600 here:

http://www.fairwheelbikes.com/axligh...e5ee3c13a46bcd

Egads! 97 grams total for a set (minus pads and bolts of course.). Would I trust my life to them while bombing a tight descent? Hmmm...
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Originally Posted by palesaint View Post
$1200 seems like a bargain when you see them for sale for $1600 here:

http://www.fairwheelbikes.com/axligh...e5ee3c13a46bcd

Egads! 97 grams total for a set (minus pads and bolts of course.). Would I trust my life to them while bombing a tight descent? Hmmm...
The Perseus calipers don't have a problem slowing me down. The Orion calipers wouldn't either.
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Old 09-05-08, 06:20 PM
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It's not like they even stop better than say record skeleton dual pivots with koolstops. Hooray! On top of that they look like shyte.
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Old 09-05-08, 06:25 PM
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It's not like they even stop better than say Shimano 105's with koolstops.
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Old 09-06-08, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by palesaint View Post
$1200 seems like a bargain when you see them for sale for $1600 here:
But............they are German-engineered and free shipping!
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Old 09-06-08, 08:49 AM
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ohh free shipping is the deal then...
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Not sure i agree with the poor looks-i think they look pretty sweet!
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Not sure i agree with the poor looks-i think they look pretty sweet!
your girlfriend shouldn't be much flattered with your taste..
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Originally Posted by BananaTugger View Post
Light is right.

I have a pair of AX-Lightness Perseus calipers.

Few things are finer than a well engineered, badass component.
Now I'm sure you've never actually ridden a bicycle on an actual road in your friggin sop****ric life.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
Now I'm sure you've never actually ridden a bicycle on an actual road in your friggin sop****ric life.
It took you this many of posts.
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Originally Posted by Ih8lucky13 View Post
It took you this many of posts.
Sorry, I was too busy riding. Like this AM, with the vapor locked knee, in the pouring rain.
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Old 09-06-08, 12:29 PM
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I always figure if someones buying stuff like that, they're so busy making money they don't ride enough. Therefore, their light bike is still slower than my heavy one.
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Originally Posted by Hocam View Post
I always figure if someones buying stuff like that, they're so busy making money they don't ride enough. Therefore, their light bike is still slower than my heavy one.
That's why I'll buy the cheaper Carbon Soloist frame. Just to keep it real. I'll put the money I save into new Zipps.
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Brakes are over-rated. I thought the whole idea of road cycling is to go fast and brakes only slow you down.
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Pros don't even use these kind of calipers do they?
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Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
Pros don't even use these kind of calipers do they?
If your bike is already down to minimum race weight, what's the point.
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Originally Posted by CharlieWoo View Post
If your bike is already down to minimum race weight, what's the point.
What's the point period? There is absolutely no way you can justify spending that kind of money to save 100-200 grams. That is the biggest waste of money I have ever heard of. So these calipers are six times better than some ultegra calipers? Is that what I am to believe? Ridiculous.
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Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
Pros don't even use these kind of calipers do they?
of course not. component like that are made for obsessed freaks, god love em.
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Originally Posted by Surferbruce View Post
of course not. component like that are made for obsessed freaks, god love em.
That's kinda what I figured.
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Audioquest Everest 8' speaker cable pair, $11,700

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Originally Posted by skinnyboy View Post
must be the most expensive bike component around. this is the
AX-lightness orion brake calipers. I thought audiophile equipment was expensive...


Do you consider Bose high end audio? I submit for your approval:



Yes, that's tens of thousands for speaker cable. Your little toy bikes aren't even close to audiophile insanity.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
That's why I'll buy the cheaper Carbon Soloist frame. Just to keep it real. I'll put the money I save into new Zipps.
Without a doubt the most classic, BF quote of all time.

Pcad, I almost blew my chateauneuf du pape all over my keyboard when I read that, hommie.
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