best brakes

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by beckc, 22 Jul 2007.

  1. beckc

    beckc New Member

    I'm building a lightish triathlon bike based on Pedalforce group buy and am trying to determine best brakes.

    Some say Campag are better than Shimano.

    Is it worth paying extra to get something higher spec than Ultegra?

    As usual, all advice, experience shared knowledge much appreciated.
  2. Lardyboy

    Lardyboy New Member

    You don't need the absolute braking power of a racing bike in a triathlon so I'd be tempted to go for the lightest set you can afford, Campag, Shimano, whatever.
  3. Monty Dog

    Monty Dog New Member

    General opinion is that Campag brakes provide more progressive, powerful braking - whereas Shimano are more ON-OFF. However, Campag brake calipers don't have a QR on the caliper - so can be a little bit more fiddly for wheel removal if using wider tyres. Don't under-estimate the need for brakes on a tri-bike either - courses can often be more technical than a typical TT course and if your weights all up-front on a tri-bike, handling under braking can be pretty iffy.
  4. rustychisel

    rustychisel Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I'd say choosing below-par brakes is a dumb idea anytime. There will be an occasion where you'll need 'em. Having said that I've got a pair of side pull calipers (luvverly, they're Gipiemme Cronos) on a bike and they weigh about half what a Ultegra does. Work perfectly well, too.
  5. skwerl

    skwerl New Member

  6. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    How awful are those calipers ? Much prefer the polished look of Campag and Shimano.
  7. HJ

    HJ Cycling in Scotland

    Auld Reekie
    Aye, looks are more important that performance :thumbsup:
  8. OP

    beckc New Member

    any thoughts about Tektro R750s. They a light and look good and .. er they're on Boardman's top bike.
  9. craigwend

    craigwend Grimpeur des Holderness

    I've noticed which ever bike I use the newest one always brakes the best, though maybe it's just the newer brake pads?
  10. asterix

    asterix Comrade Member

    Limoges or York
    Yes, I find changing pads can make a big difference. My new brakes were rubbish with Aztec pads but fine with the shorter Massi ones.
  11. giant man

    giant man New Member

    Essex innit?
    What about Mavic calipers or Zero Gravity if you want light?
  12. rustychisel

    rustychisel Well-Known Member

    Mavic have no QR on the caliper, so can be a but of a pain in the arse, but they work damn well.

    ZGs are for anyone with a lot more money than sense.
  13. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    I find the Shimano DA ones are good although maybe not the cheapest, and they have the QR facility for wheel removal!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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