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Which Brake Set?

Old 07-02-13, 09:02 AM
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Which Brake Set?

Hi all,

I have a BBQ CAAD10 105 that came with tektra brakes. I currently ride on Boyd Vitesse and need new brake set. My LBS suggested I go with Ultegras since I have the greyish black Ultegra crank set.

I would like to know if most of you would put on Ultegra brake set and if so, what color would you choose? silver or grey?

Any other brake sets you suggest that performs and looks good?
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Planet-X brakes come in different colors.
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Try new brake pads first.
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I had the same Tektras and hated them, the modulation of them was horrid. Went with Ultregras in grey to match my grey CAAD 9 105, if I could do it again I would go with the 105's and save the $20 bucks. The extra weight savings is minimal and in some cases I've heard 105 work even better than the Ultegra's due to the solid arms of the brake calipers oppose to the hollowed versions of the Ultegra's (for the weight savings). Regardless, besides my Oakley Jawbones, the brake upgrade was the best one I've ever made for my riding happiness (and safety).
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Shimano changed the brake cable pull ratios for 5700/6700 then also changed the brakes. If the Tektro's weren't updated for the difference you'd get the symptoms you're describing.
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also consider that the pad cages will make a difference. I picked up 6700 gray last year and was pleased with the color, but what was the best is that you can angle your pads to get rid of brake noise (in all 3 dimensions). The 105 series do not sell with that feature.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Try new brake pads first.
+1 . I put some kool stop pads on one of my bikes that has a set of tektro brakes and it made a big difference. I can now live with the stopping power. It's a cheap fix.
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also consider that the pad cages will make a difference. I picked up 6700 gray last year and was pleased with the color, but what was the best is that you can angle your pads to get rid of brake noise (in all 3 dimensions). The 105 series do not sell with that feature.
5700 brakes have the convex washers to allow toe in as well....
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If you don't ride in rain use the kool stop dual pads, slightly less squishy and slightly better heat resistance IME compared to the full salmon pads
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+1 on KoolStop Salmon

Aren't the convex washers for toe-in adjustment integral to the brake pad cartridge rather than the caliper? I would think that just about any caliper can be adequate for braking, from Tektro to Shimano, up and down the line-up. I've found that the cartridges/pads make the biggest difference for stopping. This has been true even for old single-pivot side pulls.

Maybe there's really a difference in caliper performance? Or it matters if the rider weighs a lot? Someone school me on this, please...
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Thanks for the replies.

I think I'm going with the ultegras...
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I have ultegra brakes on my R3. They're great.
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Originally Posted by Phil_gretz View Post
Aren't the convex washers for toe-in adjustment integral to the brake pad cartridge rather than the caliper? I would think that just about any caliper can be adequate for braking, from Tektro to Shimano, up and down the line-up. I've found that the cartridges/pads make the biggest difference for stopping. This has been true even for old single-pivot side pulls.

Maybe there's really a difference in caliper performance? Or it matters if the rider weighs a lot? Someone school me on this, please...
They all work just fine if the levers are matched to the calipers. If the levers pull too much cable the brakes become completely binary and hard to modulate. If the levers pull too little cable, you'll have a devil of a time getting them to clamp down tightly.
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I believe the koolstop salmon brake pads are for mainly wet conditions. If you want koolstops for mainly dry, I think black is recommended.
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Originally Posted by redlude97 View Post
5700 brakes have the convex washers to allow toe in as well....

I have both and my 5700 set didn't adjust as well or easily as my 6700. Perhaps the set that came on my bike had downgraded washers. [or at the time I didn't know what i was doing ]
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I have both and my 5700 set didn't adjust as well or easily as my 6700. Perhaps the set that came on my bike had downgraded washers. [or at the time I didn't know what i was doing ]
Since they use the same fixing bolt/washer setup https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Ultegr...rake+pads+5700 you can guess what the answer should be
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Originally Posted by redlude97 View Post
...you can guess what the answer should be
unnecessary comment.
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Rode most of them and yes, Ultegra's are great brakes. My personal favorites are Dura-Ace and SRAM Force
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