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Old 10-24-11, 11:36 AM
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Best brakes for $100

What would you guys buy if you had $100?
I'm looking at Sram Rivals off of ebay and also the CNC ultralight brakes from planet-x, they're just a little more than what I want to spend. Especially because I only need a front brake, though I'd be down to get a matching set. Thanks
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Old 10-24-11, 11:51 AM
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What brifters are you using? I would match them with those as different brands have different amounts of cable pull which may adversely affect modulation
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if shimano, go for the 6700 ultegra brakesets. the updated stock shimano pads work pretty well, as good as the salmons.
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Old 10-24-11, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by max5480 View Post
What would you guys buy if you had $100?
I'm looking at Sram Rivals off of ebay and also the CNC ultralight brakes from planet-x, they're just a little more than what I want to spend. Especially because I only need a front brake, though I'd be down to get a matching set. Thanks
The CNC ultralight brakes work very well. If you think they are too much money, try ebay. They have plenty of great brakes that come from Taiwan and weigh in at around 235g(if that is important). Most of them have no logos or brand names and sell for around $100. They also sell these "no logo" brakes on Amazon.
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Old 10-24-11, 12:32 PM
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What do you consider "best"? Light weight, low cost, stopping ability, looks? I ask because I'm not sure one brand of brakes is actually functionally better than another. Ultegra or DA brakes are probably lighter than generic Tektro brakes, but the mechanics are about the same. Many people recommend just replacing the pads if you just want better stopping power. On a previous bike I "upgraded" my generic brakes to 105s, mostly because I wanted a "full 105" group, but I assumed the 105 would actually function better. I was disappointed because they functioned no better than the generic. I guess the short version is don't expect "upgrade" brakes to do anything special.
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Old 10-24-11, 12:40 PM
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Hard to beat TRP 920s for Weight+function+looks. They can be had on Ebay, new or like new for around that much. may take a bit of patience tho'.
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CHeck the Planet X forged brakes. Same design as the CNCs, a few grams heavier (still WAY lighter than conventional dual pivots) and something like $85. And BTW, some claim that forging is better than CNC for making aluminum components - something about grain structure, etc.

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Originally Posted by pgjackson View Post
one brand of brakes is actually functionally better than another. Ultegra or DA brakes are probably lighter than generic Tektro brakes, but the mechanics are about the same.
I agree. If I had 100 to spend on brakes, maybe, probably, most likely get Rival because I have SRAM on about everything, but I wouldn't pass on 6700 if I could get them at that price.

Then again, I had to swap in some BR-R450 for some old BR-1055 (needed longer reach for the beater bike) and really no difference, except maybe lighter. Think about that these R450 things can be got for around $50 a pair. . . rebadged Tektro? I digress.
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Old 10-24-11, 01:07 PM
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Ultegra 6700's have outstanding braking.
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Old 10-24-11, 01:20 PM
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Can't really go wrong with ultegra or dura ace brakes (used sets can easily be had for under $100) unless you're a weight weenie.
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Anything SRAM... they come with Swiss Stop pads... unless you have Campy brifters.
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Yes, they DO come WITH nice pads. . .
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I dislike SRAM Rival brakes because they don't have a centering screw (Apex, Force, Red all do). So I'd recommend going with something else instead.
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I've never used a "centering" screw. Call me a caliper technology Luddite, if you will. . . .
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Originally Posted by bobbycorno View Post
CHeck the Planet X forged brakes. Same design as the CNCs, a few grams heavier (still WAY lighter than conventional dual pivots) and something like $85. And BTW, some claim that forging is better than CNC for making aluminum components - something about grain structure, etc.

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OP, what are you looking for from these new brakes? Sounds like you just want them to match. You can get a brand new set of 105s for about $100. They will work just as good as any other brake calipers. http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=50502
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new 105 brakes are awesome. stop on a dime and the brake shoes also pivot so you can align them to hit the rims perfectly...really nice.
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Originally Posted by pdxtex View Post
new 105 brakes are awesome. stop on a dime and the brake shoes also pivot so you can align them to hit the rims perfectly...really nice.
Yes, they work fine...but they don't perform any better than the stock Tektro brakes. My current bike has Tektro...I thought about getting 105's to complete the "full 105 groupo", but then decided to save my money.
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new 105 brakes are awesome. stop on a dime and the brake shoes also pivot so you can align them to hit the rims perfectly...really nice.
Same goes for the Shimano Sora brakes. $20.00 you can't go wrong.
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
Same goes for the Shimano Sora brakes. $20.00 you can't go wrong.
This.
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I got a pair of 6600 Ultegra brakes that were essentially never used because the guy upgraded to 6700 on his Tarmac SL2 for 40 dollars. I was looking for brakes for around a year as the rear brake on my Cervelo broke. 6600, 7700, or 7800 for under 100 dollars is the deal you should be looking for. They are outstanding brakes. Tektros are ok, I have one on my front, good overall stopping power, but they lack a bit in modulation
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I have a 6700 Ultegra brakeset if you're serious about buying em.
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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.
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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.
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Old 10-24-11, 08:58 PM
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Originally Posted by tagaproject6 View Post
Same goes for the Shimano Sora brakes. $20.00 you can't go wrong.
Not true if they are anything like tiagra level. The pad compound is horrible
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