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Old 10-24-11, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
The difference is that campy brakes don't have a quick release because it is located on the lever. Shimano brakes have a quick release because the levers don't have one. If you have campy levers you can use any brakes. If you have shimano levers you can use any brakes however if the calipers are adjusted closely and you don't have a qr on the caliper, it can be hard to get the wheel in and out.
Cool, thanks for the info.
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Old 10-24-11, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by redlude97 View Post
Not true if they are anything like tiagra level. The pad compound is horrible
Good gravy. Spend $10 and get better pads. You don't need $300 Ultegra or DA brakes to get good pads.
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Old 10-24-11, 09:41 PM
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Just got some $60 (free shipping) Veloce brakes from Bikebaron on ebay.
Maybe I'll replace the pads sometime, but for now I'm glad to have the matching set!
I'll def post pictures!
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Originally Posted by redlude97 View Post
Not true if they are anything like tiagra level. The pad compound is horrible
Really, that's your rationale? Pads are easy to replace. You need to try harder.
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Old 10-25-11, 02:42 AM
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Originally Posted by mazdaspeed View Post
The difference is that campy brakes don't have a quick release because it is located on the lever. Shimano brakes have a quick release because the levers don't have one. If you have campy levers you can use any brakes. If you have shimano levers you can use any brakes however if the calipers are adjusted closely and you don't have a qr on the caliper, it can be hard to get the wheel in and out.
Yep. I have SRAM brakes on my Shimano equipped bike with no problems. You just want to avoid Campy brakes with non-Campy levers.
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Originally Posted by max5480 View Post
Just got some $60 (free shipping) Veloce brakes from Bikebaron on ebay.
Maybe I'll replace the pads sometime, but for now I'm glad to have the matching set!
I'll def post pictures!
You should shop around next time. $35 here with an extra %10 off through today. http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/roa...AR682000000000
Also the ones on ebay are 2009 models which are inferior to the new ones. The pads on the new model are much better and have a separate pad and holder. The finish on the news ones is better.
You should see if you can return the ebay ones.
Centar for $43 is the best deal: http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/roa...AR628000000000

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Used DA with either Kool Stop or new DA pads. Or, just get the pads, and forget the brakes.
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Probably my sneakers on the pavement.
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or a drag chute. . .
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Originally Posted by max5480 View Post
Thanks for all the replies.
I didn't realize that the brakes need to match up with the brifters;
I'm using Campagnolo Veloce brifters, so maybe I should go with Campy brakes?
I really like the Planet X CNC brakes, but don't know if i want to spend that much. I can't find the forged version - does anyone have a link?
Thanks everyone. I guess if I can't find the forged Planet X brakes I'll try to find some matching campy brakes on ebay or something.
I use Campy Veloce levers. They work well with Tektro stock calipers. Before I changed to Campy, I was running the Tektro calipers with Sora levers. These calipers actually work much better with the Campy levers. Or rather the Campy levers are much better than the Sora levers.
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Good gravy. Spend $10 and get better pads. You don't need $300 Ultegra or DA brakes to get good pads.
By the time you spend $10-20 for new cartridge style shoes, since they come with the threaded type that don't have toe in adjustment, you could have purchased a set of 105's already. I never said you need to spend $300, but $20 on Soras is hardly worth it.
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Old 10-25-11, 11:43 AM
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I have a set of the old veloce brakes, they're actually very good brakes. Comparable stopping power to older ultegra brakes easily. Heavy though.
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the OP did good with the Veloce brakes. as good of stopping power as most of the other more expensive sets out there. good looking too IMO.
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Originally Posted by redlude97 View Post
By the time you spend $10-20 for new cartridge style shoes, since they come with the threaded type that don't have toe in adjustment, you could have purchased a set of 105's already. I never said you need to spend $300, but $20 on Soras is hardly worth it.
Incorrect. The SORA BR-3400 has toe-in adjustment. You really need to do more research before making statements like that.

Its worth is really dependent on the end user. Maybe, it is not worth it for you, but for some on a tight budget, it is an excellent product.
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it all comes down to rider preference i guess, but i wouldn't go out of my way to equip a bike with tektro brakes. if it came stock, fine, ill ride around with them for a bit but id eventually try and get some shimano brakes on there. tektro calipers seem thin and bendy to me. maybe their top end calipers are better but low end brakes that come stock on mid level bike seem junky. honestly, i do the best on craigslist. found a pair of NOS ultegra 6500 for 45 bucks. they stop great and are quite elegant looking.
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Originally Posted by pdxtex View Post
NOS ultegra 6500 for 45 bucks.
That reminds me of something I had to learn the hard way. Don't go any older than 6500. The holes on 6403 are a tad smaller, so they don't except the modern brake shoes that will take better pads like Kool Stop and Swiss Stop. I was stuck with NOS Ultegra shoe/pad units until I updated my brakes.
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That reminds me of something I had to learn the hard way. Don't go any older than 6500. The holes on 6403 are a tad smaller, so they don't except the modern brake shoes that will take better pads like Kool Stop and Swiss Stop. I was stuck with NOS Ultegra shoe/pad units until I updated my brakes.
I have modern pads on my 6403 calipers, dunno. They're pretty solid brakes though despite being really old.
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i dont think the holes in the caliper arms have changed dimensions in the last 20 years or even ever. not with shimano at least. im also running a pair of NOS 105 calipers from the early 90's on my commuter and i can put cartridge style brakes in them just fine. they work great.
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Best brakes I've used are Mavic brakes, super braking power even compared with DA brakes.. Work great with campy group.. Can be found on ebay for under 100 used or a little more for new..

http://www.roadbikereview.com/cat/br...0_2480crx.aspx
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