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Long drop brake calipers

Discussion in 'Fixed Gear and Single Speed' started by stevekerouac, 1 May 2008.

  1. stevekerouac

    stevekerouac New Member

    Maybe not the best forum for this but I'm in need of some road cali's for a racer, long (57mm) drop.

    Its coming down to a choice between the new R450's at about £35 and the discontinued A550's on ebay (new) for £32.

    To my eye the old A550's look better made but I don't know about weight etc.

    What do you reckon?
     
  2. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    I would have thought the 550s were a level above 450s. I'm sure I have the older 550s on the Audax bike, although I can't see any indentification marks on them.

    I've never had any problems with them as brakes and certainly haven't found them in anywhere inferior to standard drop brakes. Pays your money and takes your choice!
     
  3. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
  4. OP
    OP
    stevekerouac

    stevekerouac New Member

    You think the tektro's are better than the 550's? They do have re-fillable shoes I spose. They're only £27 here

    Also seen some Fixie's with Miche brakes but the black won't go with my 80's white paintjob
     
  5. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
    I haven't used the A550s. Several reviews seem to reckon the Tektros are of Ultegra quality. I would have thought they were at least as good as the A550s and look better than the R450s.

    They seem to be a bit lighter than the A550s and better finished. The pads are so so, but can be changed easily enough. I am sure that either brake would be fine though.
     
  6. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    Not sure what my tektro is on the front but it looks like crap after just a years use with the metal plating peeling off, rusting bolts and the like.

    Edit - I should add that the A550's I've had on the road bike for a couple of years are still mint.
     
  7. Chris James

    Chris James Über Member

    Location:
    Huddersfield
    Tektro 521AGs are polished aluminium and mine look pristine after 18 months use, including lots of winter miles in heavily gritted West Yorkshire.
     
  8. robbarker

    robbarker Well-Known Member

  9. k-dog

    k-dog New Member

    ^ yeah, but they're £40 each!
     
  10. GrahamG

    GrahamG Über Member

    Location:
    Bristol