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Do brakes matter?

Old 12-21-08, 11:29 AM
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Do brakes matter?

so yeah, i have an old bike and it has shimano exage brakes. i found a pair of campy mirage brakes off nashbar for 35 dollars, and was wondering if it would be worth it to upgrade; or the brakes i have are perfectly fine?

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You can almost never change just one part on a bike.

Road bike brakes generally have a quick release mechanism that opens the caliper enough so the tire can pass through easily. Shimano puts the quick release on the caliper. Campy puts it on the brake lever. If you pair a Campy caliper with a Shimano lever you won't have one.

Brakes are over rated anyway. All they do is slow you down.
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Brake pads will probably do more, assuming all is well adjusted and working.

I don't know anything about exage brakes, but if they're not dual-pivot, that'd be a nice upgrade.

If you've got Shimano levers on Campy callipers, you won't be able to release the cable to more-easily get the wheel out. This may or may not matter to you or your wheel.
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what is brakes?
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When I upgraded to Shimano 10 speed, I kept the 8 speed brake calipers and front derailleur to save some cash. As mentioned above, you might have to let air out of your tire to get the wheel off if you run Campy calipers with Shimano levers. This will probably not be an issue if you run 23mm or narrower tires and don't like your brakes set close.


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what is brakes?
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8 speed brake calipers
Whaaa???
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My Exage brakes didn't have any quick release on them at all.
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what is brakes?
i dont know what brakes is, but that kid is soooo hip!
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spinnergy death star front wheel, check
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no front brake, check

he's hip alright.
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Originally Posted by PhrogBoy View Post
Whaaa???
I kept the brake calipers and front derailleur from the 8 speed Ultegra/600 group when I upgraded everything else to 10 speed Ultegra. Capice?
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I kept the brake calipers and front derailleur from the 8 speed Ultegra/600 group when I upgraded everything else to 10 speed Ultegra. Capice?
Yes, I capice. Just having some simple-minded fun.
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Yes, I capice. Just having some simple-minded fun.
Oh sorry, my sophisticated mind wasn't able to comprehend such simple thoughts
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Brakes just slow you down. The Exage ones are fine. You don't need the QR unless you run tyres a lot wider than your rim. If you really need a stronger front brake, upgrade that to dual pivot. The back brake doesn't need to be so powerful, and single pivot will be a tad lighter.
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Originally Posted by Ludl94 View Post
Do brakes matter?
nah
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
You can almost never change just one part on a bike.

Road bike brakes generally have a quick release mechanism that opens the caliper enough so the tire can pass through easily. Shimano puts the quick release on the caliper. Campy puts it on the brake lever. If you pair a Campy caliper with a Shimano lever you won't have one.

Brakes are over rated anyway. All they do is slow you down.
incorrect.
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