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Old June 7th 06, 09:49 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Default Generic Brakes vs Dura-Ace 7700 brakes ?

I have a Giant OCR1 road bike that came with generic brakes, probably
Tectro (?). Being used to V-brakes on my beater bike, I thought the
Giant generic brakes were lousy. I put Kook-Stop black pads on them
and they do work noticeably better. But I like having very good and
controllable stopping power. I can get a used but very clean set of
DuraAce 7700 brakes for $70. Will they work noticeabley better? Weight
is not a concern as there is probably very little difference.

thanks to all

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Old June 7th 06, 11:16 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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RS wrote:
I have a Giant OCR1 road bike that came with generic brakes, probably
Tectro (?). Being used to V-brakes on my beater bike, I thought the
Giant generic brakes were lousy. I put Kook-Stop black pads on them
and they do work noticeably better. But I like having very good and
controllable stopping power. I can get a used but very clean set of
DuraAce 7700 brakes for $70. Will they work noticeabley better? Weight
is not a concern as there is probably very little difference.

If you want better braking the consensus here is to get yourself a set
of Kool-Stop Salmon colored brake pads. At about $10 per caliper its
cheaper than another set of brake calipers, especially if weigh is not
a concern.

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Old June 7th 06, 11:39 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Default Generic Brakes vs Dura-Ace 7700 brakes ?

Not the 7700s. Good cables might improve things. (The 7700s were
hollowed out a bit to reduce weight. There were complaints about their
lack of stiffness. This was apparently fixed with the 7800s.)

RS wrote:
I have a Giant OCR1 road bike that came with generic brakes, probably
Tectro (?). Being used to V-brakes on my beater bike, I thought the
Giant generic brakes were lousy. I put Kook-Stop black pads on them
and they do work noticeably better. But I like having very good and
controllable stopping power. I can get a used but very clean set of
DuraAce 7700 brakes for $70. Will they work noticeabley better? Weight
is not a concern as there is probably very little difference.

thanks to all

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Old June 8th 06, 03:19 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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RS wrote:
I have a Giant OCR1 road bike that came with generic brakes, probably
Tectro (?). Being used to V-brakes on my beater bike, I thought the
Giant generic brakes were lousy. I put Kook-Stop black pads on them
and they do work noticeably better. But I like having very good and
controllable stopping power. I can get a used but very clean set of
DuraAce 7700 brakes for $70. Will they work noticeabley better?
Weight is not a concern as there is probably very little difference.

thanks to all


No. Your cables and housing are likely in need of lube, replacement, or
both.

--
Phil


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Old June 8th 06, 03:21 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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bfd wrote:
RS wrote:
I have a Giant OCR1 road bike that came with generic brakes, probably
Tectro (?). Being used to V-brakes on my beater bike, I thought the
Giant generic brakes were lousy. I put Kook-Stop black pads on them
and they do work noticeably better. But I like having very good and
controllable stopping power. I can get a used but very clean set of
DuraAce 7700 brakes for $70. Will they work noticeabley better?
Weight is not a concern as there is probably very little difference.

If you want better braking the consensus here is to get yourself a set
of Kool-Stop Salmon colored brake pads. At about $10 per caliper its
cheaper than another set of brake calipers, especially if weigh is not
a concern.


The OP has KS pads already. Salmon isn't appreciably different than black.
The $20 is far better spent on cables and housing.

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Phil


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Old June 8th 06, 09:11 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Phil, Squid-in-Training wrote:
RS wrote:
I have a Giant OCR1 road bike that came with generic brakes, probably
Tectro (?). Being used to V-brakes on my beater bike, I thought the
Giant generic brakes were lousy. I put Kook-Stop black pads on them
and they do work noticeably better. But I like having very good and
controllable stopping power. I can get a used but very clean set of
DuraAce 7700 brakes for $70. Will they work noticeabley better?
Weight is not a concern as there is probably very little difference.

thanks to all


No. Your cables and housing are likely in need of lube, replacement, or
both.

--
Phil


Not doubting your advice, but all I read about the tektro was that they
are rather mushy.

But indeed, start with good cabling... you can allways decide to
upgrade afterwards.

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Old June 8th 06, 10:25 AM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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RS wrote:
I have a Giant OCR1 road bike that came with generic brakes, probably
Tectro (?). Being used to V-brakes on my beater bike, I thought the
Giant generic brakes were lousy. I put Kook-Stop black pads on them
and they do work noticeably better. But I like having very good and
controllable stopping power. I can get a used but very clean set of
DuraAce 7700 brakes for $70. Will they work noticeabley better? Weight
is not a concern as there is probably very little difference.

thanks to all


I don't know if those Dura-Ace brakes are any better, but they may not fit
your frame in any case. You might want to check the reach of your frame. I
believe that at least some if not all of the OCR models are designed to use
"long" reach brakes.


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Old June 8th 06, 02:09 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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RS wrote:
I have a Giant OCR1 road bike that came with generic brakes, probably
Tectro (?). Being used to V-brakes on my beater bike, I thought the
Giant generic brakes were lousy. I put Kook-Stop black pads on them
and they do work noticeably better. But I like having very good and
controllable stopping power. I can get a used but very clean set of
DuraAce 7700 brakes for $70. Will they work noticeabley better? Weight
is not a concern as there is probably very little difference.

thanks to all


We have sold lots of Tektro brakes and they work well....OR get some
shimano 105 brakes...they work well also-

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Old June 8th 06, 02:11 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Andrew Lee wrote:
RS wrote:
I have a Giant OCR1 road bike that came with generic brakes, probably
Tectro (?). Being used to V-brakes on my beater bike, I thought the
Giant generic brakes were lousy. I put Kook-Stop black pads on them
and they do work noticeably better. But I like having very good and
controllable stopping power. I can get a used but very clean set of
DuraAce 7700 brakes for $70. Will they work noticeabley better? Weight
is not a concern as there is probably very little difference.

thanks to all


I don't know if those Dura-Ace brakes are any better, but they may not fit
your frame in any case. You might want to check the reach of your frame. I
believe that at least some if not all of the OCR models are designed to use
"long" reach brakes.


Not true, use standard reach brakes.

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Old June 8th 06, 03:28 PM posted to rec.bicycles.tech
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Default Generic Brakes vs Dura-Ace 7700 brakes ?

Not doubting your advice, but all I read about the tektro was that
they are rather mushy.


I have these brakes on my bike, and honestly they're not mushy at all after
lubing the cables and housing. They were horrendous until I did so though.

Mushy feelings are usually due to either affection, or the brake pads not
being oriented completely square to the rim. Pads without orbital
adjustment suffer severely from this. Remember, not all Tektros are
equipped with the orbital adjusters.

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Phil


 




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