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Zero G Negative G brakes

Old 04-16-09, 08:54 PM
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Zero G Negative G brakes

How many of you are riding Neg G brakes? If so how do you like them? Looking at a picking up a set local for cheap. I run DA7800 now, I weigh about 175lbs.
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Old 04-16-09, 08:57 PM
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I'm diggin on these too online you can build some pretty intense custom brakes.
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Old 04-16-09, 09:01 PM
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I have the zero gs, the negatives are supposed to be stronger but less modulation. I prefer to have the modulation, personally...
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I'm about 175 lbs and run Zero Gravity brakes. I obtained them in a "hey, why not?" sort of trade on CL and because I've heard the mixed reviews, I installed them with Nokon cables (compressionless, supposedly helps braking) and Kool Stop pads. I can't say that braking with the 0G is good, but braking with that full system is suprisingly nice and effective. The brakes have a lot of modulation, which I like. Some may consider it mushy, but I found that it was easier to slow down at a rapid pace without locking my back wheel up. I was previously using Ultegra 6600 or Chorus '08 brakes.
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Old 04-16-09, 10:46 PM
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if you have internal brake cable runs be careful, the return spring is kinda weak and with the friction of the internal cable run they didn't work on my BMC. They worked fine on my Tarmac.
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I love my 0gs...great modulation as others have said and still plenty of power. ok, I don't weigh 175, and I think brakes are too grabby. I know some rider love dura ace brakes, but I find that they are very light action and slow the bike down too much. I end up have to pedal hard out of a turn. with my 0gs, I can control the power and modulate my speed.
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I run 2005 Zero Gravity and go *cough* 190lbs *cough* right now. They have enough power to drag my fat ass to a stop in a big hurry.

FWIW though I've run this same set of brakes with DA shifters, Campy 2008 and the new 2009 and Sram Red and they didn't work that great with the DA.
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Originally Posted by mortimer99 View Post
if you have internal brake cable runs be careful, the return spring is kinda weak and with the friction of the internal cable run they didn't work on my BMC. They worked fine on my Tarmac.
i put them on my Felt DA and, as mentioned above- the return spring is quite limp wristed. i'll be replacing with campy skeleton in the near future.
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Originally Posted by mortimer99 View Post
if you have internal brake cable runs be careful, the return spring is kinda weak and with the friction of the internal cable run they didn't work on my BMC. They worked fine on my Tarmac.
Thanks for this, I am riding a BMC. Do you think that it would work better with Yokozuna cables?
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Old 04-17-09, 08:48 AM
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Friend of mine has a set on her bike. She likes them. She had Ultegra brakes before and said they stop much better than those. I was going to buy a set but the single pivot worried me.
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Originally Posted by JayC View Post
Friend of mine has a set on her bike. She likes them. She had Ultegra brakes before and said they stop much better than those. I was going to buy a set but the single pivot worried me.
I am having trouble parsing this. Are you saying the NGs or the Ultegras stop better?
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Sorry.. the ZG's stop better than the Ultegras. Theyre damn nice looking brakes too.
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Originally Posted by blindvelcro View Post
Thanks for this, I am riding a BMC. Do you think that it would work better with Yokozuna cables?
I had one of the BMC team mechanics over to try and make it work. We greased the cables, shot triflow in the internal housing..etc etc. No luck. It MAY work better with the other cables, but I scraped them and put on DA brakes.
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Old 04-23-09, 05:27 PM
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Don't try to save weight in your brakes. Your DA brakes have soooo much more stopping power. The Zero Gs are single pivots so you have to squeeze the lever much harder than a DA/Campy/Sram. At the end of a long downhill when you hands hurt you will not care about the weight. They may work if you weigh 120 but not 175. Dont waste you $$.
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Old 04-23-09, 08:04 PM
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I bought a pair just to have the front one for one of my track bikes. It's just for show anyway.
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